The soccer news starts with what can happen with assumptions. FIFA ruled against a claim brought by Crossfire Premier over a solidarity payment the club believed due for the transfer of DeAndre Yedlin to Spurs. The assumption was that FIFA sided with the arguments many make that solidarity payments aren't part of the American system. Instead, it turns out what FIFA's Dispute Resolution Chamber decided was that Crossfire was due the solidarity payment, just not from Spurs.
ESPN's Jeff Carlisle relayed the decision from the complete report, with FIFA saying that Spurs already paid the full transfer amount to MLS. What happens now with the Crossfire claim is up to that organization, but the takeaway is clear. FIFA sided with their solidarity system and it applies in the United States.
What's odd about this is MLS would likely welcome that decision. They've recently changed their mind about solidarity payments, the result of watching some of their academy players never officially sign with MLS before turning pro somewhere else. Under the solidarity payment system, MLS would likely get something for helping to develop the player.
That change in scope from the league carries with it the same criticism youth clubs have seen. The American system isn't built around what a player does with his professional future financially benefiting a youth team through a percentage of a transfer fee. How the US Soccer Federation chooses to respond to this latest twist to the solidarity payments question is going to need to address the Dispute Resolution Chamber ruling one way or the other. Regardless, FIFA may have just altered the scope of American youth soccer.
Also in the soccer news, Atlanta United knocked Charleston out of the US Open Cup with a 3-1 win at a closed door game in Kennesaw, GA. The game required rescheduling due to field conditions in Charleston. Atlanta fell behind to Ian Svantesson's goal in the 20th minute. Romario Williams equalized in the 79th with that score holding through regulation. Brandon Vasquez made the difference for United, scoring in the 110th and 120th minutes. Atlanta advances to play at Columbus in the round of 16 on June 18.
Inside World Football's Paul Nicholson previews the 2019 Gold Cup. MLSsoccer ranks the Gold Cup teams. The Houston Chronicle's Glynn A Hill's look at the Gold Cup group stage. SI.com's Luis Miguel Echegaray on Bermuda and the benefits of the expanded Gold Cup. Goal's Ives Galarcep profiles USMNT player Duane Holmes. SBI Soccer's Larry Henry Jr has USMNT player Jordan Morris talking about the Gold Cup. The Las Vegas Review-Journal's Ben Gotz talks to Las Vegas Lights coach Eric Wynalda.
Soccer America's Paul Gardner previews the Ukraine vs South Korea U-20 World Cup final. The Guardian's Sid Lowe with the crowd and the expectations as Eden Hazard joins Real Madrid. The NY Times' Tariq Panja interviews former UEFA president Michel Platini.
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