Matthew Hall

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May 19

Can the A-League learn anything from the US experience with the MLS?

Despite some market similarities and familiar challenges there are stark differences in experience and strategy

Australian football has long been fascinated by Major League Soccer. A 2003 report by the National Soccer League Task Force – an “Australian Soccer Association” brains trust charged with figuring out just what the future A-League should be – featured several pages on the American version of club football.

Around the same time, player-turned-pundit Andy Harper was sent to the US by Football Federation Australia to discover what the Americans were up to first hand. In 2008, another FFA delegation flew across the Pacific to learn more about MLS while, more recently, Mark Falvo – FFA’s head of international affairs and government relations – spoke to the league’s New York City headquarters about how to approach proposed expansion.

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Apr 19

Orlando Pride coach Tom Sermanni: ‘Something special is happening here’

The former US national coach is starting his second season in charge of the Pride – and believes the club, with its brand new stadium, is going places

At the new downtown stadium where Orlando Pride make their home debut this weekend, there are 49 seats that hold a special place in the team’s short history.

The 25,500-capacity arena, completed this year and shared with Orlando City of MLS, has included in its design a section of seats in purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red rows. It’s no random color scheme. The club plans for the seats to serve as a permanent tribute to the people murdered in the shooting at one of the city’s LGBT nightclubs on 12 June 2016.

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