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Soccer Business Bits: Digitial Mag, Cup Qualifiers & More

mlsMLS unveiled Overlap Magazine, a digital app available through the itunes store that offers featured and essays about the league, its players and more.  The league promoted the app through direct e-mail, Twitter and other online sources in an effort to capture its tech savvy fan base.  Per the official description “OVERLAP is a digital magazine about North American soccer, with original writing, photography, illustration and audio from the editors of MLSsoccer.com and Howler Magazine. Issue One includes a profile of Sporting Kansas City’s Graham Zusi, a feature about three rookies and their roads to MLS, an essay by the NYT’s George Vecsey, and a wide-ranging season preview from four of North America’s leading pundits, and a lot more original artwork and storytelling.”

The USSF announced the various homes of the upcoming US home matches for the World Cup qualifiers scheduled for the next few months.  Among the venues are Columbus, Kansas City and perhaps most notably, Seattle.  After 40 years, the US Men will return to Seattle and will play at Century Link Field.  The game comes to Seattle despite the requirement of a temporary grass field and an attendance restriction of 42k because of a Mariners game next door.

One final note.  The US Qualifier from Colorado is set for Friday night.  The game will be televised on ESPN.  At the same time, MLS will offer a full slate of weekend matches including a nationally televised game on NBCSN and Sunday game on UniMas.