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USSF, promoter in court clash over international games

A lawyer for promoter Relevent Sports has asked a judge to order the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) to sanction international league matches in the United States.

The USSF last month denied an application by Relevent Sports, owned by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, to have Ecuador's Barcelona and Guayaquil clubs play at Miami Gardens, Florida, on May 5.

It cited an Oct. 26 announcement by FIFA that its ruling council "emphasised the sporting principle that official league matches must be played...

U.S. Soccer cites FIFA guidelines over blocked Relevent Sports Miami match

The U.S. Soccer Federation said FIFA guidelines prevented it from approving an Ecuadorian league match in Miami one day after Relevent Sports sued the USSF over the its refusal to sanction the game.

In a statement given to ESPN, the USSF said it "reached out to FIFA and verified the FIFA Council's October 2018 confirmation stating the sporting principle that official league matches must be played within the territory of the respective member association."

Relevent later issued a statement of...

U.S. Soccer faces suit from Relevent Sports over planned match in Miami

Multimedia sports and entertainment company Relevent, a promoter of international soccer matches, has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation and its secretary general, Dan Flynn, after the USSF refused to sanction the playing of an Ecuadorian league match in Miami.

According to the filing, Relevent was attempting to stage a match between Ecuadorian sides Barcelona SC and Guayaquil City FC, to be held May 5 at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium. As the national governing body for soccer, the USSF...

Swansea's Jefferson Montero joins Emelec on sub-loan from Getafe

Jefferson Montero has returned to Emelec, in Ecuador, on a sub-loan from Getafe.

Swansea City winger Jefferson Montero has joined former club Emelec on a sub-loan from Spanish side Getafe for the remainder of the season.

The Ecuador international moved to Getafe on a season-long loan in the summer but has been limited to just 55 minutes in four substitute appearances.

Swansea permitted Getafe to complete the deal, subject to international clearance, though Montero will remain on Getafe's books, according to a statement from Swansea.

The 28-year-old began his professional career...


FC Dallas loans out injured DP Anibal Chala before debut in MLS

FC Dallas have loaned Anibal Chala to LDU Quito for the remainder in 2017, hoping to have him healthy and ready for 2018.
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FC Dallas loaned out one of its new designated players on Friday, before Anibal Chala ever played a game for the MLS club.

Chala joined Dallas as a young DP from Ecuador's Nacional in December, but the 21-year-old has yet to debut after suffering a sports hernia injury in the preseason.

And Dallas has now put off the defender's first MLS appearance until 2018 by loaning him back to another Ecuador club, LDU Quito, for the rest of the season.

"We're disappointed," FC Dallas technical director Fernando...