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MLS authorizes gambling sponsorships on jerseys

A MLS match ball sits in the foreground of draft HQ ahead of the 2019 SuperDraft.
MLS announced the league will allow sponsorships from sports betting and alcoholic spirits companies on jerseys and stadiums.

Major League Soccer will become the first major American sports league to sell jersey sponsorship and stadium naming rights to companies in the sports betting and spirits industries.

While MLS had previously allowed such sponsorship for beer and wine companies, recent developments, including last year's U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed states to legalize sports gambling, paved the way for the league to expand its rules regarding sponsorship.

In addition to allowing such sponsorships on the...

Atlanta's Barco out at least two weeks with injury

A pair of goals from Brandon Vazquez led Atlanta United past Columbus and into the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup.

Atlanta United standout midfielder Ezequiel Barco will miss at least two weeks due to a knee injury, coach Frank de Boer told reporters on Monday.

Barco suffered the injury during the club's win over the Columbus Crew in U.S. Open Cup play last Tuesday.

According to De Boer, Barco was kicked in the knee on multiple occasions in the contest.

The 20-year-old Barco also was named to his second straight MLS All-Star game. He has four goals and one assist in eight games (six starts) this season.

The...