San Jose Earthquakes moving to San Francisco?

San Francisco Chronicle: “Mayor Gavin Newsom confirmed Thursday that he has met with Quakes president and general manager Alexi Lalas and other team representatives to talk about moving the Major League Soccer squad north from San Jose.” A soccer-specific stadium in China Basin was discussed. Kezar Stadium or SBC Park could be temporary venues until the new stadium is constructed….

Major League Soccer expands to Salt Lake City

Major League Soccer announced Salt Lake City as the site of the league’s newest expansion team. The team will be owned and operated by Dave Checketts’ Sports Capital Partners. The team will play at the University of Utah’s Rice-Eccles stadium for its first two seasons. Rice-Eccles stadium is the home of the United Soccer League’s Utah Blitzz and was the site of the 2002 Winter Olympic opening and closing ceremonies. The playing field is synthetic Field Turf, not real grass….

Nick Littlehales, official sleep consultant for England’s Football Association

Nick Littlehales is the official sleep consultant for the English Football Association during the Euro 2004 championships. The Financial Times profiles Nick and his efforts to help the team turn less times per night. “The England team’s bedrooms were adapted to create Kingsize and Superking sizes providing more room to sleep and relax. A visco-elastic foam pressure relieving layer was added to each mattress to improve comfort and support. The traditional hotel bed coverings were replaced by hypoallergenic pillows and breathable duvets covered in a pure Egyptian white cotton linen to provide coolness.”…

Mulrooney Soccer Academy

Mulrooney Soccer Academy is a soccer day camp in San Jose featuring professional soccer players as coaches. Richard Mulrooney, Landon Donovan, Craig Waibel, Pat Onstad, and other professional soccer coaches will teach 90 kids per session. Formerly Cannon Mulrooney soccer camps, but with Joe Cannon in Denver it makes sense to rebrand….