Former NYC FC intern accuses David Villa of sexual harassment

  • Former Spain striker denies allegations over time in MLS
  • Skyler Badillo says club did not take complaints seriously

A former intern at New York City FC says she was sexually harassed by David Villa, and the club failed to take her complaints seriously.

Skyler Badillo came into contact with the former Barcelona and Spain striker while working with the MLS club’s training staff as part of her college degree.

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Former NYC FC intern accuses David Villa of sexual harassment

  • Former Spain striker denies allegations over time in MLS
  • Skyler Badillo says club did not take complaints seriously

A former intern at New York City FC says she was sexually harassed by David Villa, and the club failed to take her complaints seriously.

Skyler Badillo came into contact with the former Barcelona and Spain striker while working with the MLS club’s training staff as part of her college degree.

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MLS playoffs 2020: Can Philadelphia Union finish out their fairytale year?

Perennial also-rans Philadelphia are the improbable favorites as the MLS playoffs kick off on Friday night. But usual suspects Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC are right there with them

Eighteen teams, 17 matches, 23 days. What promises to be the most unpredictable Major League Soccer playoffs in the 25-year history of America’s top division kicks off Friday night with a pair of play-in games ahead of this weekend’s first round proper. Here’s an idea of what to expect.

Related: Philadelphia Union quell New England to claim Supporters' Shield and top seed

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Philadelphia Union quell New England to claim Supporters’ Shield and top seed

  • Sergio Santos and Cory Burke hit for Union in season finale
  • Union claim Supporters’ Shield, first trophy in club history
  • David Beckham’s Inter Miami side claim final playoff berth

The Philadelphia Union wrapped up the Supporters’ Shield and top seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs on the final day of the MLS regular season on Sunday.

The Union got goals from Sergio Santos and Cory Burke to beat New England 2-0 and claim the Supporters’ Shield for the first time in club history.

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Javier Hernández is reaching Steven Gerrard levels of disappointment at Galaxy

The Mexico star may well expand MLS’s fanbase but LA Galaxy are winless in games he has started this season

Major League Soccer spent years preparing for Javier “Chicharito” Hernández’s arrival. While the 32-year-old’s achievements in the sport come nowhere close to the likes of David Beckham, Thierry Henry, David Villa or many of the other big-name Designated Players to have graced the league, his standing as a Mexican superstar made his transfer to the LA Galaxy earlier this year a landmark moment.

Off the pitch, Hernández has the potential to accelerate MLS’s growth more than any individual since Beckham. On the pitch, though, he has underwhelmed in 2020. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker has scored just once in eight appearances for the LA Galaxy this season, but somehow those numbers still don’t reflect the extent to which he has been a disappointment.

Related: Zlatan Ibrahimovic's legacy hard to define as he bids Hollywood farewell

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Quick backheel reactions result in last-minute Hartford Athletic winner – video

With their USL game fast approaching added time, it looked as though Hartford Athletic had thrown away a 2-0 lead to Philadelphia Union II. However, after the Union goalkeeper had collected the ball from a cross, he attempted to release the ball down the field, only for Hartford's Danny Barrera to stick his leg out backwards to intercept. The result was a perfect looping backheel into the empty net, an inventive way to win all three points

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Real Salt Lake owner to sell club in wake of reports of racist comments

  • Dell Loy Hansen was also critical of protests against racism
  • ‘I recognize that at times I have spoken too quickly’

Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen will sell his teams in the wake of reports that he made racist comments, Major League Soccer said on Sunday.

Hansen’s Utah Soccer Holdings includes his MLS club, the Utah Royals of the National Women’s Soccer League and the United Soccer League’s Real Monarchs.

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Wave of postponements as US sports join Jacob Blake protests – video report

Games across US leagues been called off as athletes protest against racial injustice following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin last week.

Three NBA play-off games, two Major League Baseball matches, three WNBA fixtures and five MLS games were postponed after player-led actions in response to the shooting of Blake and the civil unrest that has followed.

Naomi Osaka also withdrew from the Western & Southern Open in solidarity with the protests. 

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MLS joins wave of protests against racial injustice with five games postponed

  • Major League Soccer joins NBA and MLB in calling games off
  • Boycotts follow police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin

Five Major League Soccer matches were postponed Wednesday night as players made a collective statement against racial injustice. The action came amid a wave of boycotts in US sports, with NBA play-off games, baseball and tennis matches all called off in protest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin on Sunday.

Atlanta United v Inter Miami, FC Dallas v Colorado, Portland v San Jose, Real Salt Lake v LAFC, LA Galaxy v Seattle were all called off as players decided not to take part in solidarity. The lone match played was between Orlando City and Nashville SC.

Related: NBA joined by MLB teams in boycott to protest police shooting of Jacob Blake

Related: Western & Southern Open suspends entire day of play in racial injustice protest

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MLS is pulling fans into stadiums, but TV audiences remain underwhelming

The league is behind only the NFL and MLB in terms of average attendance at games, but attracting television viewers is still tough

The ties between the MLS Is Back Tournament and TV were undeniable. The mid-season tournament, designed to keep the league rolling during the Covid-19 pandemic, was by its very nature a TV product right down to its hosting at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida. No fans in the stands didn’t mean no fans watching.

In fact, with almost every other major sports league in the United States put on ice over the early part of the summer this was a chance for MLS to dominate the airwaves. The NBA would eventually join MLS in gathering in Florida, but there was nearly a month between the start of the MLS Is Back Tournament and the resumption of the basketball season. Soccer had Walt Disney World to itself for weeks.

Related: Will MLS and Liga MX merge to form a North American behemoth?

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Blaise Matuidi signs with David Beckham’s Inter Miami on free transfer

  • France international signs with Beckham’s first-year MLS club
  • Matuidi, 33, scored eight goals in 133 appearances for Juventus

David Beckham’s Inter Miami announced the signing of France international Blaise Matuidi on Thursday morning, the second day of Major League Soccer’s secondary transfer window.

Related: Fans boo players kneeling for national anthem before MLS game in Dallas

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Fans boo players kneeling for national anthem before MLS game in Dallas

  • Reggie Cannon rips fans’ ‘absolutely disgusting’ reaction
  • Nashville won 1-0 in both teams’ first match since March

There was a smattering of boos when players from FC Dallas and Nashville SC collectively took a knee during the national anthem before their MLS game on Wednesday night in Frisco, Texas.

Dallas defender Reggie Cannon said he was disgusted by the boos at Toyota Stadium when players and officials knelt to call attention to racial injustice. He said teammate Ryan Hollingshead turned to him afterward and said he was sorry.

Related: A much-need respite or foolish risk? MLS welcomes back fans

Related: Blaise Matuidi signs with David Beckham's Inter Miami on free transfer

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