MLS Digital has launched a native app on Apple TV, Landon Donovan is still a question mark for the Portland match, and both US Soccer and the MLS Players Association have released financial documents. That and more in today's Four Star Daily:
- MLS Digital announced today the launch of a native app on Apple TV. Like MLB, the Apple TV app for MLS will allow users to watch their MLS Live subscriptions on the big screen and also access other MLS video content and stats. MLS already has an app on Roku, and the iPhone/iPod touch Match Day app supports AirPlay so users could stream video through the Apple TV.
- US Soccer has released an updated financial statement which details some of their sponsorships and expenses. Soccer United Marketing is the marketing representation arm of US Soccer as well as MLS (outside of the US Soccer - Nike contract which predated SUM) and pays out an annual guaranteed amount to US Soccer. The payout this last fiscal year was $11,110,170 which is up about three million from that last fiscal year. US Soccer received $12,950,000 from Nike, although some of that is in the form of equipment.
- Speaking of financials, the Players Union released an updated salary survey. It doesn't include an update on Omar Gonzalez' or Landon Donovan's salaries, but it does include Jaime Penedo for the first time. He's guaranteed $81,562.50, which is well more than Perk or Rowe but less than Cudicini is making to attend practices. Laurent Courtois was signed for the veteran minimum.
- The fantasy report on Donovan before the CCL match was that if he played in Costa Rica he'd be a possible for Portland. Although Bruce Arena has said Donovan should be available for Portland, he also said that about Seattle. Flying Donovan to Costa Rica just so Portland would game plan for his involvement would be some extreme gamesmanship. Also worth noting that Seattle could be without Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson this weekend when they take on New York, who could be without Thierry Henry and Jamison Olave. At this point of the season, teams have to get players healthy for the playoffs while still maintaining their playoff position. It's extremely difficult.