The Washington Post
Hip-hop artist Yo Gotti investing in D.C. United
Yo Gotti, a hip-hop artist and record executive, and Eyob “Joe” Mamo, a major petroleum executive in the area, are part of a group investing in D.C. United, four people familiar with the talks said Friday.
The identities of the others were not immediately known, but they are believed to be from the business sector. Altogether, they would gain about a 6 percent stake in the MLS organization.
The deal is pending league approval, according to three people who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Spokesmen for United and MLS said they did not want to comment. Efforts to reach Yo Gotti, whose given name is Mario Mims, and Mamo were not immediately successful.
— Steven Goff • UNITED STATES: The head l of the U.S. Soccer Federation asked the unions of the women’s and men’s national teams to agree to equalize FIFA’S World Cup prize money on their own.
USSF President Cindy Parlow Cone sent an open letter Friday making the request, which called for the men’s national team to allow the USSF to reallocate a portion of FIFA’S World Cup payments to the federation to the women’s team.
“We see an opportunity to create change,” Parlow Cone wrote. “We need our men’s and women’s national teams to come together and re-think how we’ve done things in the past. To that end, we have invited the players and both players’ associations to join U.S. Soccer in negotiating a solution together that equalizes World Cup prize money between the USMNT and USWNT.”
• ENGLAND: Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic is set to be out for 10 days because of a left ankle injury, Manager Thomas Tuchel said.
Pulisic was hurt Wednesday in the United States’ 4-1 win at Honduras in a World Cup qualifier. “Unfortunately, he came yesterday on crutches,” Tuchel said.
Pulisic figures to miss English Premier League matches against Aston Villa and Tottenham, as well as Chesea’s Champions League opener against Zenit St. Petersburg on Tuesday. . . .
Premier League clubs that blocked South American players from traveling to World Cup qualifiers will be able to play them this weekend after the threat of a fiveday ban from FIFA was lifted.
Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay agreed to waive their right to trigger a FIFA regulation in what would have been a bid to prevent players from competing for their respective clubs in England’s top division this weekend.
Those players were called up for World Cup qualifiers but didn’t travel after teams objected to them going to South American nations that are red-listed by the British government and require 10 days of mandatory hotel quarantine on their return.
Atlanta tops Orlando
George Campbell and Ezequiel Barco scored to help Atlanta United beat visiting Orlando City, 3-0, in MLS play.
Atlanta (7-7-9) has won five of its past six games — starting with a four-match winning streak. Orlando (10-5-8) had its seven-game unbeaten streak end. . . .
Ranko Veselinovic scored an own goal in the 66th minute as the Vancouver Whitecaps dropped a home match to the Portland Timbers, 1-0.
• NWSL: Rachel Daly scored for the host Houston Dash in the first half and Casey Krueger got an equalizer for the Chicago Stars in the second half as the teams played to a 1-1 draw.