2. Sporting KC II announce roster moves ahead of second MLS NEXT Pro season
Sporting Kansas City II also announced squad decisions last Monday. The club have exercised contract options for Bakary Bagayoko, Ethan Bandre, Josh Coan and Mikey Lenis. Additionally, Aljaz Dzankic, Coby Jones and Jahon Rad entered 2023 with guaranteed contracts. SKC II declined contract options for 10 players: Paul Atta Agyei, Kian Alberto, TJ Fatah, Collin Fernandez, Josip Hmura, Cole McLagan, Rauf Salifu, Joseph Addo Tetteh, Cade Thomson and Julian Vazquez. Spencer Glass is no longer under contract with the club. Sporting KC II are currently in talks with Esai Easley and Curtez Kellman, both of whom joined the club in 2022. Seven players are currently under MLS NEXT Pro contracts with SKC II entering next season, the four players whose contract options have been exercised plus the three players whose contracts were guaranteed for 2023.
Braxton Arpachinda, Edgar Bazan, Nati Clarke, Matthew Fisher, Matthew Hudson, Guy Michaeli, Nico Pendleton, Ryan Reid and Carlito Saylon entered 2022 on amateur academy contracts for the SKC II and remain age-eligible to play in the Sporting KC Academy. Draven Barnett and Jayvin Van Deventer also had amateur academy contracts in 2022 and left the club to pursue college football careers at Temple University and Northwestern University respectively.
3. The Apple and Major League Soccer MLS Season Pass starts on February 1, 2023
Apple and Major League Soccer have announced that the MLS Season Pass will launch on February 1, 2023, bringing unprecedented MLS coverage to fans in over 100 countries and regions. The package includes every live game of the MLS regular season, the entire playoffs and the Leagues Cup without blackouts. All games will be available on billions of devices via the Apple TV app on Apple devices, smart TVs, streaming devices, set-top boxes and gaming consoles, and on the web at tv.apple.com. The launch of the MLS Season Pass marks the official start of the 10-year partnership between MLS and Apple, a historic first for a major professional sports league.
Beginning February 1, fans can subscribe to the MLS Season Pass in the Apple TV app for $14.99 per month during the season or $99 per season, and Apple TV+ subscribers can subscribe for a special price of $12.99 per month and sign up for $79 per season. Supporters can watch MLS games with English and Spanish broadcast teams and easily listen to a club’s home radio broadcast via the Apple TV app. Games are primarily held on Saturdays and Wednesdays, some games are held on Sundays, and most games start at 7:30 p.m. local time, with pre-game coverage beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.