USA in talks with Iran over friendly
The Galaxy’s star forwards, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane , each scored twice and Gyasi Zardes also scored. Also Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena suspended for game against Chivas USA Donovan tied Jeff Cunningham for the MLS all-time scoring record of 134 regular-season goals. Donovan, speaking about holding the record outright with his next goal, said “it would be nice to get it and get it out of the way so that there’s no attention on it.” He added: I would trade, maybe not all of them, but most of them for another championship ring.” When the game ended, the Galaxy was tied with the Colorado Rapids for fourth place with 48 points in the Western Conference. The two teams were only four points behind first-place Real Salt Lake , three points behind second-place Seattle and one point behind third-place Portland, which was playing Vancouver on Sunday night. The top five teams at the end of the regular season qualify for the playoffs. The Galaxy, seeking its third consecutive MLS championship, has three games left in the regular season. This was the third and final game of the regular season between the Galaxy and Chivas USA, which share StubHub Center as their home venue, in what’s known as the “SuperClasico” series. The Galaxy overwhelmed Chivas USA despite the absence of Coach Bruce Arena, who was suspended for the game for leaving the coach’s area during an argument at the previous weekend’s game against Portland. With Dave Sarachan, the team’s associate coach, at the helm, the Galaxy scored in the sixth minute when Keane, standing just inside the six-yard box, took a pass from Donovan and rolled the ball past goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. Donovan scored his first goal in the 23rd minute inside the six-yard box after taking a cross from Zardes, and Zardes scored in the 26th minute when he outdueled Mario de Luna, got free and kicked the ball past Kennedy. Donovan’s second goal came in the 42nd minute after he caught up with a looping, perfectly placed pass in front of him from Pablo Mastroeni, and Keane scored his second in the 90th minute. “We’re at a point where we needed three points,” Sarachan said. “It gets us closer to a playoff position.” Four Galaxy players are called up to national teams Four Galaxy players were called to their national teams for upcoming World Cup qualifiers: Donovan and Omar Gonzales for the United States, Keane for Ireland and goalkeeper Jaime Penedo for Panama.
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Spindle and Cardis USA Introduce Solution That Lowers Costs of Low-Value Payments
FOX Soccer has confirmed that the United States mens national team and the national team of Iran are in talks about a potential pre- World Cup friendly on American soil, as first reported by NBC News. There [have] been preliminary discussions regarding the possibility of a USA and Iran match, Irans goalkeepers coach Dan Gaspar, an American citizen, told FOX Soccer in an email. There is genuine interest on both sides to have this possible match become a reality. Things are in motion and I believe a final decision will be made after the World Cup draw on December 6. If the United States and Iran should be drawn into the same group for the World Cup, it is unlikely that they will play each other ahead of the tournament because of tactical considerations. For 90 minutes [its] an ideal gesture towards diplomacy and could be a launching pad towards respectful, honest and peaceful solutions, wrote Gaspar. The world would benefit from such discussions. The United States Soccer Federation told FOX Soccer that it has reached out to all nine other countries that have already qualified for the 2014 World Cup, which will be held in Brazil next summer from June 12 through July 13, without specifically targeting Iran as an opponent. Weve reached out to every team thats qualified for the World Cup because we know that a lot of teams are looking at the possibility of coming to the United States for a pre-World Cup training camp, said US Soccer spokesman Neil Buethe. Have we reached out to Iran? Yes. But weve talked to all these federations. Weve reached out to every federation thats qualified for the World Cup. And well continue to reach out to all the other federations that qualify in the coming month. TRAVEL PLANS Fans and players can now rejoice.
Markets close in 2 hrs 39 mins Stock Watch Spindle and Cardis USA Introduce Solution That Lowers Costs of Low-Value Payments Solution Brings Accessible Small Dollar Payment Processing to Tens of Thousands of Merchants Press Release: Spindle Inc. 4 hours ago SCOTTSDALE, AZ–(Marketwired – Oct 9, 2013) – Spindle, Inc., ( OTCQB : SPDL ), a leading provider of mobile commerce solutions, has entered into a strategic agreement with Cardis USA, a division of Cardis International, the award-winning developer of low-value payment processing solutions. The arrangement makes Spindle the first mobile commerce solution in the US market to include Cardis’ platform, which provides a unique way to process low-value electronic transactions.The Cardis-Spindle partnership creates a comprehensive payments ecosystem that will be more attractive for everyday small purchases.As a result, merchants will be able to facilitate low-value transactions for significantly less cost compared to existing payment networks. The Cardis USA platform will be integrated with Spindle’s overall PSP (payment service provider) processing solution later this year, and will be included in the MeNetwork360 Mobile wallet being offered to Spindle’s 350,000 consumer mobile app users and 6,000 marketing merchants. “The introduction of the Cardis solution in the United States is a breakthrough development for merchants that rely on low value payments,” said Bill Clark, chief executive officer at Spindle. “Our ability to offer an attractive pricing structure combined with our aggregation model can be considered a disruptive force in the payments industry by offering substantial cost efficiencies that legacy providers simply cannot match. We are delighted to bring this service to the North American market, and look forward to aggressively marketing this service to customers.” Spindle initially plans to deploy this new platform in the unattended vending, cafeteria, and quick service restaurant (QSR) markets. Spindle expects merchants that utilize the new network may save up to 50 percent compared with debit and credit card transaction fees. Cardis USA provides a technology that enables several consumer transactions made at different retailers to be handled with only one transaction processed through the payment network, thereby significantly lowering the overall transaction costs. “One of the main barriers to mobile commerce adoption has been that for many merchants, the costs of those transactions are out of line with the size of the purchase,” explained Aaron Fischman, chief executive officer for Cardis USA. “Our combined platform brings the ability to right the economics of low-value transactions for everyday consumer purchases, and enable millions of merchants to participate in this burgeoning economy.” About Spindle, Inc. Spindle is an innovator of mobile commerce solutions for financial services providers and consumer-facing merchants of all sizes. Spindle is focused on pioneering new ways for businesses to rapidly integrate mobile payments acceptance and mobile marketing services while empowering location-based merchant discovery, fulfillment and frictionless mobile payments for consumers. Spindle is dedicated to expanding beyond traditional electronic payment boundaries by offering cutting-edge solutions that allow clients, partners, merchants and consumers to take full advantage of the rapidly emerging mobile economy.