April 13 – Newly-installed NASL commissioner David Downs tells INSIDER his budding league’s biggest rival is neither Major League Soccer nor North America’s other major sports leagues. He spoke to INSIDER’s Americas correspondent Matthew Grayson.

1/9/2010 American Airlines is the latest sponsor of the US World Cup bid, the second partnership announced by the bid this week… Umbro has extended its long-running sponsorship of the England football team until 2018… CONCACAF seeks Brazil 2014 qualifying changes.

21/5/2010 US Soccer president Sunil Gulati, pictured left, tells World Football Insider that hosting the World Cup again would provide the “final steps” to making the country a football nation… Hails “phenomenal” legacy of 1994 finals and says America must build on it. WFI’s James Corbett reports.

7/5/2010 US Soccer president Sunil Gulati tells World Football Insider tonight’s Mexico-Ecuador match to inaugurate the New Meadowlands Stadium is a major boost… Billionaire Alisher Usmanov invests in Russia 2018… Dutch PM hails “fantastic” Holland-Belgium bid… Frank Lowy says Sydney Fan Fest will help Australian bid.

26/3/2010 David Downs, executive director of the US World Cup bid, tells World Football Insider that MLS’s new collective bargaining agreement with the players union is benefiting the country’s campaign… Says the bid is in “great shape” ahead of submission to FIFA in May. WFI editor Mark Bisson reports.