Kidnapped Mexican Football Star rescued

Kidnapped Mexican Soccer Star Alan Pulido Found, Rescued Safely.

Kidnapped Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido was found and rescued safely by police, according to authorities in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

Pulido, 25, was kidnapped over the weekend by armed men after he left a party in his hometown of Ciudad Victoria in northern Mexico, officials said.

Mexican Soccer Star Alan Pulido Taken by Armed Men After a Party in His Hometown, Official Says

The rescue happened shortly before midnight involving federal and state forces, the Tamaulipas Coordination Group said in a statement released early this morning.

Pulido also received a medical evaluation, the statement said.

Gov. Egidio Torre Cantú visited the player to make sure he was OK and congratulated police for the successful operation, the statement added.

Pulido is a forward for Olympiakos of Greece. He was a member of Mexico’s World Cup team in 2014.

The Greek team tweeted this morning that Pulido was with his family “safe” and “healthy.”

Detail, including a potential motive, are still unclear.

Ruben Dario of the Tamaulipas state attorney general’s office did not elaborate on the investigation, telling ABC News the family has requested privacy.



Nashville awarded United Soccer League franchise

News emerging out of The Tennessean: A group of Nashville investors has been awarded a new expansion professional soccer franchise by the United Soccer League, a potential major first step toward soccer becoming Nashville’s next professional sport.

But Metro and the ownership team would first need to secure a plan for a stadium for the club.

Meanwhile, the North American Soccer League — which is one tier above the USL in North America’s professional soccer pyramid — remains interested in Nashville.

The USL, which is two tiers below Major League Soccer, the highest level of pro soccer in the United States, has awarded a franchise to a Nashville-based ownership team that calls itself DMD Soccer.

The group consists of David Dill, president and chief operating officer of LifePoint Health; Christopher Redhage, co-founder of ProviderTrust, a health care software company, and a former pro soccer player; and Marcus Whitney, president of Jumpstart Foundry, a health care innovation fund, and chairman of Nashville FC, the city’s existing amateur team.

Their hope is to begin USL play in 2018. A club name has not been decided, nor have the owners publicly identified possible sites where they would play.