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 By Tim Vickery

Club football in Uruguay struggling against global pressures

Nacional were the last Uruguayan team to win the Copa Libertadores back in 1988.

The Uruguayan Primera Division got underway this weekend with one of its teams missing.

On the eve of the kickoff, El Tanque Sisley pulled out due to not being able to pay their debts. And so the championship proceeds with the awkward, odd number of 15 participating clubs.

The size of the debt in question seems, by the standard of global football, almost laughably puny. El Tanque Sisley allegedly owe some $357,000, but have only been able to raise around $250,000.

Uruguay is limited by its size....

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Penarol center-back Yeferson Quintana joins San Jose on loan

Yeferson Quintana
Yeferson Quintana, left, has joined the San Jose Earthquakes from Uruguay's Penarol.

The San Jose Earthquakes have signed Penarol's Yeferson Quintana on a year-long loan with an option to buy.

The 21-year-old center-back made 29 appearances across all competitions for the Carboneros last season, scoring three goals.

"Yeferson fits the profile of the player we wanted to add at this position," said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli.

"His arrival will also give us different options as to how our defense will line up next season. Yeferson has a strong presence in both phases...

Los Angeles FC close in on Penarol striker Diego Rossi - sources

Diego Rossi
Diego Rossi, 19, is rumoured to be on the brink of signing for Los Angeles FC.

Los Angeles FC is on the verge of signing Penarol striker Diego Rossi Marachlian, sources have confirmed to ESPN FC.

Uruguayan outlet Referi was the first to report the news.

A source cautioned that a contract has not been signed as of yet, but that LAFC had agreed to pay a transfer fee of around $3 million in order to acquire the Uruguayan youth international.

The source indicated that LAFC executive vice president of soccer operations and general manager John Thorrington had recently traveled...

Uruguay due to halt football again this weekend after referee vote

Football games in Uruguay are expected to be called off this weekend with referees maintaining their stance to not officiate any games until further notice.

Uruguayan football, including five Primera Division games, were suspended on Sunday after two officials, including a woman, were attacked by players and spectators during an under-19 game between hosts Platense and Basanez the day before in Montevideo.

La Oral Deportiva has reported that following Wednesday's three-hour assembly at the Uruguay...

Luis Suarez calls for 'no more violence in football' after trouble in Uruguay

Luis Suarez hails from Salto, Uruguay.

Uruguay international Luis Suarez has appealed for peace in the wake of football violence in his country.

Uruguayan football was suspended on Sunday after two officials, including a woman, were attacked by players and spectators during an under-19 game between hosts Platense and Basanez on Saturday in Montevideo.

The incident led to the Uruguay Football Referees' Association (AUDAF) halting football until further notice.

Barcelona star Suarez condemned the attack and posted a photograph on his Twitter...