Atlanta Silverbacks

North American Soccer League

NASL Ticker: Opta, Chicago, Silverbacks and more

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While Chicago NASL is in the process of determining its club name, the league announced a new partnership on Tuesday.

The NASL has teamed up with Opta for a three-year partnership that will see the leading statistics provider deliver analysis of each NASL regular season and postseason match.

NASL Ticker: Expansion, Rayo OKC, Miami FC and more

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With two new teams set to enter the fray in the Spring Season, the NASL offseason is as busy as ever. Here's a closer look at some of this week's movement across the league:

Speaking to Empire of Soccer, NASL commissioner Bill Peterson says the league expects to expand into the Western U.

Silverbacks looking to continue in USL or NPSL

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The Atlanta Silverbacks' days as an NASL club are over, but the team's days as a professional soccer franchise appear set to continue.

Speaking to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Silverbacks name ownerBoris Jerkunica says that he and his group of partners are exploring the option of starting a team in either the USL or NPSL following the NASL club's demise.

Could the Revs Benefit from the Silverbacks Demise?

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On Monday, the NASL suspended operations of the Atlanta Silverbacks, one of the longer-running lower division sides in the U.S. But the demise of the Peach State selection could actually serve to benefit the Revolution this winter if the front office moves quickly.

With preseason camp less than two weeks away, and no fewer 10 vacancies, the Revolution are likely to call in a few trialists for the winter while they try to fill out the roster.

NASL suspends operation of Silverbacks

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After being run by the league throughout the most recent NASLcampaign, the Atlanta Silverbacks will not take the field in 2016.

The NASL announced on Monday thatthe league has suspended its operation of the Silverbacks forat least the 2016 season and possibly even beyond. The move comes following a season of league ownership as the NASL pursued the addition of a local ownership group, which NASL commissioner Bill Peterson highlighted as a necessity if the club was to go forward.

Miami FC announces Palacios, Richards, Chavez signings; reveals kit

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Set to start play in 2016, Miami FC took a major step forward on Thursday with the announcement of its first three signings and inaugural kit.

Miami FC announced on Friday thatthe club has signed Honduras midfielder Wilson Palacios, former New York Red Bulls winger Dane Richards and former Atlanta Silverbacks forward Jaime Chavez as the club's first three player signings.

Ex-RI Reds Pedro Mendes Wins NASL Honors

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Former Rhode Island Reds forward Pedro Mendes was named NASL Player of the Week after scoring three goals and notching an assist in two games for the Atlanta Silverbacks during Week 6 of the Fall season.

Mendes, who played for the Reds in 2012 along with his twin brother, Paulo, scored two goals in a 2-1 win over the Ft.

NASL’s ties with indicted President of Traffic Sports USA Aaron Davidson run deep

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The North American Soccer League (NASL) began life as a breakaway league from the United Soccer Leagues (USL). Several of the higher-profile professional clubs sought a team-owned league they could manage themselves. The driving force in this move away from USL was Traffic Sports USA, and the single most influential person was Aaron Davidson who was indictedby the Justice Department for racketeering conspiracy and corruption.

NASL’s ties with indicted President of Traffic Sports USA Aaron Davidson run deep

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The North American Soccer League (NASL) began life as a breakaway league from the United Soccer Leagues (USL). Several of the higher-profile professional clubs sought a team-owned league they could manage themselves. The driving force in this move away from USL was Traffic Sports USA, and the single most influential person was Aaron Davidson who was indictedby the Justice Department for racketeering conspiracy and corruption.

New York Cosmos face Atlanta Silverbacks in top of the table NASL weekend clash

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While Real Madrid and Schalke legend Raul's signing with the New York Cosmos has grabbed the headlines early in the NASL season, the league boasts another undefeated team down in Atlanta. The league-owned Silverbacks managed by former Stevenage and Colorado Rapids Head Coach Gary Smith have assembled an excellent squad on a tight-budget.

New York Cosmos face Atlanta Silverbacks in top of the table NASL weekend clash

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While Real Madrid and Schalke legend Raul's signing with the New York Cosmos has grabbed the headlines early in the NASL season, the league boasts another undefeated team down in Atlanta. The league-owned Silverbacks managed by former Stevenage and Colorado Rapids Head Coach Gary Smith have assembled an excellent squad on a tight-budget.

Atlanta Silverbacks 2015 Reto Home and Away Jerseys

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The Atlanta Silverbacks unveiled their 2015 home and away jerseys at their season Kickoff Party [...]

NASL Have Made a Shrewd Move to Keep Atlanta in The League

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With a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise announced to begin play in 2017 and an ownership group looking to leave, many felt that now would have been the perfect time for the North American Soccer League (NASL) to move out of way and let MLS take center stage in Atlanta. Instead, the NASL has elected to run the Atlanta Silverbacks FC club themselves in 2015 while seeking out new ownership.

NASL Have Made a Shrewd Move to Keep Atlanta in The League

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With a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise announced to begin play in 2017 and an ownership group looking to leave, many felt that now would have been the perfect time for the North American Soccer League (NASL) to move out of way and let MLS take center stage in Atlanta. Instead, the NASL has elected to run the Atlanta Silverbacks FC club themselves in 2015 while seeking out new ownership.

NASL Week 11: A Look Back

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By EVAN REAM

The rematch of the 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl did not disappoint as former MLS midfielder Danny Szetela grabbed a late goal to give the New York Cosmos all three points in a wild 3-2 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks in front of an announced crowd of 4,502 fans at Hofstra Stadium in New York.

NASL Week 11: A Look Ahead

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By EVAN REAM

A vital three points are at stake Saturday as the struggling New York Cosmos and Atlanta Silverbacks meet in a rematch of the 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl at Hoftstra Stadium.

Coming off a loss to then bottom-of-the table Indy Eleven, the Silverbacks desperately need a resultas they sit five points behind fourth place Tampa Bay for the final playoff berth in the combined Spring and Fall table.

NASL Week 8: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Just one week after reclaiming the league's top spot, the San Antonio Scorpions will look to build their lead over Minnesota United FC in what has been a season-long wrestling match between the two clubs.

The Scorpions, who sit two points ahead of Minnesota United, will attemptto pick up some much-needed points when they take on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Friday evening.

NASL Week 7: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite already earning a berth into The Championship as the NASL's Spring Season winner, Minnesota United are far from content.

The currently undefeated Fall Season leaders will look to continue their run of dominance Saturday at James M. Shuart Stadiumagainst the only team to defeat them in 2014, the New York Cosmos, who enter the weekend undefeated against Minnesota United in three previous contests.

NASL/USL Pro Ticker: Wynalda to step down; Cosmos sign El Salvador international; and more

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

After one season, Eric Wynalda is stepping down as head coach of the Atlanta Silverbacks.

The club announced on Friday that the former United States Men's National Team star and current Fox Sports analyst will end his tenure as the Silverbacks' manager on Saturday during their home opener, when they host FC Edmonton at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.

Rapids snap Whitecaps unbeaten streak, bounce back from Open Cup loss

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The Vancouver Whitecaps went to Colorado on Saturday tied with the Rapids for the fourth spot on the Major League Soccer Western Conference table. They leave bumped down in the playoff race after a performance unbecoming of a postseason hopeful.

The Rapids laid siege to the Whitecaps, out-shooting them by a whopping 19-to-5 with Dillon Powers and Vicente Sanchez breaking through for a 2-0 win and snapping an eight-game unbeaten streak for Vancouver.

NASL Week 9: A Look Ahead

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By J. MAC DALY

This could be a big week for Minnesota United FC. They can clinch an automatic bid in the newly formatted NASL playoffs with a win or draw this weekend in Tampa Bay against the Rowdies.

The New York Cosmos sit 3 points behind first place, but will have to hope for Minnesota to stumble in the final game.

NASL Week 2: A Look Back

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By JOE PANTORNO

Minnesota United and the New York Cosmos remain perfect through two games this season as the North American Soccer League spring season's schedule slowly begins to take shape.

The defending Soccer Bowl champion Cosmos managed to escape Canada with three points, defeating FC Edmonton 1-0 thanks to a 37th minute strike from Sebastian Guenzatti.

NASL Week One: A Look Back

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By IVES GALARCEP

The New York Cosmos picked up right where they left off after winning last year's NASL Soccer Bowl, opening the 2014 season with a resounding victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks on Sunday.

Captain and defender Carlos Mendes led the charge for the Cosmos, scoring the first two goals of his professional career in New York's 4-0 mauling of the Silverbacks.

NASL commish open to idea of Adu move to Silverbacks

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By FRANCO PANIZO

As far as players who resonate in American soccer go, few can match up to Freddy Adu and that is why NASL commissioner Bill Peterson is not against the idea of seeing the youngster playing in North America's second division.

Peterson touched on the topic of Adu potentially joining NASL on Thursday in the wake of comments made by Atlanta Silverbacks head coach Eric Wynalda to SI.

USL Pro/NASL Ticker: USL Pro Tulsa franchise unveils name; Silverbacks sign international trio; and more

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Beginning in 2015, the Tulsa Roughnecks FC will be the second professional soccer team in the state of Oklahoma.

After it was announced that Tulsa will be getting a USL Pro franchise, the choosing of the name of the team was left to fans, with 50 percent opting for Roughnecks, paying homage for the original Tulsa Roughnecks that played in the NASL from 1978-1984.

Cosmos sign Senna to contract extension

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Marcos Senna enjoyed a dream first season with the New York Cosmos, and he has no intentions to leave the club in the near future.

The Cosmos announced on Thursday that Senna has signed a contract extension that runs through July 2015. Senna won the Cosmos' Team MVP award last year and helped the club claim the Soccer Bowl by scoring in the 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks.

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Some Soccer News for Jan 12, 2016

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It's Day 2 without David Bowie.


Adult: these kids don't even know Bowie ?? Kid: *removes headphones playing Space Oddity* why did your generation destroy the housing market — Big Kriterion (@AbrissErik) January 11, 2016


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New song from Mountain Singers: iteration 2015.

Soccer News: Wynalda steps down in Atlanta

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Eric Wynalda steps down as coach of the Atlanta Silverbacks but stays on as technical director as we end the work week with Friday's soccer news. Read More

Soccer Morning

Watch/listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Peter Wilt and Jason Longshore

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Today's Soccer Morning features an interview with Peter Wilt about the relaunch of the Chicago Sting as well as a discussion with Jason Longshore about the demise of the Atlanta Silverbacks and what it means for soccer in the area.

You can watch Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page every weekday at www.

Watch/listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Peter Wilt and Jason Longshore

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Today's Soccer Morning features an interview with Peter Wilt about the relaunch of the Chicago Sting as well as a discussion with Jason Longshore about the demise of the Atlanta Silverbacks and what it means for soccer in the area.

You can watch Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page every weekday at www.

Major League Soccer

Paid Their Dues: Freddy Adu cut by FK Jagodina

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The former USMNT and Philadelphia Union midfielder has been cut by FK Jagodina. He never saw the field for the Serbian club.

After signing with them in the summer, Freddy Adu has been cut by FK Jagodina, Aca Stojanović reports. Adu failed to make a single appearance for the Serbian SuperLeague side.

Why Are MLS and US Soccer Scheduling US Open Cup Games During The World Cup?

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As the sport of soccer grows in the United States, the domestic league and national team continue to make strides. But sadly the US Open Cup, which was showing signs of improvement and greater respect from the US soccer institutions, just went backwards two steps back. Namely, why on earth did MLS and US Soccer decide to play the fourth round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup during the World Cup when MLS teams enter the tournament?

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USOC Round 5 Tomorrow

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To distract everyone from Thursday's showdown with Germany we've got another U.S. Open Cup match tomorrow night. The NASL Atlanta Silverbacks are in town after beating FSL in the last round. Game time tomorrow night is 7pm and the tailgate starts at 5pm.

Today the Rapids found out that with a win tomorrow night they'll host the quarterfinal matchup and their opponent will be the Fire-Crew winner.

US Open Cup quarterfinal pairings

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Should the Fire defeat Columbus in round 5 of this year's US Open Cup Tournament they will travel for the quarterfinal round. Chicago will face the winner of the tomorrow night's match between the Atlanta Silverbacks and Colorado Rapids. The match will take place on July 8 or 9. Here's the complete breakdown from US Soccer.

USOC Tomorrow!

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Yeah, its easy for this to get lost in the World Cup but the Rapids do play tomorrow night. The USL Orlando City FC is in town for this 4th Round game. FSL lost in stoppage time to the NASL Atlanta Silverbacks on Saturday, so a win tomorrow night gets us a home game next week against another lower-league side.

USOC 5th Round Draw

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Many updates tonight. there will be a game review of Sunday's game and a game preview for tomorrow night. First though the 5th round draw for the U.S. Open Cup was held today. If the Rapids beat Orlando City on the 17th a week later they'll host a 5th round game against the winner of the Atlanta Silverbacks and.

Pickens training with Stabaek

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By IVES GALARCEP

Bob Bradley figured to test the MLS market for player talent once he took over Norwegian side Stabaek, and now he has an MLS Cup winner training for a spot on his team.

Former Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens is training with Stabaek, and could join the club on loan from the Rapids, who still hold his rights.

Practice Starts!

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The Rapids had their first practice today and we got the first list of trialists in camp. We also found out that, currently, Hendry Thomas, Martin Rivero, and Anthony Wallace are not with the team. The three trialists are:

  • Joe Nasco - Goalkeeper: Made 3 appearances in the last 2 years with the Atlanta Silverbacks (Chris Klute's old team)
  • Juan Guzman - Midfielder: Made 11 appearances in the last 4 years with the Charlotte Eagles
  • Samuel Galindo - Midfielder: The big news of the day.

The Rest

Reading United tops Atlanta in U.S. Open Cup opener

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The Philadelphia Union's PDL affiliate will face off against Chattanooga FC in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup.

David Musante Reading's Khori Bennett battles two defenders for the ball

The first game with a group of new players is always difficult. The 2016 edition of Reading United A.

36 Goals (Premier League Weekend Review Podcast)

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After two weeks of solitude on the international break, Premier League football has returned with a bang, featuring a fistful of red cards, controversial incidents, own goals and goals galore. Premier League, now that you're back, don't ever leave us again!

As always, let's get to it.

The pod crew discuss these and many more topics from this the eighth week of the Premier League season.