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North American Soccer League

NASL Week 5: A Look Ahead

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Last year's NASL champions will face off against this year's front runners as the New York Cosmos host the Carolina RailHawks this weekend.

The RailHawks have continued their perfect start, recording four wins out of four this Spring in NASL. Austin Da Luz, Tiyi Shipalane and Nazmi Albadawi have all been on fire to start the season, leading the RailHawks into a surprising spot atop the table.

SBI NASL Power Rankings (Week 4)

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Minnesota United FC's victory over the New York Cosmos shook up the Spring Season race, but the Loons are still in pursuit of the league's lone perfect side.

The Carolina RailHawks continue to roll, with Saturday's defeat of the Tampa Bay Rowdies serving as arguably the team's most impressive performance yet.

SBI NASL Power Rankings (Week 3)

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Through three weeks of the NASL Spring Season, a surprise contender has emerged atop the standings: the Carolina RailHawks.

With yet another victory, the RailHawks have emerged as the NASL's lone nine-point team through three weeks. Joining the RailHawks are the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Indy Eleven, both of whompicked up victories to stay unbeaten.

SBI NASL Preview: Carolina RailHawks

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The Carolina RailHawks will celebrate their 10th year as a club in 2016, and ambitions are high despite numerous changes to the roster from a season ago.

The RailHawks were unable to reach the postseason in 2015, and the club's top goal-scorer in Javier "Nacho" Novo is now gone ahead of the 2016 Spring Season.

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

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As the offseason continues, several NASL clubs continue to fill out their roster ahead of the 2016 season, while Rayo OKC named its first head coach on Thursday:

After coaching at NASL side San Antonio Scorpions for four seasons, Alen Marcina was named Rayo OKC's first head coach on Thursday.

NASL Ticker: Strikers add Kleberson, Adrianinho; Shriver returns to RailHawks; and more

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NASL clubs continue to keepbusy this offseason, with player movement around the league as well as the additions of foreign talent.

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers lead the charge in today's news, adding a number of experienced Brazilians to their roster for the upcoming season.

2002 World Cup champion Kleberson has joined the Fort Lauderdale Strikers after spending two seasons with Indy Eleven.

NASL Ticker: Armada sign Lagerblom; Cosmos add to preseason; and more

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Jacksonville Armada FC are making big moves to improve their squad in 2016, after finishing last in the NASL table in their debut season.

On Tuesday, the Armada announced the signing of Bundesliga champion Pekka Lagerblom.Lagerblom is a versatile midfielder that has earned 12 caps for the Finland national team in his professional career.

NASL Ticker: Rowdies add Alhassan; Cosmos to face Quakes; and more

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The attacking unit of the Tampa Bay Rowdies continues to get better and better this offseason.

Following the signing of Tom Heinemann and re-signing of Freddy Adu, the Rowdies announced on Thursday that the club has come to terms with winger Khalif Alhassan. The former Portland Timberswinger joins the Rowdies after spending 2015 with Minnesota United, for whom he racked upfour goals and six assists last season.

NASL Notes: Armada hire Meola; Heinemann to Rowdies; and more

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The Jacksonville Armada have reportedly made a major splash with their latest head coaching hire.

Sports Illustrated is reportingthat the Armada have hired former U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper Tony Meola as the club's head coach, with an official announcement set for Tuesday.

NASL Week 6: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With 40 years of history between them, Saturday's clash between the New York Cosmos and Tampa Bay Rowdies puts forth one of the oldest rivalries in American soccer history.

The two original NASL sides collide Saturday when the Cosmos make the trip down toAl Lang Stadium in search of their second straight victory.

NASL Week 4: A Look Back

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By DAN KARELL

After a nearly unstoppable run last fall, the New York Cosmos are experiencing their first losing streak.

For the second season in a row, the Cosmos fell on the road to the Carolina RailHawks, this time by a 1-0 scoreline. Ty Shipalane scored the RailHawks only goal but the credit has to go to Cesar Elizondo, who made a storming 70-yard run, evading Cosmos defenders in his path, before setting up Shipalane in the 12th minute.

NASL Week 3: A Look Ahead

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By JOE PANTORNO

Even after only playing each other two times, the New York Cosmos and San Antonio Scorpions have developed quite a nice rivalry.

Last season, the Cosmos beat the Scorpions twice, the second of which clinched the Cosmos a berth in the NASL Soccer Bowl.

Paid Their Dues: Beginnings and Ends for Former Union Players

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Don't worry, Porfirio still has the 'fro.

Kleberson will make his NASL debut this weekend, but until then, he is living it up. He's been very active since joining Twitter a few weeks ago, and has been more than willing to engage Indianapolis fans on the microblogging site. Indy kicks off their inaugural season on Saturday, when they will host the Carolina RailHawks.

NASL Supporters Launch a New Initiative to Reward League’s Best Team

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The North American Soccer League (NASL), the second-tier of American soccer, last season began a controversial split season format that saw the side that had the best overall points total (Carolina RailHawks) fail to reach the post-season while a team that played only half the season (New York Cosmos) were crowned as Champions of the league.

SBI NASL Power Rankings: Week 13

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

With the North American Soccer League Fall season entering its last week, the New York Cosmos look to have the momentum they need as they enter the final stretch.

After conceding an early goal on Saturday, Giovanni Savarese's men responded by scoring two goals in less than five minutes in the second half, which helped them clinch a spot in the Soccer Bowl.

Szetela caps off quality performance with first goal in nearly five years

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By DAN KARELL

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. Danny Szetela couldn't remember the last time that he had scored a professional goal.

The New York Cosmos midfielder scored the first of four goals for the club on a night where they routed the Carolina RailHawks, 4-0, in arguably their most complete performance of the season.

Cosmos Notes: Noselli returns to full training; Gorskie out for the season; and more

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By DAN KARELL

It's taken longer than expected, but the New York Cosmos could finally see their likely first-choice forward back in action on Saturday evening at home against the Carolina RailHawks.

Italian veteran Alessandro Noselli has overcome his hamstring injury and took part in full practice with the team all week without showing any signs of aggravating the injury.

SBI NASL Power Rankings: Week 10

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Despite their early hurdles this season, the New York Cosmos have responded back to their critics by performing highly on the field, going seven games unbeaten as they enter the final push for a 2013 Soccer Bowl berth.

A victory last week at Minnesota put Giovanni Savarese's men seven points clear atop the NASL fall standings with 21 points, and host the Carolina RailHawks on Saturday.

Cosmos Notes: Dimitrov calls Saturday a “must-win”; Turf surface a factor for scoring troubles; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Through the first half of the North American Soccer League fall season, the New York Cosmos are still not where they'd like to be.

The rebooted club currently have nine points and sit in fourth place in the NASL standings, though they're only one point behind the Carolina RailHawks, Tampa Bay Rowdies, and Fort Lauderdale Strikers, who are in a three-way tie for first place.

NASL Week 7: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

After losing their last two matches, which were on the road, the Carolina RailHawks look to change things around when they return home on Saturday.

The RailHawks will take another shot at the Tampa Bay Rowdies when they welcome the St. Petersburg side to WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday evening.

NASL Week 6: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

It's getting a bit rowdy in the North American Soccer League standings.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies defeated the Carolina RailHawks, 3-2, on Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium to ensure first place in the league standings, while also keeping head coach Ricky Hill's side unbeaten in the fall season.

NASL Week 6: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

After their tenacious home victory last week, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers are riding a three-game winning streak and sit in second place in the North American Soccer League standings.

The South Florida side host the winless San Antonio Scorpions at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday (7:30 p.

NASL Week 5: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

There's no stopping the rejuvenated Fort Lauderdale Strikers as they extended their winning streak to three games, topping the Carolina RailHawks, 1-0, on Friday evening at Lockhart Stadium.

"It was a tough match against the top team in the league, but we got the win," Strikers manager Günter Kronsteiner told the Sun Sentinel after the game.

NASL Week 5: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

After taking a second consecutive victory last week, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers are riding high in confidence as they enter week five of the North American Soccer League.

While head coach Gunter Kronsteiner's men are looking to continue their current form, they welcome the league-leading Carolina RailHawks to Lockhart Stadium on Friday.

Lopez’s stoppage-time header lifts Cosmos in win over Scorpions

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By DAN KARELL

Returning home for the first time since their opening match, the New York Cosmos followed nearly the same script as their first win of the season.

On Saturday evening, substitute Henry Lopez played the hero, heading home a goal in stoppage-time to give the Cosmos a 2-1 victory over the San Antonio Scorpions at Shuart Stadium.

Cosmos Notes: Team learns lessons from defeat; Suspensions leave opening for Szetela; and more

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By DAN KARELL

In a season of first's for many of the New York Cosmos players, they faced a whole new experience as a team last Saturday.

The club's 3-0 defeat in the wind and rain at the Carolina RailHawks wasn't nearly as abysmal as it seems on paper, but it did include two red cards to Joseph Nane and Sebastian Guenzatti.

NASL Week 4: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

After taking pole position atop the North American Soccer League standing last week, the Carolina RailHawks look to continue their current good form as they welcome Minnesota United FC to WakeMed Soccer Park (Saturday, 7 p.m. WATCH HERE).

RailHawks forward Brian Shriver, who bagged a brace against the New York Cosmos last Saturday, currently leads the NASL Golden Boot race with 11 goals.

New York Cosmos Suffer Heavy Loss to Carolina Railhawks

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Although they were unable to win the first half of the NASL season, the Carolina Railhawks were arguably the best team going into the second half of the year. The team has moved a step closer to securing the lead position to win the Clausura with its 3-0 victory over the New York Cosmos last Saturday.

NASL Week 3: A Look Back

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Brian Shriver's first-half brace solidified a 3-0 victory for the Carolina RailHawks over the New York Cosmos and pole position atop the NASL standings on Saturday night at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Shriver didn't wait long to get the RailHawks on the scoreboard, scoring in the eighth minute after a breakaway lead by midfield Ty Shipalane found Zack Schilawski who then seconds later fed an open Brian Shriver to bury the ball towards the back of the net.

NASL Week 3: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

The New York Cosmos take the road for the second week in a row this Saturday when they visit the Carolina RailHawks on Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park.

It will also be the second week in a row that the Cosmos face a formidable offense, and after holding a clean sheet against a team that scored seven goals in week one, the Cosmos backline will be tested again by the likes of RailHawks forward Brian Shriver.

NASL Week 2: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

After a thrilling first week of the fall campaign, four first-place teams battle for a sole position atop the NASL table.

The New York Cosmos head south to St. Petersburg for their first road trip of the season, as they take on the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Al Lang Field on Saturday.

LA Galaxy

MLS Ticker: Roy Miller joins Saprissa; RailHawks interested in expansion place; and more

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After playing a critical role with the New York Red Bulls for the better part of six seasons, Roy Miller will return to his native Costa Rica and join Deportivo Saprissa, according to the club's official website.

It was already known back in November that the 31-year old defender would not be back in Harrison come 2016.

Paid Their Dues: All of the Players

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Here be players. This list does not include players on loan from the Union, or players who were never under contract with the Union. It also does not include players who are no longer in the game, or are without a club.

MLS

Bakary Soumare - Chicago Fire

Danny Mwanga - Colorado Rapids

Jeff Parke - DC United

Andrew Jacobson - FC Dallas

Chris Seitz - FC Dallas

Brian Perk - LA Galaxy

Justin Mapp - Montreal Impact

Jack McInerney - Montreal Impact

Brad Knighton - New England Revolution

Shea Salinas - San Jose Earthquakes

Chris Konopka - Toronto FC

Ryan Richter - Toronto FC

Jordan Harvey - Vancouver Whitecaps

NASL

Toni Stahl - Carolina RailHawks

Nick Zimmerman - Carolina RailHawks

Oka Nikolov - Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Kleberson - Indy Eleven

Greg Jordan - Minnesota United FC

USL PRO

Matt Kassel - Arizona United SC

Yann Ekra - Harrisburg City Islanders

Morgan Langley - Harrisburg City Islanders

Chandler Hoffman - LA Galaxy II (On loan from LA Galaxy)

Gilberto Souza - Sacramento Republic FC

Liga MX

Gabriel Farfan - Chiapas (On loan from Chivas USA)

Michael Farfan - Cruz Azul

Michael Orozco - Puebla

Liga Nacional de Guatemala

Carlos Ruiz - Municipal

Costa Rican Primera División

Porfirio Lopez - LD Alajuelense

David Myrie - CS Herediano

Josue Martinez - Santos de Guápiles

Liga Postobón

Faryd Mondragon - Deportivo Cali

Lionard Pajoy

Northern Premier League Division One North

Joe Tait - Darlington 1883 (On loan from Gateshead)

Bundesliga

Kai Herdling - Hoffenheim

Other

Alejandro Moreno - ESPN Analyst

Danny Califf- Player/Coach with Bearfight FC

Veljko Paunovic - Serbian U19s coach

Philadelphia Union

Should Brian Sylvestre's loan be made permanent?

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The goalkeeper has done well since joining the Union, however has it been enough to warrant a permanent move?

When Andre Blake and John McCarthy went down injured in training on May 6, the Philadelphia Union were in trouble. The club that had been the butt of jokes for having too many goalkeepers suddenly had none.

Brian Sylvestre recalled by Carolina RailHawks

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The Philadelphia Union's goalkeeping situation gets even weirder.

One of the Philadelphia Union's best players this season has been Brian Sylvestre. The twenty-two year old goalkeeper was called up on loan from the Carolina RailHawks on May 7, after the club's number one (Rais M'Bolhi) was exiled, came back, and was exiled again, the club's number two went out with his second meniscectomy this year, and the number three got a concussion.

The Rest

Some Soccer News for Apr 4, 2016

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It's Day 95 of 2016.


Carolina RailHawks 2-1 Minnesota United - CRH goals by Tiyi Shipalane and Austin Da Luz. MU goal by Christian Ramirez.

MY NOTES:
  • A baffling dud from Minnesota United to start the new season. A 2-1 loss at Carolina RailHawks. Outside of an awesome goal by Christian Ramirez in the 3rd minute Minnesota never threatened the Carolina goal.

Revs to Face Charlotte (USL) in 4th Rd of USOC

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The Revolution will face the Charlotte Independence in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup after the USL side edged the NASL's Carolina RailHawks 1-0 during Wednesday's third round match at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

Former Crew first-round pick Ryan Finley scored the game-winner in the 81st minute to send the Independence through to the fourth round date with the Revolution, which will take place on Jun.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 10-11:15am ET with Neil Morris and Jonathan Tannenwald

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Neil Morris and Jonathan Tannenwald.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Neil Morris will be on the show to chat about his developing story that Traffic Sports is trying to sell NASL team Carolina Railhawks.

Red Bulls Academy products headline U.S. Under-20 camp squad

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By IVES GALARCEP

A quartet of New York Red Bulls Academy players headline the 24-player squad called into U.S. Men's National Team training camp slated for next week in North Carolina.

Midfielders Adam Najem, Alex Muyl and Chris Lema, and goalkeeper Evan Louro were included in the squad, which will spend from Saturday to May 25th training on the campus of North Carolina State.

Ex-Rev Schilawski Earns NASL Honors

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Former New England Revolution forward Zack Schilawski was named NASL Player of the Month for the month of April after scoring three goals in three games for the Carolina RailHawks.

Schilawski, whospent two seasons with the Revolution (2010-11), scored in the RailHawks season-opener against Indy Eleven on Apr.