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North American Soccer League

A day for Minnesota soccer fans to celebrate

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"We sat in this very room not even two years ago, January 2011, with this day in mind," said Djorn Buchholz, Minnesota Stars FC CEO. Buchholz was speaking at the well attended Minnesota Stars FC press conference on Thursday afternoon that introduced millionaire Dr. Bill McGuire as the new owner of the team.

New Minnesota Stars FC Ownership Group Believed to be Led by Bill McGuire

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The Minnesota Stars FC, who play in the North American Soccer League, have a new owner after a 2 year search. That announcement was made this afternoon by league office in Miami, Fla. Earlier in the week NASL commissioner David Downs had told IMS that the sale was immanent. Sources have speculated that the ownership [.

NASL Podcast Episode #50; Playoff Semifinals, David Downs Resigns and Indianapolis Expansion

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Welcome to episode #48 of the IMSoccer News North American Soccer League Podcast. This week Gerry Wittmann, Jay (Yankiboy) Long, and yours truly, Brian Quarstad, have a lively discussion about the most recent activities in the NASL. You can find all past episodes of the North American Soccer League Podcast here and the RSS Feed [.

Scorpions Start 2012 Playoffs Under Suspicious Circumstances

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Editor's note: I am doing San Antonio Scorpions beat writing for The Current. So, I will have coverage of the Scorpions from week to week.

The San Antonio Scorpions began their playoff push Saturday, in Blaine, Minnesota at NSC Stadium, versus the Minnesota Stars. It was the first game in a two game, home and home series, to determine which team moves on to the North American Soccer League 2012 Finals.

David Downs to Leave NASL Commissioner Position at End of 2012 Season

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The NASL announced this afternoon through a story on their website that commissioner David Downs was stepping down from his position. Downs spoke to IMS from his office in Miami on Thursday afternoon and said he will the there "until the last kick of the season" and believes he will continue through November and possibly [.

Commissioner David Downs Discusses Recent Events in the NASL – Part II

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In Part 2 of this interview, Downs speaks to the leagues expansion plans which have been slower than originally expected and states that he still expects more teams to be announced before the 2013 season with the outside possibility one or both would be ready to play next year. He also answers questions about rumors [.

Commissioner David Downs Discusses Recent Events in the NASL – Part I

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NASL Commissioner David Downs was in the Twin Cities on Tuesday, September 11th for NASL business and took in the Minnesota Stars FC v Puerto Rico Islander match. Downs spoke to me moments before the kick off of that match and that conversation was followed up with several more questions in a separate discussion on [.

NASL moves to split-season schedule

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Starting next season, the NASL is making a radical change to its schedule and competition format, one along the lines of something that some have been calling for MLS to adopt as its own.

NASL announced Wednesday that in 2013, as opposed to the current format in which the regular season is followed by a typical playoff set-up, the league will be played in a split-season, Apertura-Clausura style.

NASL Changes to Split Season Format in 2013, Traditional Playoff System Eliminated

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In what could be interpreted as a cost saving measure for team owners, the NASL will announce on Tuesday morning that in 2013 they will go to a two part season similar to some Latin American countries. Playoffs, which Canadian and US sports fans have become accustomed to, are virtually eliminated except for a single [.

Why San Diego Is The Chris Wondolowski Of U.S. Soccer Cities

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Watching the MLS All-Star game in the heart of the Gaslamp District which for those playing the game at home is downtown San Diego – the question was asked why San Diego isn't considered for any of the ‘showcase' games of U.S. Soccer?

Surely a city that is the country's eighth largest, has the country's biggest youth soccer market and sits on the border of the soccer crazy nation of Mexico was worth a shot of hosting a game or two?

NASL Commissioner talks Cosmos, expansion and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The past couple of weeks presented an unprecedented period of media attention for NASL, with high-profile moves such as Eric Wynalda becoming the head coach of the Atlanta Silverbacks and the New York Cosmos joining the league for the 2013 season being announced.

New York Cosmos Join NASL for 2013

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The North American Soccer League announced this afternoon that the New York Cosmos will be the newest team to join the league. The projected start date for the team is the spring of 2013 and a venue for the team was not announced. "We are extremely proud to welcome the New York Cosmos to the [...]

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NASL Commissioner Downs Says League Expansion is Delayed but Still on Track

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In a recent article by the aurthor of Soccer Made in St. Louis and contributor to IMS, Dave Lange, he quoted NASL commissioner David Downs as saying St. Louis had been targeted for expansion by 2014. "The NASL is currently seeking a qualified owner to enter a team representing St. Louis into our league, and [.

NASL Commissioner Downs Says League Expansion is Delayed but Still on Track

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In a recent article by the aurthor of Soccer Made in St. Louis and contributor to IMS, Dave Lange, he quoted NASL commissioner David Downs as saying St. Louis had been targeted for expansion by 2014. "The NASL is currently seeking a qualified owner to enter a team representing St. Louis into our league, and [.

MLS Southeast Expansion & NASL Expansion

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Major League Soccer President Mark Abbott was invited by the Carolina RailHawks, of the NASL, to visit the Triangle area and have an open discussion regarding the potential of MLS expansion. Other attendee's included David Downs, commissioner of the NASL, and Aaron Davidson, vice president of Traffic Sports.

A Conversation with NASL Commissioner David Downs

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David Downs was in Minnesota for the Stars FC match against the Carolina RailHawks played at the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis. Downs was in Minnesota to be part of the awarding of the NASL SoccerBowl Trophy to the team in front of the Stars fans. IMS talked with Downs just minutes before the opening kickoff [.

Heightened NASL Live Streaming Standards For Teams Will Improve Product for Viewers

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In a IMS Soccer News NASL podcast interview in February, Commissioner David Downs stated that the live streaming standards for the league were set to improve this season which would enhance the broadcast experience for the viewer. "I believe the production quality will be better both the actual look and feel of the webcast as [.

Major League Soccer to visit North Carolina

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On Thursday April 12th Major League Soccer will visit the home of the Carolina Railhawks. The day will include a visit from President Mark Abbott and Will Kuhns, Director of Communications for MLS. League spokesperson, Dan Courtemanche, had this to say on the matter:

"The Carolina Railhawks invited Mark Abbott to participate in a fan forum and meet with a variety of constituents to grow soccer in North Carolina.

NASL Podcast Episode #21 – Interview with Commissioner David Downs

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Welcome to episode #21 of the IMSoccer News North American Soccer League Podcast. Gerry Wittmann , Jay (Yankiboy) Long, and yours truly, Brian Quarstad, interview NASL Commissioner David Downs. With news of the NASL being fully sanctioned and that league inking the commissioner to a new 2-year contract which will take him through the conclusion [.

San Antonio Scorpions Celebrate Groundbreaking Ceremonies but Not Real Groundbreaking

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They were all there, Gordon Hartman, owner of the San Antonio Scorpions, the Mayor of the city, Julian Castro, NASL Commissioner David Downs, as well as other city dignitaries. Even Leo Gomez, Vice President of Public & Government Affairs for Spurs Sports & Entertainment, the organization that owns rights to a USL PRO franchise in [.

San Antonio Scorpions Celebrate Ceremonial Stadium Groundbreaking but Not Real Groundbreaking

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They were all there, Gordon Hartman, owner of the San Antonio Scorpions, the Mayor of the city Julian Castro, NASL Commissioner David Downs, as well as other city dignitaries. Even Leo Gomez, Vice President of Public & Government Affairs for Spurs Sports & Entertainment, the organization that owns rights to a USL PRO franchise in [.

NASL Extends Contract for Commissioner David Downs

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The NASL announced today, they have extended their contract to league commissioner David Downs. The two year extension will take the Downs through the 2013 season. The press release states that Downs will continue to oversee the operations of the NASL's headquarters in Miami and serve as the league's final authority on all matters of [.

Integrating MLS Reserve League into America’s Lower Divisions – Part 2

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This is the second of a two-part series examining the current state of the MLS Reserve League and the need for improvement in the next 10 years. The series looks at the league as it stands today, the improvements that must be made to help MLS nurture talent from within the borders of the U.S [...]

Integrating MLS Reserve League into America’s Lower Divisions – Part 1

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This is the first in a two-part series examining the current state of the MLS Reserve League and the need for improvement in the next 10 years. The series looks at the league as it stands today, the improvements that must be made to help MLS nurture talent from within the borders of the U.S [...]

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The playoff race

Saturday's 1–1 draw in San Jose put Kansas City in first place in the East with 45 points. With the opportunity to overtake them and gain a one point advantage, the Philadelphia Union were unable to prevent Juan Pablo Angel's 90th minute header and had to settle for a 1–1 draw and second place in the standings with 44 points.

NASL Commissioner David Downs In New York Times On D2 Soccer In USA

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NASL Commissioner David Downs In New York Times On D2 Soccer In USA

Touches on business issues, pro/rel and his failed bid for a future World Cup in the United States.

NASL Confident of Sanctioning at November USSF Board Meeting

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Both USSF CEO/Secretary General Dan Flynn and NASL Commissioner David Downs feel positive about progress toward NASL sanctioning for 2012. The sanctioning of the North American Soccer League (NASL) for the 2011 season was an eventful process. For those on the outside looking in, it may have looked a bit more like a soap opera.

Philadelphia Union

Getting ready for Revs, Union players in USA top 100, more news

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New England news ahead of Saturday's game, which Union players are in top 100 of US players? US U-20 coach says Zackary Steffen looks like a core player. Latest salary numbers. Coats for Chester. More news.

Getting ready for Chicago, national team call-ups, more news

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Hackworth says team's spirits are good. Valdes, Gomez and Daniel get national team call-ups. Union academy goalkeeper Zack Steffen called us to US U-20s. More news.

Hop or Roger? Reading in play-in, more news

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Is Hoppenot in the way of Torres? Union - "hottest team in the league" - rising in power rankings. Reading United play for PDL Eastern Conference fourth seed spot tonight. Union academy goalkeeper named US Development Academy U-15/16 East Conference Player of the Year. Manchester United tops Forbes list.

Clint Dempsey

Upside: The bottom line Their Words "But the bottom line is that we believe this

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Upside: The bottom line Their Words "But the bottom line is that we believe this new competitive format will bring more excitement and meaning to each of our regular season matches for all of our teams throughout the year." NASL Commissioner David Downs. Other Sources The Future of U.S. Soccer: The Unlikely Rise of Clint Dempsey - from Grantland's Andrew Lewellen: But Dempsey has two traits that have been instrumental in his success.

USA! USA! USA! Union previews, more

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USA! USA! USA!

It started with the USWNT's 5–0 demolition of Denmark in their opening game in the Algarve Cup. It continued with the USMNT's historic 1–0 win over Italy in Italy. It ended with the USMNT U-23s convincing 2–0 win over Mexico's U-23s. Three-for-three with three shutouts in one day—surely that's never happened before in US Soccer.

Network Shows

The American Soccer Show: Episode 96

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It's a special edition of the show, with Ginge with you to get some things off his chest about both the future of the American Soccer Show (don't worry it's not going anywhere) and some soccer topics. Zach responds to criticism of his comments about David Downs and offers his thoughts on MLS' playoff system getting bombed by the fans and media alike.

The American Soccer Show: Episode 95

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This week Zach is joined by Dave Clark (Sounder at Heart) to discuss our trepidation about FOX winning the American broadcast rights for the next two World Cup cycles, beginning with the 2015 Women's World Cup. We also react to David Downs' comments about the WPS and women's soccer along with discussing MLS' congested playoff schedule , something Dave is fine with and Ginge isn't thrilled about.

Girls in the Cheap Seats CSRN #51

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Amanda, Rachna, and Kirsten return to review the final weeks of the MLS regular season and speculate about the playoffs and the MVP race. Fans of DC United and/or DeRo and/or New York may want to fast forward to our second segment, where Amanda talks with Beau Dure of Sports Myriad about David Downs' comments on WPS, Hope Solo, and the state of women's soccer.

The Rest

Some Soccer For Mon Jul 16, 2012

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STARTERS

Michael Bradley is now officially a player for AS Roma in the Italian Serie A. Roma bought him from Chievo for $4.6 million and he signed a 4 year contract. Huge congrats to him.
-They have 3 upcoming friendlies here in America, and then start their regular season on Aug 25.

The du Nord 2012 NSCAA Convention Recap

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du Nord spent two great days last week in Kansas City attending the National Soccer Coaches Association of America convention and the Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

It was filled with fun, frolicking, food, fantasy, fast cars, fast women (not nearly enough), french fries, famous players, a funky monkey, fruit plates, flaun, freaky beards, finely tuned speeches, frumpiness, factotums, flora & fauna, fajitas, fabulous lawns, firm handshakes, fake smiles, fake boobs, fantasmagorical nightlife, flibbertigibbets, florescent lighting, ferrets, fission, fusion, fashion, fabulous frickin barbeque, fat fucks, fine fine music, and more futbol fanaticos then you could ever hope to find in one place!