An American playing abroad is heading back to the U.S., and will join one of the NASL's strongest sides in recent years.
Minnesota United announced the signing of 26-year-old Danny Cruz on Monday. The former Philadelphia Union midfielder spent last season on loan with Norwegian club FK Bodø/Glimt, scoring two goals in 15 appearances.
As NASL marches towards the regular season, several teamshave begun preseason preparations while others have continued to bolster their rosters ahead of the 2016 campaign. Here are some of Wednesday's NASL news and notes:
Indy Eleven has continued to revamp its roster asScottishmidfielder Nicki Paterson has joined the clubfrom Ottawa Fury FC.
Minnesota United will make the leap to MLS relatively soon, but following an offseason of restructuring and rebuilding, the club is more focused than ever on achieving its short-term goals as a member of the NASL.
Set to depart the league in either 2017 or 2018, Minnesota United's move from the NASL presents the club with several challenges.
New Ottawa Fury head coach Paul Dalglish has been handed quite the task in rebuilding the team that was only two goals away from winning the NASL championship last year, after three top players had their transfer requests granted this week.
On Friday, though, the Fury announced the additions of three new signings: Dennis Chin, Lance Rozeboom and Fernando Timbo.
On Oct. 29, 2011, Lance Laing saw his best chance at an NASL title dashed. A member of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Laing's pursuit of a league crown fell short, as the Jamaican star watched the then Minnesota Stars celebrate on the field of Lockhart Stadium in what has proven to be hisone shot at an NASL final.
A former NASL star has found apost-playing career job with his former club, while a UEFA Champions League veteran and MLS veteran headline the most recent batch of NASL signings. Here's a closer look at some of Monday's NASL news and notes:
Former New York Cosmos star Marcos Senna has returned to Villarreal in a role with the club'sDepartment of Institutional Relations.
The New York Cosmos have added a major name for a preseason training stint, while several other NASL clubs have added to their ranks as we move closer towards the preseason.
Croatian international Niko Kranjacar has joined the Cosmos for preseason training in an effort to maintain fitness. The former Tottenham midfielder is currently a free agent after most recently featuring for Dynamo Kyiv and Queens Park Rangers.
Juan Arango has spent years terrorizing defenses in Mexico, Spain, Germany and nearly everywhere in between, but the sight of a familiar face made a move to the New York Cosmos the perfect new adventure for the Venezuelan legend.
The 35-year-old midfielder was confirmed as the latest Cosmos signing on Thursday, as the club added a player widely regarded as one of the top set piece takers in the world.
Amidst the flurry of MLS news during draft week, NASL has been busy with an offseason of its own. The schedule has been announced and clubs keep making big movesas the reestablished league looks to usher in its most successful season yet.
Here are some recent news and notes from around the league this week:
The league revealed its full 2016 season schedule on Thursday, with the first round of matches kicking off on Saturday, April 2.
Since the club first made its proposal in 2013, the New York Cosmos have been awaiting approval of the club's stadium plan. Now, nearly three years later, the club sees an end in sight, for better or worse.
In the three years since their resurgence, the Cosmos have targeted land known asElmont Town Crossings near Belmont Park.
Spanish legend and former New York Cosmos striker Raul has taken the first step into his post-playing career.
After retiring following the Cosmos's NASL final triumph, Raul has accepted a role as an ambassador for La Liga with a focus on the U.S. As such, the former Real Madrid striker will be tasked with promoting the game in the U.
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.
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.
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Minnesota has signed Best 11 fullbacks Kevin Venegas and Justin Davis to new long term contracts.
Miami FC general manager Cesar Velasco has been through this process before. A former executive at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Velasco has seen a team built from the ground up and endured the pressures and frustration that come with it.
Yet, Velasco will be the first to admit that what is going on with Miami FC is a whole new kind of challenge.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies have kept busy this offseason with consistent player news, but the club made an even bigger announcement on Wednesday morning.
The NASL side will field a team in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) beginning in 2016.
Rowdies 2, as the franchise will be named, will join NPSL South Region's Sunshine Conference, alongside the Fort Lauderdale Strikers U-23, Jacksonville United FC, Kraze United, Miami Fusion FC, Miami United, Storm FC and Weston FC.
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.
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.
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.
The Black and Red's Preseason Schedule Starts to Form
Shortly after the announcement of their 2016 MLS Regular Season schedule, D.C. United announced they would play the NASL's Tampa Bay Rowdies in a preseason friendly on Saturday, February 13, at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg. The game comes 10 days before the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals matchup with Liga MX side Queretaro and just more than a week after a rumored matchup with Norwegian side SK Brann.
Tom Heinemann is a man with seven years of professional experience in American soccer, and that experience put the Ottawa Fury on the cusp of winning last year's NASL championship.Now, the goalscorer finds himself in Tampa Bay, starting anew with the Rowdies ahead of the 2016 season.
In his second season as a member of Fury FC, Heinemann scored four postseason goals in two games for the club, bringing them inches from The Championship trophy before falling to the New York Cosmos in the NASL finale.
The San Antonio Scorpions' time in the NASL is over as soccer in San Antonio is set to move in a new direction.
Following the sale ofToyota Field and S.T.A.R. Soccer Complex to the City of San Antonio and Bexar County, the Scorpions NASL franchise will cease to exist. According to sources close to the situation, owner Gordon Hartman, who has been operating the team at a loss due to charitable work with Morgan's Wonderland, is expected to offload the team imminently with Las Vegas as a rumored destination.
The NASL version of the San Antonio Scorpions is no more, and many involved are unhappy with the events that have unfolded.
The Scorpions announced on Tuesday that the sale of Toyota Field and S.T.A.R. Soccer Complex to the City of San Antonio and Bexar County has beenfinalized. As part of that agreement,Spurs Sports and Entertainment (SSE) will operate the facilities andfield a team in the USL.
Soccer clubs are a business, albeit onesthat arevery different than the companies that hold brick and mortar locations on busy streets, and theFort Lauderdale Strikers believe they have found a take on the soccer business that is perfectly suited for the NASL and Americansoccer as a whole.
With the start of the 2016 season already just a few months away, several NASL clubs have begun preseason preparations while others have continued to bolster their rosters ahead of the 2016 campaign. Here are some of Monday's NASL news and notes:
Rayo OKC signed Ghanaian international and two-time World Cup participant Derek Boateng.
Peter Wilt played an integral part in constructing Indy Eleven throughout the club's inaugural two seasons of NASL play. Now, the former Chicago Fire executive will attempt to do the same while returning to his former home.
Indy Eleven announced on Monday that Wilt isset totransition into a role with sports consulting firm CLUB 9 SPORTS while pursuing the creation of a Chicago NASL club.