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NASL Look Ahead: Last playoff spot up still for grabs

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The final weekend of the NASL regular season has finally arrived, and there is still one playoff spot up for grabs.

Rayo OKC and Minnesota United will vie for the fourth and final postseason berth, with Rayo firmly in the driver's seat up three points on the Loons in the Combined Standings.

NASL: Puerto Rico Defender Left Counting Testículos After ‘Phil Babbing’ Himself On The Goalpost (Video)

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It's a fate you wouldn't wish on even your mortalest of enemies, but Ramon del Campo of Puerto Rico FC suffered a gruesome, full-tilt Phil Babbing in his side's 3-0 loss against Miami FC in the US second tier at the weekend.

In a desperate attempt to prevent Miami striker Dario Cvitanich from rolling one into an open net, Del Campo went hurtling back to cover the vacant goal only to be immediately leftwishing he hadn't bothered when he gave himself an impromptu DIY vasectomy.

Tampa Bay Rowdies

Some Soccer News for Oct 25, 2016

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It's Day 299 of 2016.

In the immortal words of Bob Dylan: "I don't believe you."


Two giant blasts in the world of lower division soccer in North America today:

Tampa Bay Rowdies leave NASL and go to USL:
A new journey begins.

Must-See Goal: Joe Cole

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NASL Midweek Rewind: Indy Eleven retake second place, Armada top Miami FC

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The Indy Eleven had been winless on the road in the fall season,but no longer.

The Eleven finally seized their first road victory of what's been a long fall season on Wednesday night, as they dispatched the Tampa Bay Rowdies, 3-2, at Al Lang Stadium and took back second place in the Fall and Combined standings.

NASL Weekend Preview: Contenders Square-Up For Playoff Spot

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As the Fall Season in the NASL begins to wind down, the scenariosand battles for playoff positions continue to grow.

There are six clubs fighting for the fourth spot in the Combined Standings, the last ticket into the postseason, who areonly separated by a margin of five points. One slip could break playoff hopes, whilea crucial kick could bring postseason glory.

NASL Look Ahead: Miami takes on Rowdies, Cosmos face Strikers and more

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With most clubs only having six matches left in the Fall Season, the push for the playoffs is truly gainingits steam this weekend in the NASL.

Almost every single match this weekend has some type of playoff hunt ramification, as five clubs are currently separated by only four points from fourth place in the Combined Standings andthat glorious last spot in the postseason.

NASL Rewind: Indy cruises past Cosmos, Rowdies top Strikers, and more

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A busy but short NASL weekend was headlined by Indy Elevanreinserting itself in the playoff race with a huge victoryat home against the New York Cosmos.

Elsewhere, both South Florida sides endureddifficult results while the Ottawa Fury snatched a victory against Minnesota United late in the match for a second week in a row.

NASL, Strikers release statements addressing recent reports of financial trouble, club departures

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The NASL is surrounded by uncertainty as the 2016 season winds to a close, but the league issued a statement Thursday night to respond to recent reports of a potential exodus.

Recent reports link several NASL clubs with moves away from the league. Minnesota United is certain to depart as the club heads to MLS, but the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Ottawa Fury FC, Rayo OKC and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers have all been linked with an NASL exit.

NASL facing grim future as rumored club exits, financial woes loom

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Troubling times could lie ahead for the NASL, as reports of multiple teams possibly preparing for exits could leave the league contracting severely or ceasing to exist entirely.

The departure of Minnesota United to MLS has been locked in for some time. The NASL was set to replace the teamthis season by adding the San Francisco Deltas as the league's first west coast competitors, but it appears that might not be enough with several other departures rumored to be gaining traction.

Major Link Soccer - Trouble Brewing for the NASL

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The NASL prepares for the loss of 2-4 teams, Landon Donovan opens himself up for a USMNT call up, and Christian Pulisic is taken out of reach.


First we had Christian Roldan making the 24 under 24, now we have Zach Scott in part one of The Philly Voice's 34 over 34.

Ross Fletcher made an appearance on Prost Amerika where hediscussed Seattle coaching changes and Lodeiro.

NASL Rewind: Cosmos, Eddies tie, Fury FC shocks Minnesota and more

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With just over a month of the Fall Season left in the NASL, each match is key in the push for the playoffs.

With the top two teams facing head to head on Saturday night, it was expected it would be the match not to miss this weekend. Instead it was the two bottom dwellers, Puerto Rico FC and the Jacksonville Armada, that left hearts racing down on the island.

NASL Rewind: Cosmos increase lead at top, Miami FC extends unbeaten run

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North American Soccer League teams still have plenty of time to make runs for playoff berths in the fall season, but the playoff picture is starting to become clear.

The New York Cosmos recorded a win over Minnesota United this weekend for a more comfortable lead in the standings.

NASL Notes: Racial slur investigation, Klute, Strikers and more

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The NASL announced that it will take no disciplinary action as a result of aninvestigation into allegations of a racial slur being used against Puerto Rico FC's Chris Nurse in an Aug. 28 match with FC Edmonton. In a statement Wednesday, the league said that "While the NASL in no way questions the validity of the claim, upon finishing its in-depth investigation, the league was not able to find conclusive evidence to corroborate the claim.

Major League Soccer

NASL: New York Cosmos Midfielder Danny Szetela Proposes To Girlfriend With An Assist From The Crowd (Photos)

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While he may have only played a bit part in New York Cosmos' 4-0 trouncing of FC Miami over the weekend, midfielder Danny Szetela still emerged from the game with the most impressive stat of all: a 100% proposal conversion rate.

Indeed, immediately after the final whistle, Szetela took his girlfriend out onto the pitch and, with an assist from his cronies in the terraces, got down on one knee and popped the question.

The Front Row: The dark ages

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Steve discusses the era between the NASL and MLS, and the grassroots movement that grew in the D1 void.

Major Link Soccer: Morris week edition

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The young striker is getting lots of accolades in the last few days. Tata Martino looks pretty certain to be Atlanta's first coach. Also, lots of details on why NASL is failing.

Major League Soccer

Gerardo "Tata" Martino, former Argentina national team coach (among others), seems to be a lock for Atlanta United's first head managing position.

MLS Changes Up Expansion Draft; Who Will the Timbers Protect?

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The MLS season might still be in full swing, but just three days after the 2016 MLS Cup Final comes the expansion draft and after several months of rumors we know just what that means.

Let's take a quick look at the expansion rules and how they apply to the Timbers.

First, the most that the Timbers could potentially lose in this year's expansion draft is one player.

MLS releases Expansion Draft information

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The basic breakdown on the upcoming MLS Expansion Draft

As reported by Brotherly Gamelast week, the MLS Expansion Draft will go on as planned. Today, MLS released the official rules of the 2016 Expansion Draft for Minnesota United FC and Atlanta United. The full rules can be read here, but here's the gist of it:

  • Only one player can be selected from each team.

Uncertain future pushes Christian Ramirez through another standout year with Minnesota United

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For years, Minnesota United star Christian Ramirez was motivated by his past. Unheralded and, in many ways, unwanted during his early years,Ramirezstaked his claim as the NASL's best goalscorer time and time again, all while nursing a chip the size of Minnesota that sat firmly upon his shoulders.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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A trio of MLS games headlines Sunday night's action, while Olympic soccer continues to kick into high gear with the second round of men's matches.

In MLS play, a Western Conference clash starts the day as the Portland Timbers play host to Sporting Kansas City in a clash of playoff contenders.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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As playoff races continue to intensify, several MLS contenders take the field on Saturday looking to build some steam as the summer months push towards a close.

Headlining Saturday's MLS action is a clash between Western Conference contenders as the Colorado Rapids take on the Vancouver Whitecaps.

New York Cosmos

NASL Weekend Rewind: Cosmos clinch Fall Season as playoff race tightens

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Whilethe New York Cosmos were able to rack up another regular season trophy this weekend, the race for the fourth and final playoff spot raged on.

Both Minnesota United and Rayo OKC came back from 1-0 down to win, 3-1, and stay even on points for the fourth playoff spot.

Meanwhile both Miami FC and the Tampa Bay Rowdies failed to make up any ground while, surprisingly, the Ft.

Oguchi Onyewu trains as guest of New York Cosmos

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Oguchi Onyewu remains without a club, but it remains unlikely that the former U.S. Men's National Team defender will be signing with the New York Cosmos following a recent training stint.

The 34-year-old defender recently trained with the Cosmos. However, a club spokesman told SBIthat Onyewu is being viewed as "just a guest", while adding that it is unlikely the team makes any more signings this season.

NASL Midweek Rewind: Cosmos topple RailHawks, Miami gets crucial win and more

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As the NASL playoff race began to heat up, so have some of the matches. In a midweek treat of four Wednesday night matches, Miami FC and the New York Cosmos got crucial victories, as the former remains the league leaders in both the Fall and Combined standings.

NASL Fall Week 13: A Look Ahead

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After a week of rumors concerning the future of clubs and the league itself, the NASL returns for a full weekend slate of heated matches.

While none of the top four in the Fall Season Standings are in danger of losing their spots this weekend, Minnesota United can reduce the gap fourthplace in the Fall Standingsbetween them and Indy Eleven to one point.

NASL Fall Week 9: A Look Ahead

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The NASLplayoff race is heating up.

A number of mid-table clubs are poised to make big jumps toward the top four with wins this weekend, while the race at the top also heats up. With New York Cosmos undefeated at home, the reigning championshave a good chance to challenge FC Edmonton for the top spot in the Fall Season.

NASL Rewind: Cosmos, Eddies, Indy Eleven win again and more

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The top three all won, the nextthree all lost, and the Fall Season standings in the NASL didn't change much over a fairly high-scoring weekend.

After drawing at home last week against Rayo OKC, the New York Cosmos returned to James M. Shuart Stadium andwinning form at home by claiming a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Philadelphia Union

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Steve Holroyd

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Greg and Mike discuss the NYRB loss and then are joined by Steve Holroyd, who discusses some of the challenges facing the NASL and other business of soccer matters.

Ryan Richter sold to New York Cosmos

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Well, this sucks.

Bethlehem Steel FC have come to terms with the New York Cosmos that sees Ryan Richter join the NASL side. The terms of the deal per USL and NASL standards have not been disclosed.

Richter was an absolute pillar for this team, and a guy I had pegged to be in the fold for the Philadelphia Union next year.

Jacksonville Armada

Jacksonville Armada appoint Mark Lowry as new manager

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What does a run of good form earn you as an interim manager? The removal of the 'interim' tag.

The Jacksonville Armada announced on Tuesdaythat Mark Lowry would become the team's full time manager after his strong nine-match performance since becoming interim manager on August 7th.The promotion continues a rapid ascendancy for Lowry, as he was appointed an assistant coach at the club in just September of last year before taking over after the firing of manager Tony Meola in August.

Armada part ways with Tony Meola

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The Jacksonville Armada have struggled throughout the NASL season, and those struggles have cost Tony Meola his jobless than a year into his tenure with the club.

Currently 11th in both the Fall and Combined standings, the Armada announced on Sunday that the club has parted ways with Meola, who joined the team in November 2015 as head coach and technical director.

Minnesota United

Some Soccer News for Sep 23, 2016

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It's Day 267 of 2016.

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A concise timeline of the NASL teetering on the edge of coming apart at the seams.

Minnesota United looks to combine past with future as MLS move looms

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"Just Google 'Loon Call,'" Manny Lagos says, his voice risingtowards a new level of excitement. "It's one of the coolest sounds you'll ever hear. I always joke that if anybody ever shot a loon in Minnesota, they'd probably go to jail. We love 'em."

Lagos' words are said with the passion of a man who isMinnesota through and through.

The Rest

The USL picks up Tampa Bay and Ottawa at the NASL’s expense

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The NASL loses two teams to the USL in another shakeup in the lower divisions of North American professional soccer.

Major Link Soccer: NASL isn't shocked by a club exodus

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NASL Commissioner isn't exactly surprised that there's an exodus of clubs, shouldn't that scare them?

American Soccer

If you thought the new CONCACAF format would eliminate US-Mexico matches, think again. President Montagliani would like that to never end.

Lauren Holiday was an incredible player especially at the World Cup for USWNT, since soccer the new mom underwent brain surgery and was successful there too.

D.C. United stadium, NASL, and playoff odds: Freedom Kicks for 22 September 2016

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Soccer, go!

There's always a lot of soccer news to digest, and today is no different. Let's jump right in.

Buzzard Point Stadium Construction Photo Update - Black And Red United: For all the worryworts and naysayers out there, here is proof that there is actual, measurable work being doing towards a stadium at Buzzard Point.

Some Soccer News for Sep 1, 2016

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It's Day 245 of 2016.

The unraveling of the NASL appeared to pick up speed today with rumors flying hard and heavy that Ottawa Fury is leaving the league at the end of the season. And joining USL?!?!
  • Ottawa Fury released a statement that said absolutely nothing to put the brakes on speculation:
Statement by @OttawaFuryFC regarding earlier rumors today pic.

SF Deltas hire Marc Dos Santos as first head coach

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The San Francisco Deltas are set to begin play in 2017, andthe man tasked with leading them into their first NASL campaign is one coming off one of the most impressive seasons in league history.

Former Ottawa Fury FC coach Marc DosSantos has been hired as the first head coach in SF Deltas history, the club announced on Wednesday.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Olympic soccer takes centerstage for a pair of semifinals, while the Spanish Super Cup and UEFA Champions League qualifiers return on Wednesday afternoon.

Neymar and Brazil look to continue their pursuit of a gold medal on Wednesday in a semifinal clash with Honduras with a bit of added pressure following the Brazil's loss to Sweden in Tuesday's women's semifinal.