North American Soccer League

Indy Eleven

NASL Week 6: A Look Ahead

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As the NASL's newest club and most successful club collide, it's the former that has proven one of the more successful to start the season.

Saturday's clash between the San Francisco Deltas and New York Cosmos serves as a headliner for Week 6 of NASL play. The league's top team, the Jacksonville Armada, is also in play as they look to extend their lead atop the table against last year's runners up, Indy Eleven.

NASL Week 5: A Look Ahead

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Saturday features the second full slate of matches across the NASL. Three of the top four teams in the Spring Season table take to the road to defend their respective strong starts.

Three of the four home teams this weekend have a strong chance of closing in on the top of the table with victories, while the other clash is a bottom of the table showdown.

NASL Championship Preview: Cosmos look to repeat against Indy Eleven

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One vs. two. The best of the best in the NASL will be on display on Sunday in the league's finale.

Both sides will enter the final match of 2016 already having won silverware this season; Indy Eleven won the Spring Season while the Cosmos won the Fall Season. New York will attempt to be the first club to win back to back Soccer Bowls in the NASL modern era while also collecting their third championship in four years.

Major League Soccer

USL to create Division 3 all over again

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Having spent two years working hard to win promotion from division three status, less than three months after succeeding has the league announced its new D3 entity in a complex gambit to absorb the remnants of NASL?

Major Link Soccer - The Allure of Failure

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Also, NASL season preparation, the future of soccer in China, and the resurgence of Kezar

MLS

So how did Chicago convince Schweinsteiger to sign? They apparently flaunted just how terrible they have been.

Unfortunately for the windy city, it seems highly unlikely that the German will be the solution to all of their problems.

Stressing history for MLS in St Louis

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 13, 2017) US Soccer Players – MLS is growing each year. The league's 22nd season opened this month with 22 teams, more than the top flights of England, Germany, Spain, and Italy. Next year, Major League Soccer will add another franchise in Los Angeles when LAFC takes to the field.

Review of 2017 MLS opening weekend TV coverage

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The opening weekend of MLS featured two new clubs and a new stadium.

The action opened Friday night as Portland hosted new entrant Minnesota United FC, a team that has spent the last six seasons in the second-division NASL. FOX Sports was broadcasting the match and did a wonderful job of capturing the atmosphere in Portland, which is arguably the best in North America.

Review of 2017 MLS opening weekend TV coverage

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The opening weekend of MLS featured two new clubs and a new stadium.

The action opened Friday night as Portland hosted new entrant Minnesota United FC, a team that has spent the last six seasons in the second-division NASL. FOX Sports was broadcasting the match and did a wonderful job of capturing the atmosphere in Portland, which is arguably the best in North America.

Garber: NASL's Canadian domestic rule a 'violation of U.S. law'

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Just a short while after talking up Canadian Designated Players as a focus for MLS, commissioner Don Garber had some choice comments about the new NASL rule regarding Canadians as domestics on U.S. rosters.

Earlier this week, the NASL announced that all Canadian players would be counted as domestics on all teams in the league, including those based in the U.

Major Link Soccer: Investment Group behind San Diego NASL Expansion Emerges

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Former teammates Demba Ba and Eden Hazard have emerged as part of a group bringing futbol back to San Diego.

MLS:

With the SuperDraft complete, the drafting portion of the offseason transitions into the draft-grading portion. In Will Parchman's grades, the Sounders 2017 class was given a decent B-.

What might stand in the way of Division 2 sanctioning for the USL?

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If the USL fails in its bid for Division 2 sanctioning, it is the stadium capacity of a significant number of MLS-owned teams that may have been the issue.

MLS Expansion, USL-NASL, and Curt Onalfo: Freedom Kicks for 7 December 2016

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U.S. Soccer has released the below statement regarding professional league sanctioning.

Railhawks rebrand as North Carolina FC while announcing MLS, NWSL aspirations

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The Carolina Railhawks have officially rebranded, but they havebigger goals in mind for the future.

The Railhawks announced a complete rebrand on Tuesday and will now be referred to as North Carolina Football Club, or NCFC for short. They also unveiled a new crest andprimary team colors.

What About Promotion 'Without' Relegation for MLS? Part II

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Is this the perfect time for USSF to reorganize 'Division 2' and include a Promotion only tool?

There are new developments and transitions taking place in the minor leagues of pro soccer in the U.S. The NASL is in tumult and its complete demise may not be far away. Its rival, USL, appears ready to take over the mantle of 'Division 2', the highest level of pro soccer below MLS.

Report finds that U.S. is not 'immediately ready' for promotion/relegation

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Ahead of its release on Monday, Deloitte's Sports Business Group's analysis on promotion and relegation in the U.S. was hyped by supporters of the philosophy as groundbreaking. In reality, the release inspired much more mixed feelings.

While confirming the theory that promotion and relegation is economically viable in the U.

2017/18 Kits & Jerseys

San Francisco Deltas 2017 Inaria Home and Away Jerseys

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TheSan Francisco Deltas are are newly-formed professional soccer team campaigning in the North American Soccer League (NASL). Featuring a host of players with MLS experience, the Deltas join the New York Cosmos and FC Edmonton as NASL clubs outfitted by Canada's Inaria Soccer. The San Francisco Deltas 2017 home and away kits feature modern round [.

North Carolina FC 2017 adidas Home and Away Kits

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Rebranded from their previous named of the Carolina Railhawks, North Carolina FC opened their 2017 North American Soccer League season with a 1-1 draw againstAlessandro Nesta's Miami FC last weekend. Back with adidas as technical sponsor for another year,North Carolina FC 's new look includes a dark blue home kit and an all white away [.

Miami FC 2017 Macron Home, Away and Third Kits

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Managed by AC Milan legendAlessandro Nesta and co-owned by formerRossoneri and Italy teammate Paolo Maldini, Miami FC have launched their 2017 home, away and third kits from Macron. The two-year old team will return to North American Soccer League (NASL) action in April in a mainly aqua blue home jersey.

New York Cosmos

NASL Weekend Rewind: Miami silences Cosmos, Indy, Puerto Rico play to thrilling draw

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Week 2 in the NASL delivered 10 goals in three matches, with one contest in particular establishing itself as a contender for game of the season.

Asalivating clash between Miami FC and the New York Cosmos highlighted the weekend's action on paper. In the end, it wasn't even close as Miami brushed aside the Cosmos with a 3-0 victory.

NASL Look Ahead: Week 1

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The NASL can finally exhale after a tumultuous offseason with the first setof matches finally arriving over the weekend.

There were points during the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017 where the future of the NASL was very much up in the air. With several teams departing, several more on the brink of collapse, and only one set to join, this NASL season was far from a sure thing.

New York Cosmos 2017 Inaria Home and Away Kits

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North American Soccer League champions for the last two years, the New York Cosmos have signed a kit deal with Inaria after one season with Under Armour. The Brooklyn soccer club that boasts former Italy and Juventus striker Amauri on their roster unveiled their 2017 home and away kits as part of the technical sponsorship [.

NASL releases 2017 schedule

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After all sorts of turmoil and rumors of collapse during the offseason, the eight-team NASL released its 2017 schedule on Monday.

The split-season schedule will begin on March 25, with the New York Cosmos set to visit Puerto Rico FC and North Carolina FC hosting Miami FC at WakeMed Soccer Park.

NASL set to begin season on March 25

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After an offseason full of turmoil, the NASL is ready to focus on the on-field action that will take place during the 2017 season. The league announced the format for the new campaign on Friday, with the season kicking off on March 25.

Both the Spring and Fall seasons will consists of 16 matches for each of the eight NASL sides, with eight of them at home and eight on the road.

Report: Cosmos cease operations as owners negotiate sale

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The New York Cosmos recent struggles took another, potentially fatal, turn this weekend.

The Cosmos have reportedly ceased operations and released their players and staff, according to Big Apple Soccer. The team could be saved, however, as the Cosmos ownership have entered negotiations with a New York group for the purchase of the team, along with several million dollars in debt.

Report: Cosmos cutting spending on players, front office as financial issues mount

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The NASL's future has long been in doubt, and it appears that the league's top club is having financial issues.

According to a report from Empire of Soccer, the New York Cosmos are set to make cuts both on the field and in the front office following yet another season of dwindling attendance.

Cosmos top Indy Eleven in penalty kicks to earn second-straight NASL crown

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Belson Stadium might not have felt like home for the New York Cosmos at the beginning of Sunday night's match, but by the end of the 2016 NASL ChampionshipFinal the Cosmos had brought the winning feeling to their temporary home.

The Cosmos outlasted the Indy Eleven in a penalty shootout on Sunday night to claima second-straightNASL Championship.

Philadelphia Union

Paid Their Dues: Danny Cruz signs with SF Deltas

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The ex-Philadelphia Union forward heads to the Bay Area

Former Philadelphia Union winger Danny Cruz has signed with the NASL expansion side San Francisco Deltas. Cruz came to the Union in 2012 when he was traded from D.C. United for Lionard Pajoy, and remained with the team through the 2015 season.

USL and NASL both D2 for now, Union bits, more news

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USL and NASL to share Division 2 status in 2017. Union bits. League news. More.

Union news, Academy Winter Showcase results, league news, more

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Union bits. Big wins -- and losses -- for Union Academy at USSDA Winter Showcase. MLS roster moves. Latest on fate of NASL. Blatter ban upheld. More.

The Rest

Philadelphia Spartans helped usher in a new era of pro soccer 50 years ago

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Spartans were one of the 10 founding teams of the short-lived National Professional Soccer League

Fifty years ago, some 14,163 people witnessed pro soccer history in Philadelphia when the Philadelphia Spartans took on the Toronto Falcons at Temple Stadium.

The game was one of four played on April 16, 1967 in the first and only season of the National Professional Soccer League, which would merge with the United Soccer Association in 1969 to form the first incarnation of the North American Soccer League.

NASL Weekend Rewind: Week 3

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The first full weekend of action in the 2017 NASL Spring Season produced a dose of revenge and a landmark win for one of the league's new members.

For the second weekend in a row, the New York Cosmos and Miami FC squared off, this time in south Florida, with yet another shutout delivered by the road team.

USL reportedly adding Division 3 competition in 2019

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The USL's strangehold on the lower divisions of American soccer is about to get a bit stronger. The league that earned second-division status alongside the NASL this offseason is planning to announce a Division 3 competition for the 2019 season, perSports Illustrated.

Although it may seem like a lot of work for the USL to gain traction with new ownership groups in markets across North America for a Division 3 league, it appears the league is confident it can gain enough interest to set up a third-tier league in two years time.

NFL Instability Could Boost MLS, NASL

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The NFL's reputation has taken a hit as some name-brand teams jump locations to try and find greener grass. After three recent franchise venue changes by the Rams, Chargers and Raiders, an argument can be made that the NFL is in a organizational slump. The 49ers didn't change their name, but their venue change two seasons ago to an hour and half south of San Francisco was just as dramatic as the other three teams.

NASL announces broadcast deals with beIN Sports, ESPN 3

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Just several months ago, the NASL was all but dead. On Wednesday, the league announced a return to national television.

The NASL announced on Wednesday that the league will continue to broadcast matches on beIN Sports. Matches will be broadcast on beIN Sports and beIN Sports en Espanol throughout the 2017, following up on a broadcast deal that began with the 2016 campaign.

How New England Teams Have Fared in Minnesota

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Photo credit: New England Tea Men 1979 Yearbook

On Sunday, Minnesota United FC will host their first MLS home match against fellow expansion side Atlanta United FC before a national audience. While the Revolution won't play in the Gopher State until next season, let's take a look at how some of New England's pro sides have fared in Minnesota.

Sounders’ new kit is ode to history

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And you will all get stars

It is fitting that Brian Schmetzer is head coach when the Seattle Sounders reveal their first-ever throwback kit. The new secondary uniform, officially known as the Heritage Jersey, is based on the kit he wore during the NASL era. The design, white with classic ‘80s teal blue trim and just a hint of green, is a departure from the Rave Green, Sounders Blue and Cascade Shale of past primary and secondary kits during the MLS era.

Some Soccer News for Jan 24, 2017

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It's Day 24 of 2017.


Great news: Clint Dempsey medically cleared to begin preseason training with Seattle Sounders!!

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Three signings for Minnesota United today:
  • Starting with 25 year old Finnish defensive midfielder Rasmus Schuller from Hacken in Sweden.

US Soccer grants division 2 status to both USL and NASL

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US Soccer kicks the can down the road yet again

After months of uncertainity, the second and third divisions of the US soccer pyramid have yet more uncertainty. For the first time since 2010, the USL is again the second division of American soccer. After a forced joint season in 2010, the NASL has been the second division and the USL has been the third division.

Re-Entry Draft today, no Waiver Draft selections, MLS Expansion details, more

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Another day, another draft. Tiago Lopes returns as City Islanders president. Garber outlines MLS expansion details. NASL saga continues. More.

Some Soccer News for Dec 2, 2016

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It's Day 337 of 2016.


NEXT WEEK
MLS Cup Final:
-Sat Dec 10
Toronto FC v Seattle Sounders FC - 7:00pm CT on FOX
  • Sadly I will not be there this year. I'm bummed. I love going to this game.

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DC United has signed centerback Steve Birnbaum to a new contract.