North American Soccer League

Tampa Bay Rowdies

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.

Seattle

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.

Must-See Goal: Joe Cole

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WHAT A GOAL BY JOE COLE!

Minnesota United

Some Soccer News for Sep 23, 2016

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

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.

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.

Cropper training with Minnesota United following MK Dons departure

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Cody Cropper is currently clubless, but the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team goalkeeper has found a temporary training spot with his hometown team.

Cropper, who moved to Minnesota at age 12, has been trainingwith the NASL's Minnesota United for the past several weeks, a club official confirmed to SBI.

Major League Soccer

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.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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The Olympics in Rio 2016 kick off their games on Wednesdaywith women's soccer, even before the opening ceremony and the lighting of the torch. However, the day is set to be chock full of plenty of club team action as well.

Olympic hosts Brazil face off against China in the first round of games.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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A full slate of conference clashes are set to kick off in the afternoon around MLS, including a pair of high-profile Western Conference encounters.

The Portland Timbers will host the LA Galaxy from Providence Park, as Caleb Porter's side looks to extend their unbeaten streak to 10 matches.

Blame It On Jam Sandwiches: Minnesota United Laugh Off Sammy Ndjock’s Ridiculous Own-Goal Against Bournemouth With Cracking Little Video

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Minnesota United have produced a cracking little video to explain just why their goalkeeper, Sammy Ndjock, chucked the ball directly into his own net in a pre-season friendly against Bournemouth in midweek.

It transpires that, as per the video, the Cameroonian 'keeper was innocently preparing himself a jam sandwich in the minutes leading up to kick-off.

U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals: A Look Ahead

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As the 2016 U.S. Open Cup hits the quarterfinals on Wednesday night, a lone NASL side looks to continue its improbable run while seven MLS teams look to book their places in the final four.

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers will attempt to reach the semifinals as the NASL team faces the Chicago Fire.

Reeling In The Years: Joe Cole Scores Impressive Overhead Bicycle Kick While Turning Out For Tampa Bay Rowdies (Video)

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After managing to wrench himself away from the glitz and glamour of Coventry, Joe Cole joined Tampa Bay Rowdies down in the second tier of the North American football pile back in May.

Now aged 34, Cole defied his iffy knees and creaking hips to prove he can still mix it with the younglings by popping up to stick away a neat little overhead bicycle kick during Saturday's 3-0 win over Puerto Rico FC in the NASL.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Six MLS matches will take place on Wednesday night, while the Copa Libertadores will name its first finalist.

Western Conference leaders FC Dallas will travel to the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field as Oscar Pareja's side looks to win its fourth straight match.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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After Spain took home the crown four years ago, a new champion will be named on Sunday at the Euro 2016 final.

Host nation France and Portugal will meet for the title match at the European Championship, asLes Bleus seek their third Euro championship. Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal look for their first major tournament trophy.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The U.S. Women's National Team will continue their preparation for this summer's Olympic Games in Rio, while a packed slate of MLS and NASL matches headline the evening.

Jill Ellis and the USWNT will take on South Africa on Saturday afternoon, as both teams prepare for next month's tournament.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The champion of Europe will be decided this Sunday when Euro 2016 hosts France meet Portugal.

‎A Seleçãoearned the spot after a 2-0 win over Wales on Wednesday, while France earned the same result over Germany on Thursday thanks to a brace from the tournament's top goalscorer Antoine Griezmann.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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A flurry of action in the United States takes center stage on Saturday, while Euro 2016 will name a third semifinalist.

Germany and Italy will look to book a ticket to the Euro 2016 semifinals on Saturday, with either France or Iceland looming. The two sides have only conceded one combined goal entering their quarterfinals clash.

Strikers stun Orlando City in Open Cup with 120th-minute winner

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Cinderella is wearing red and gold to the ball this year.

The Ft. Lauderdale Strikers kept their improbable run in the U.S. Open Cup going on Wednesday night thanks to a dramatic winner seconds before the end of extra time. Brazilian defender Victor Giro, also known as PC, came up with the decisive goal in the 120th minute to push the Strikers to a 2-1 road win over Orlando City in a Round of 16bout at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

New York Cosmos

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.

Leicester's Fuchs sets sights on New York after claiming Premier League title

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Leicester City's Christian Fuchs remembers the first time he saw New York City. Merely a tourist, hewas awe-struck, a bit overwhelmed, as he gazed upon the bright lights and monstrous skyscrapers. But after adopting the city as a second home, Fuchs is now looking to continue his post-Premier League career in the Big Apple.

The Rest

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

NASL Ticker: Bravo, RailHawks, Steele and more

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A Mexican star has officially joined the NASL, while his new team earned a draw in a friendly with a major European club.

The Carolina RailHawks have signed former Mexican National Team star Omar Bravo. The 36-year-old forward is Chivas de Guadalajara's all-time leading scorer with 130 total goals.