North American Soccer League

Leagues: NASL

NASL’s ties with indicted President of Traffic Sports USA Aaron Davidson run deep

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The North American Soccer League (NASL) began life as a breakaway league from the United Soccer Leagues (USL). Several of the higher-profile professional clubs sought a team-owned league they could manage themselves. The driving force in this move away from USL was Traffic Sports USA, and the single most influential person was Aaron Davidson who was indictedby the Justice Department for racketeering conspiracy and corruption.

NASL’s ties with indicted President of Traffic Sports USA Aaron Davidson run deep

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The North American Soccer League (NASL) began life as a breakaway league from the United Soccer Leagues (USL). Several of the higher-profile professional clubs sought a team-owned league they could manage themselves. The driving force in this move away from USL was Traffic Sports USA, and the single most influential person was Aaron Davidson who was indictedby the Justice Department for racketeering conspiracy and corruption.

Interview with Tampa Bay Rowdies’ Francisco Marcos about international development

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Francisco Marcos (left) and Tampa Bay Rowdies Team Owner Bill Edwards (right)

USL Founder Francisco Marcos was recently hired by the Tampa Bay Rowdies of NASL to lead the club's international development effort. Marcos, who for over four decades has been one of the most influential people in the development of both the professional and elite youth game in the United States, began his professional life in the Tampa Bay area in 1974, preparing for the launch of the Rowdies the following year.

Interview with Tampa Bay Rowdies’ Francisco Marcos about international development

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Francisco Marcos (left) and Tampa Bay Rowdies Team Owner Bill Edwards (right)

USL Founder Francisco Marcos was recently hired by the Tampa Bay Rowdies of NASL to lead the club's international development effort. Marcos, who for over four decades has been one of the most influential people in the development of both the professional and elite youth game in the United States, began his professional life in the Tampa Bay area in 1974, preparing for the launch of the Rowdies the following year.

New York Cosmos face Atlanta Silverbacks in top of the table NASL weekend clash

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While Real Madrid and Schalke legend Raul's signing with the New York Cosmos has grabbed the headlines early in the NASL season, the league boasts another undefeated team down in Atlanta. The league-owned Silverbacks managed by former Stevenage and Colorado Rapids Head Coach Gary Smith have assembled an excellent squad on a tight-budget.

New York Cosmos face Atlanta Silverbacks in top of the table NASL weekend clash

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While Real Madrid and Schalke legend Raul's signing with the New York Cosmos has grabbed the headlines early in the NASL season, the league boasts another undefeated team down in Atlanta. The league-owned Silverbacks managed by former Stevenage and Colorado Rapids Head Coach Gary Smith have assembled an excellent squad on a tight-budget.

New York Cosmos and Rowdies to renew one of the biggest US soccer rivalries Saturday

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Professional soccerin the United States is still relatively young when compared to that of other countries across the globe, but a few major traditional rivalries have developed through the years. Perhaps the biggest cross-sectional rivalry in the USA is the matchup between the New York Cosmos and the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

New York Cosmos and Rowdies to renew one of the biggest US soccer rivalries Saturday

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Professional soccerin the United States is still relatively young when compared to that of other countries across the globe, but a few major traditional rivalries have developed through the years. Perhaps the biggest cross-sectional rivalry in the USA is the matchup between the New York Cosmos and the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

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Report: Hartford to Join NASL

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Pro soccer appears to be on the verge of returning to Connecticut's capital after a report surfaced on Monday that Hartford will be granted an NASL expansion team as early as next year.

According to Fox CT, the franchise will play its home games at Dillon Stadium, and will be named Hartford City FC.

Report: NASL Eyeing Expansion in Hartford?

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Is the NASL targeting Hartford as a potential expansion city?

According to a report from The Courant (Hartford) on Monday, the second-tier soccer league is in talks with a Hartford-based ownership group about the possibility of fielding a team in the Nutmeg State.

Could McCoy Stadium Host Pro Soccer?

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On Monday,thePawtucket Red Sox announced its new ownership group, and with it, the news that the team will be abandoning McCoy Stadium for a new stadium in Providence, R.I. as early as 2017. With the venerable stadium's days numberedas a host for pro baseball, city officials would be wise to consider usingit tocourt another pro sport: soccer.

Major League Soccer

The First Fan: Reflections on 10 Years Without Peter Wilt

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Ten years ago last week, news broke that thefirst President and General Manager of the Chicago Fire was leaving the club. DespiteWilt's departure from Major League Soccer, his influence in the North American game remains.

In an age of "Circle the Wagon" franchise mentality,Wilt is a champion of fan culture, corporate accessibility, andorganizational transparency.

Another White Elephant?

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Since his announcement as manager way back in 2011, Juergen Klinsmann has espoused a core tenant of bolstering the development process of American talent, domestically and abroad. Part of his program has most certainly been to encourage the rising stars of American soccer to ply their trade overseas, where coaching,.

Friday Freedom Kicks: Germans, MLS, and NASL (but mostly Germans)

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It's Friday, and we've got your soccer links to get your day started. We also have Germans. Lots of Germans.

It's March, which means a certain Madness is preventing us from watching Major League Soccer tonight on Spanish-language TV. But, without soccer to watch on a Friday night, we all should have a little more time to join with our German friends (and certain B&RU writers) in celebrating Manuel Neuer's birthday.

Report: MLS set to announce Minnesota bid this week

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Well, the whole 45-60 day thing didn't quite go that long. Various reports out of the Midwest suggest that Major League Soccer will be in Minnesota on Wednesday to formally announce the city's expansion bid with NASL side Minnesota United.

Wheels in motion in Minneapolis.

Homegrown – March 2015

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On this month's Homegrown with our hosts, Dan and Jay: MLS rookies time, or lack thereof. Is MLS talent pool watered down? Expanding to 40 clubs, is this good for the league? Minnesota United a lock for MLS? Jason interviews NY Cosmos Hunter Gorskie Closing out with a few quick..

Why the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup isn’t “March Madness” yet

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Even if you haven't filled out your NCAA Tournament bracket (or five) yet, you are probably still aware that there's some big college basketball tournament about to explode onto several networks today. Colloquially it is known as "March Madness".

In recent years there have been articles written about the Lamar Hunt U.

Why the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup isn’t “March Madness” yet

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Even if you haven't filled out your NCAA Tournament bracket (or five) yet, you are probably still aware that there's some big college basketball tournament about to explode onto several networks today. Colloquially it is known as "March Madness".

In recent years there have been articles written about the Lamar Hunt U.

MLS, NASL and USL soccer pyramid has plenty of opportunity to be successful

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The growth of soccer in the United States is something that can be easily taken for granted. We've seen the disastrous fallout that occurs when leagues overextend themselves, lacking the financial support to reach the lofty strata they desire to attain. Last week's flurry of Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations in Major League Soccer brought this mode of thinking back to the forefront, as players and owners faced the real option of postponing the start of the 2015 season over labor costs.

MLS, NASL and USL soccer pyramid has plenty of opportunity to be successful

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The growth of soccer in the United States is something that can be easily taken for granted. We've seen the disastrous fallout that occurs when leagues overextend themselves, lacking the financial support to reach the lofty strata they desire to attain. Last week's flurry of Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations in Major League Soccer brought this mode of thinking back to the forefront, as players and owners faced the real option of postponing the start of the 2015 season over labor costs.

Is Austin Next?

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There may have been a brief moment of delight for soccer fans waiting for the USL season to kick off this Sunday. A goal from Mix Diskerud and a "That's So Aurelien" tackle made it look like Orlando's inaugural crowd would be going home disappointed. Soccer fans in Austin may..

Excitement for Orlando’s MLS debut embodies renewed passion for soccer throughout Florida

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Florida has often been seen as a soccer backwater, mocked by critics and misunderstood by fans across the United States. However on Sunday, the eyes of the nation will be fixed on Orlando as new MLS entry Orlando City SC makes its league debut in front of a crowd that will be upwards of 62,000.

Just a few weeks ago, the Jacksonville Armada FC began preseason play in the second division North American Soccer League (NASL) in front of nearly 14,000 fans.

Excitement for Orlando’s MLS debut embodies renewed passion for soccer throughout Florida

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Florida has often been seen as a soccer backwater, mocked by critics and misunderstood by fans across the United States. However on Sunday, the eyes of the nation will be fixed on Orlando as new MLS entry Orlando City SC makes its league debut in front of a crowd that will be upwards of 62,000.

Just a few weeks ago, the Jacksonville Armada FC began preseason play in the second division North American Soccer League (NASL) in front of nearly 14,000 fans.

NASL could suffer greatly due to MLS and its new CBA deal

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The new MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) appears to be a big victory for MLS players and for the league's management. With four new expansion clubs having paid large fees to join the league and a new TV deal along with several new lucrative sponsorships, Major League Soccer is poised to emerge as one of the global powerhouses in the sport.

NASL could suffer greatly due to MLS and its new CBA deal

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The new MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) appears to be a big victory for MLS players and for the league's management. With four new expansion clubs having paid large fees to join the league and a new TV deal along with several new lucrative sponsorships, Major League Soccer is poised to emerge as one of the global powerhouses in the sport.

Why USL’s quest for US Soccer’s Division 2 status is problematic

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Tuesday's news that USL will apply for Division 2 status shook up the US Soccer community. As the former Director of Communications for the North American Soccer League (NASL) when the league battled USL for D2 status in 2010 and early 2011, it is a bittersweet moment.

The NASL forced a change in US Soccer that raised D2 standards dramatically from 2011 onward when compared to the previous "wild wild west" that characterized lower division soccer in North America.

Why USL’s quest for US Soccer’s Division 2 status is problematic

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Tuesday's news that USL will apply for Division 2 status shook up the US Soccer community. As the former Director of Communications for the North American Soccer League (NASL) when the league battled USL for D2 status in 2010 and early 2011, it is a bittersweet moment.

The NASL forced a change in US Soccer that raised D2 standards dramatically from 2011 onward when compared to the previous "wild wild west" that characterized lower division soccer in North America.

2015/16 Kits & Jerseys

Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2015 Nike Home and Away Kits

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Partly owned by legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers unveiled theirhome and away [...]

Tampa Bay Rowdies 2015 Nike Home and Away Jerseys

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies launched their 2015 home and away kits from new club outfitter [...]

Atlanta Silverbacks 2015 Reto Home and Away Jerseys

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The Atlanta Silverbacks unveiled their 2015 home and away jerseys at their season Kickoff Party [...]

New York Cosmos 2015 Nike Third Jersey

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The New York Cosmos have released a 2015 third jersey from Nike ahead of Saturday's [...]

San Antonio Scorpions 2015 Nike Home, Away and Third Jerseys

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Defending North American Soccer League (NASL) champions San Antonio Scorpions will wear a three kit [...]

Jacksonville Armada 2015 Nike Home and Away Jerseys

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Newly formed professional soccer team Jacksonville Armada will wear home and away kits from Nike [...]

Jon Kempin

Sporting Send Abdul-Salaam on Loan to San Antonio

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Sporting Kansas City continues to develop a working relationship with NASL side, the San Antonio Scorpions. After loaning goalkeeper Jon Kempin to the club earlier this season, the team announced today that they're sending the team's second of three first round picks, Saad Abdul-Salaam to San Antonio as well.

Kempin Loaned to San Antonio

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Sporting Kansas City announced today that homegrown goalkeeper, Jon Kempin is headed out on loan, and it's not to the place that most people expected him to go though. Most people expected Kempin to be headed to Oklahoma City to continue to play under Jimmy Nielsen with affiliate club, the Oklahoma City Energy.

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Soccer Morning (3.31.15) Bill Peterson

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guestNASL Commissioner Bill Peterson.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Jason kicks off today's show with NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson, to discuss a variety of topics including the opening weekend of the 2015 NASL season,

Listen to the episode above or here.

Soccer Morning (3.31.15) Bill Peterson

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guestNASL Commissioner Bill Peterson.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Jason kicks off today's show with NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson, to discuss a variety of topics including the opening weekend of the 2015 NASL season,

Listen to the episode above or here.

The Rest

Homegrown – May 2015

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On this month's Homegrown with our hosts, Dan and Jay: The US Department of Justice makes moves against FIFA and co., We discuss the implications for US Soccer and beyond. Interview with Evan Ream, co-host of the First Eleven podcast and writer for the Davis Enterprise, regarding the US Open..

The Cosmos and the rest of the NASL

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The New York Cosmos have few issues showing why they're one of the best NASL teams, but that means little in New York City. Read More

The Tampa Bay Rowdies try to make it work in the NASL

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies have control of their stadium and a realistic take on how to do business in American pro soccer. Read More