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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.


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.

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.

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

Philadelphia Union

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.

Michael Lahoud wins NASL Humanitarian Award

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Former Philadelphia Union midfielder Michael Lahoud wins the NASL Humanitarian Award

Michael Lahoud came to the Philadelphia Union in 2012 in part of the Danny Califf trade with Chivas USA, and would stay with the team until 2016 when he was loaned to the New York Cosmos in NASL. The loan was cut short and he was rumored to be coming back to the first team, only to find that he was being transferred to another NASL side, Miami FC.

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.

New York Cosmos

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.

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.

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 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 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 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 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.

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NASL Playoff Preview: Cosmos face Rayo OKC, Indy hosts Eddies

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November has arrived, and with the cold weather and holiday outfits comes NASL's postseason.

While it took to the final weekend the cement the matchups for The Championship's head to head matchups, the semifinals look to be very intriguing. Home dominance takes on stingy defense in both Indianapolis and Long Island, where the home teams have beenunbeatable in 2016.

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.

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NASL Weekend Rewind: Rayo claims final playoff spot, Minnesota United falls and more

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The final weekend of NASL regular seasonsaw one of the league's expansion side claim the final playoff spot, while one of the league's perennial contenders said farewell with a loss.

Minnesota United departedthe NASL and the playoff picture with their loss at home to the New York Cosmos, while Rayo OKC will play in the postseason in their inaugural season thanks to a win over Indy Eleven.

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.

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, 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.

The Rest

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.

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.


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

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.

Some Soccer News for Oct 31, 2016

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It's Day 305 of 2016.

The NASL era in Minnesota soccer is over. The team finished in 5th place and did not qualify for the playoffs for the first time in many seasons.


After the game there was a lot of emotion flowing. Former player Brian Kallman shot this video and caught me looking like I was fighting back tears:
My favorite part of the night last night @MNDarkClouds the look on @dunord s face says it all!

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?

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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.

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.