North American Soccer League

Atlanta Silverbacks

NASL Week 2: A Look Back

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By JOE PANTORNO

Minnesota United and the New York Cosmos remain perfect through two games this season as the North American Soccer League spring season's schedule slowly begins to take shape.

The defending Soccer Bowl champion Cosmos managed to escape Canada with three points, defeating FC Edmonton 1-0 thanks to a 37th minute strike from Sebastian Guenzatti.

NASL Week One: A Look Back

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By IVES GALARCEP

The New York Cosmos picked up right where they left off after winning last year's NASL Soccer Bowl, opening the 2014 season with a resounding victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks on Sunday.

Captain and defender Carlos Mendes led the charge for the Cosmos, scoring the first two goals of his professional career in New York's 4-0 mauling of the Silverbacks.

NASL commish open to idea of Adu move to Silverbacks

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By FRANCO PANIZO

As far as players who resonate in American soccer go, few can match up to Freddy Adu and that is why NASL commissioner Bill Peterson is not against the idea of seeing the youngster playing in North America's second division.

Peterson touched on the topic of Adu potentially joining NASL on Thursday in the wake of comments made by Atlanta Silverbacks head coach Eric Wynalda to SI.

USL Pro/NASL Ticker: USL Pro Tulsa franchise unveils name; Silverbacks sign international trio; and more

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Beginning in 2015, the Tulsa Roughnecks FC will be the second professional soccer team in the state of Oklahoma.

After it was announced that Tulsa will be getting a USL Pro franchise, the choosing of the name of the team was left to fans, with 50 percent opting for Roughnecks, paying homage for the original Tulsa Roughnecks that played in the NASL from 1978-1984.

Cosmos sign Senna to contract extension

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Marcos Senna enjoyed a dream first season with the New York Cosmos, and he has no intentions to leave the club in the near future.

The Cosmos announced on Thursday that Senna has signed a contract extension that runs through July 2015. Senna won the Cosmos' Team MVP award last year and helped the club claim the Soccer Bowl by scoring in the 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks.

Wynalda, Silverbacks forge new approach to club soccer management

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By DAN KARELL

Is this position necessary?

That was the question that Atlanta Silverbacks owner Boris Jerkunica, co-owner Henry Hardin, andtechnical director Eric Wynalda kept coming back to when they began discussions last month about who should take charge of the Silverbacks in 2014.

2014 NASL season

NASL Attendance Recap: April 21, 2014

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The North American Soccer League has enjoyed an overall successful first two weeks to its 2014 season. Aside from some difficulties with the launch of the league's video streaming service, NASL Live, and the integration of that streaming on mobile ... Continue reading →

Looking at the 2014 NASL Schedule

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For the 2014 season, NASL will continue using its split-season format which mirrors most of the Latin America but is unique to American professional soccer. Spring season (Apertura): The 10 clubs participating in NASL in 2014 will play nine matches ... Continue reading →

Indy Eleven

WATCH Our Exclusive Interview With Peter Wilt, Indy Eleven’s GM [VIDEO]

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We got to sit down with a very busy Peter Wilt, President and General Manager of Indy Eleven, the newest NASL club in the United States. He talks everything from buying players to the growth of soccer in America.

We kept the background noise in to give you a better sense of the intimate workspace that Indy Eleven functions out of.

Behind the Scenes at Indy Eleven, America’s Newest Soccer Club

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Editor's note: Indy Eleven plays its first match this Saturday eveningwhen the team battles Carolina Railhawks in the NASL, the second division of US soccer. The debut of a brand-new soccer club is an exciting milestone in the growth of the sport in the United States, so we wanted to capture the excitement and to find out what goes on behind the scenes before a league game is played.

Indy Eleven sign former Hoosiers Ring and Ambersley, bring roster to ten players

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By DAN KARELL

With preseason just around the corner, Indy Eleven's inaugural roster is starting to come into view.

In a ceremony at Indiana University's famed basketball stadium Assembly Hall, Indy Eleven president Peter Wilt and head coach Jurgen Sommer revealed the signings of former Indiana men's soccer standouts Brad Ring and Mike Ambersley, taking Indy Eleven's roster to ten players.

Minnesota United

The SBI 2014 NASL Season Preview

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2014 NASL season kicks off on Saturday, and the growing league has plenty to be exited about heading into a new year.

The arrivals of expansion teams Indy Eleven and FC Ottawa will increase the league's size to 10 teams, and Indy has already done an excellent job of creating buzz in a soccer hotbed.

The du Nord Futbol Show Podcast Ep. 82

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Episode 82 of the du Nord Futbol Show podcast is right here, right now.

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On this episode Bruce and Wes talk about MLS Preseason, USA January Camp, Yanks Abroad, NASL, Minnesota United and more.

2014/15 Kits & Jerseys

FC Edmonton 2014 adidas Home and Away Jerseys

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Canadian side FC Edmonton kick off their 2014 North American Soccer League (NASL) Spring Season [...]

Tampa Bay Rowdies 2014 Admiral Home, Away and Third Jerseys

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Managed by former England international Ricky Hill, Tampa Bay Rowdies kick off their 2014North American [...]

Tampa Bay Rowdies 2014 Admiral Pre-Season Jersey

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2012 North American Soccer League champions Tampa Bay Rowdies have launched a black and yellow [...]

Major League Soccer

MLS on Loan: 44 Players Head To Lower Leagues

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I mentioned the other day in the Rookie Watch how the loans and partnerships with the USL PRO and NASL teams are really going to impact the Rookie of the Year race in 2014.

For more proof, here is a list of all the players being loaned out so far this season. We're up to 44 players in total, with more likely on the way.

Freedom Kicks for 27 March 2014: Rowdies, Pig Wars, and Battles for OKC

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Rowdies, Pig Wars, and Battles for Oklahoma City: It's a very martial morning for your daily Freedom Kicks.

As my Freedom Kicks often do, there is a smattering of lower-division news to go along with MLS suspensions, the US men's national team, and soccer's Pig War. Let's jump in!

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Hello & Goodbye: New Addition Pickens Transferred to NASL

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Less than a week after he was picked up by the Revolution via waivers, goalkeeper Matt Pickens was transferred to the Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) on Tuesday for an undisclosed fee.

Pickens, who collected 154 career starts duringhis 10-year MLS career, was acquired by the Revolutionvia the Waiver Draft on Friday after theColorado Rapidscut ties with its longtime keeper.

Pickens transferred to Rowdies days after Waiver Draft move

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Former Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens has been transferred to NASL side Tampa Bay Rowdies five days after being acquired by the New England Revolution via MLS Waiver Draft.

Sources tell SBI that Pickens move to the Rowdies in a $150,000 transfer that will earn the Revs $100,000.

Join the Kartik Krishnaiyer Reddit AMA At 9:35pm ET Tonight: Reminder

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World Soccer Talk Senior Writer Kartik Krishnaiyer is doing a Reddit AMA tonight at 9:35pm ET.

Join the Reddit AMA right now by clicking this link.

With a Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything"), you can ask Kartik any questions you like — whether it's about today's Manchester derby, his new book that charts the growth of the Premier League in the United States, his work as the former director of communications at NASL, David Beckham's Miami MLS team, or anything you like that you've always wanted to ask him.

Scorpions add two more former MLS players in Soto, Borrajo

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The San Antonio Scorpions' recent addition of Eric Hassli was a sign of things to come.

The Scorpions announced on Thursday that they have signed two more former MLS players, agreeing to deals with attacking midfielder Josue Soto and right back Jonathan Borrajo.

Scorpions sign former MLS DP forward Hassli

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Eric Hassli will be staying in Texas, after all. He just will not be with an MLS club.

The San Antonio Scorpions announced Tuesday that they have signed Hassli, 32, for the 2014 NASL season. Hassli, who recently parted ways with FC Dallas, reported to San Antonio on Tuesday and practiced with the club.

2014 FBM Beer-View

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Starting next week the Free Beer Movement will be home to the best American soccer preview series EVAR. It's that good that we can't even spell words correctly.

With Major League Soccer and the rest of American soccer kicking off in just over a week we've curated an impressive list of players, personalities, broadcasters, front office folk, and fans to have them tell us (and you) about their upcoming 2014 season.

Peterson reveals details of NASL expansion plans, throws jabs at MLS in the process

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By FRANCO PANIZO

MLS commissioner Don Garber has taken what is seemingly a full-steam-ahead approach in terms of expansion, but the plan is not one NASL commissioner Bill Peterson shares for his league.

In fact, Peterson threw some thinly-veiled jabs at MLS for its rapid-fire expansion strategy on Thursday.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Ukraine?

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By IVES GALARCEP

Now that Jurgen Klinsmann has chosen his roster for next week's friendly against Ukraine, we can start considering the possibilities for a starting lineup to help Klinsmann answer some questions about his player pool.

There are several regular starters in the squad, but also enough new faces to provide a different flavor to the group Klinsmann ultimately settles on to start.

Peterson reveals details of NASL expansion plans, throws jabs at MLS in the process

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By FRANCO PANIZO

MLS commissioner Don Garber has taken what is seemingly a full-steam-ahead approach in terms of expansion, but the plan is not one NASL commissioner Bill Peterson shares for his league.

In fact, Peterson threw some thinly-veiled jabs at MLS for its rapid-fire expansion strategy on Thursday.

Revs Close Book on Bradenton with a Win

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Winning may be secondary to Revolution coach Jay Heaps at this juncture of the preseason, but that didn't stop Darrius Barnes from rising to the occasion during the closing moments of Thursday's scrimmage.

With the score knotted at one apiece, Barnes grabbed the game-winning goal in stoppage time to give the Revolution their first win of the preseason with a 2-1 victory over the Ft.

Earthquakes reveal new crest, uniforms in honor of club anniversary

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By DAN KARELL

In honor of their 40th anniversary, the San Jose Earthquakes have unveiled a new logo and uniforms for the 2014 Major League Soccer season.

In a presentation in downtown San Jose, the Earthquakes displayed their new logo and jerseys for the upcoming year, featuring a classic looking shield crest with the words "Quakes" and "San Jose 1974.

The Rest

Paid Their Dues: Beginnings and Ends for Former Union Players

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Don't worry, Porfirio still has the 'fro.

Kleberson will make his NASL debut this weekend, but until then, he is living it up. He's been very active since joining Twitter a few weeks ago, and has been more than willing to engage Indianapolis fans on the microblogging site. Indy kicks off their inaugural season on Saturday, when they will host the Carolina RailHawks.

The World Cup drought: US Soccer, 1950-1990

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We continue our series on the US and the World Cup with a look at why the US failed to qualify for the tournament between 1950 and 1990.

Former MLS player Shawn Kuykendall dies after battle with cancer

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By DAN ITEL

Former D.C. United and New York Red Bulls midfielder Shawn Kuykendall died Wednesday morning after a nearly yearlong battle with a rare and incurable form of cancer.

He was 32.

Announced on his website, kuykenstrong.

Hull City vs Tampa Bay Rowdies

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In the height of the North American Soccer League tours by British clubs to the States in the summer were common. What perhaps wasn't so common was an American side travelling to the UK to play a fixture. This is exactly what Tampa Bay Rowdies (coached by Rodney Marsh) did in 1984 when they travelled to Hull to play the first-leg of the alliteratively named "Arrow Air Anglo-American Cup".

NASL Announce New Playoff Format, “The Championship”

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North American Soccer League (NASL) is once again changing its playoff format.

The 2014 NASL season will debut the new-look postseason format as four clubs will qualify to play in "The Championship" that will decide the NASL Soccer Bowl Championship.

The league will still have a Spring and Fall Champion.

NASL changes postseason format by adding two teams

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By FRANCO PANIZO

NASL will be adding more teams to its postseason format this year.

NASL announced on Thursday that four teams will reach the postseason in 2014 as opposed to two like in last year's edition. The four clubs will comprise of the NASL Spring and Fall Season champions and the two sides with the next best overall records from the two seasons combined.

NASL’s newest team launches as the Jacksonville Armada FC

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Local political figures joined league commissioner Bill Peterson and the team's executives during a press conference on Tuesday morning in Jacksonville, Florida. Council President Bill Gulliford told the crowd that he was "proud to welcome Jacksonville Armada FC to our ... Continue reading →

Jacksonville NASL team unveils Armada FC as club name

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The expansion NASL team in Jacksonville has a name.

The club announced on Tuesday that its name will be Jacksonville Armada FC and unveiled its logo. The team name pays tribute to the city's rich Spanish heritage and strong military connection, and was chosen following a fan competition and survey that invited soccer fans in the region to offer suggestions.

USL Pro/NASL Ticker: Rusin joins Orlando City; Jacksonville to unveil name and logo; and more

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By DAN ITEL

Orlando City SC significantly improved their back line just as they begin to prepare for their final USL Pro season.

The future Major League Soccer expansion franchise announced that they've signed former Vancouver Whitecaps defender Brad Rusin to a one-year contract.

Tuesday Evening Ticker: Real Madrid tops Atletico; West Brom tie Chelsea late; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

A pair of penalties from Cristiano Ronaldo were enough to seal the deal against Atletico Madrid in the Copa Del Rey semifinals, as Real Madrid were able to eliminate their rivals 5-0 on aggregate.

Ronaldo's goals were the only scores on the day, but they proved to be more than enough for the reigning La Liga champions.

NASL Ticker: Fury sign former Crew draft pick; Sandoval returns to Silverbacks; and more

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By DAN KARELL

A former Canadian youth international is returning to his roots in Ottawa.

Ottawa Fury FC announced the signing of former Columbus Crew defender Drew Beckie to a one-year contract, taking their total roster to 11 players ahead of the 2014 North American Soccer League season.