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Footy On The Telly – August 18-25

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This week, The Union are ...(sigh)... well.... "Trusting The Process." Also, College Soccer, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Copa Sudamerica, and lots of league fixtures

MLS Ticker: Matias Laba tears ACL, Nick Hagglund out 6-8 weeks and more

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The Vancouver Whitecaps suffered one of their most deflating losses of the season on Tuesday, as they learned midfielder Matias Laba will be out for the remainder of the season.

The Canadian club announced the 25-year-old Argentine is set to be away from the pitch until next spring, following an ACL tear in the midfielder's right knee suffered last Saturday at Gillette Stadium against the New England Revolution.

Footy On The Telly August 11 – 18

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This week, The Union are up against it - again. Also, the Supercopa de Espana, Supercoppa Italiana, DFB Pokal, Copa MX, UEFA Champions League and lots of fixtures.

What MP & Silva’s $4 billion TV deal could mean for lower leagues of American soccer

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On Monday, Sports Business Journal reported that Riccardo Silva on behalf of MP & Silva had approached MLS about a $4 billion broadcast rights deal spanning the years 2023-2032 if the league agreed to institute promotion and relegation. MLS has rejected the proposal according to SBJ. While we speculated yesterday that perhaps they would come back to the table, league sources have indicated to me that MLS and its marketing arm Soccer United Marketing (SUM) have a policy of not selling domestic broadcast rights to third parties.

Sporting Kansas City, winner of FC Cincinnati, Miami FC to host U.S. Open Cup semifinals

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The magical run of either FC Cincinnati or Miami FC will continue in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, and no matter who wins, they'll be returning home next round.

The winner of the rescheduled FC Cincy vs. Miami FC quarterfinal will host the New York Red Bulls in the upcoming semifinal round.

Footy On The Telly June 16 – 23

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This week it's the RETURN OF THE UNION! FIFA Confederations Cup, UEFA Euro U21, and Segunda Playoffs

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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While things have quieted down as we near the dog days of summer, they certainly haven't gone silent.

Leading off the weekend is the kicking off of the 2017 edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. The eight-team tournament gets underway on Saturday morning with a contest between Russia and New Zealand on Fox Sports 1.

U.S. Open Cup Round of 16: Miami FC hosts Atlanta United, FC Cincy hosts Chicago Fire, and more

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With the Round of 16 draw officially complete, the next stage of the U.S. Open Cup features some truly intriguing match-ups

The immediate takeaway is that both Miami FC and FC Cincinnati will host their round of 16 MLS opponents in the South region, with Miami taking on Atlanta United and Cincy battling the Chicago Fire.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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It's an international weekend in the soccer calendar. World Cup Qualifying takes center stage as UEFA and CONCACAF continue to pave their roads to Russia. Meanwhile, only three games are scheduled in MLS next to a full slate of NASL and USL matches.

Footy On The Telly June 9 – 16

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This week it's World Cup Qualifying, the US v El Tri, the U20 World Cup Finals, a dash of MLS, some Friendlies, African Cup of Nations, and the Spanish Segunda with the most televised club fixtures.

Footy On The Telly June 2-9

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Ah June! That wonderful time of year when a Footy-Hungry world turns its eyes to World Cup Qualifying, some intriguing Friendlies, and the MLS - where there are more first-division footy fixtures televised than anywhere else in the world. Oh yeah, and that little club tournament where that Spanish team plays that Italian team.

NASL: San Francisco Deltas Goalkeeper Romuald Peiser Proposes To Girlfriend On Pitch Before Kick-Off (Video)

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San Francisco Deltas goalkeeper Romuald Peiser took an unnecessary risk of a very different kind when he proposed to his girlfriend on the pitch before Sunday's NASL fixture against New York Cosmos.

The 37-year-old Frenchman escorted his partner, Taylor, to the centre-circle and proceeded to get down on one knee.

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NASL Week 17 Rewind:Miami FC closes Spring with win, Cosmos top Eddies and more

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The Spring Season has now come to a close.

After a long Spring Season with manysurprises and memorable moments, teams will now take areprieve as they prepare for the forthcoming Fall Season. Miami FC finished atop the table with an impressive 36 points, while PuertoRico FC finished in last place with only aquarter of those points with nine.

FC Cincinnati, Miami FC U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal rescheduled for August 2nd

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Fans of FC Cincinnati and Miami FC will need to wait a while longer for their much-anticipated U.S. Open Cup match.

The match, which was rained out on Wednesday night due to severe thunderstorms in the Miami area, has been rescheduled for August 2nd at 7:30 p.

NASL Week 17: Look Ahead

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The Spring Season is coming to an end. This weekend is the last of Spring Season play, and although Miami FC clinched the season title last time out, there is still a lot to play for with playoff spots on the line.

On Wednesday, the Jacksonville Armada came back to secure a draw against Puerto Rico FC, thanks to a 90+ minute goal by forward Derek Gebhard.

U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal between Miami FC, FC Cincinnati postponed

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The two non-MLS sides remaining in the U.S. Open Cup will have to wait to book their place into the semifinals.

Miami FC 's clash with fellow second division side FC Cincinnati was postponed on Wednesday evening due to consistent thunderstorms in the Miami area.The match, which was supposed to kick off at 7:30 p.

NASL Week 16: Look Ahead 

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It was an odd week for the NASL as two matches were played on Tuesday.

Miami FC finally lost, after over two months of play in all competitions, to North Carolina FC on Tuesday. The lone goal of the game came in the 65th minute off of a nice combination between Jose Carranza and Billy Schuler.

NASL Week 15: Look Ahead

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It was a busy week for NASL as the league is gearing up to return to league play this weekend. There were some big wins and some big singings which took place this week, and both of those bode well for the rest of the season.

On Wednesday, Miami FC beat Atlanta United in the Round of 16 of the U.

NASL Weekend Rewind: Week 13

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On Saturday, Miami FC kept their winning streak alive with a home win over the New York Cosmos, the Indy Eleven captured their second straight win on the road against North Carolina FC, and the San Francisco Deltas stayed unbeaten on the road with a win against FC Edmonton.

Only three games were played in Week 13, as due to weather issues, Jacksonville Armada FCwill play at home against PuertoRico FC on Monday night.

NASL Spotlight: Dylan Mares thriving with surging Miami FC

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Miami FC has seen incredible success this season. The team has advanced to the fifth round of the U.S Open Cup, and through 12 league matches, Miami FC sits seven points clear at the top of the NASL league table.

At the heart of Miami FC's success this season has been consistency. Through the first 12 games of the season Miami FC coach Alessandro Nesta has fielded very similar teams, only switching up his starting 11 to accommodate injuries and absences.

NASL Week 12 Rewind: Miami wins again, Indy finds their first victory, and more

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Week 12 held a lot of significance for many teams in the NASL, as thirteen goals were scored throughout four matches, causing shifts in second, third, and fourth place in the league table. The league also saw a shift in the league's leading goal scorer and assist tallies.

On Friday, the Cosmos completed a comeback home victory over Puerto Rico FC, catapulting the side to fourth in the league table.

NASL Week 12: A Look Ahead

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This was a busy week for NASL, as three NASL teams featured in U.S. Open Cup play last Wednesday.

Miami continued their superb run of form by beating MLS opponent Orlando City, 3-1, away from home. Miami's home and away form has been excellent unbeaten in eleven matches and the team morale seems to be increasingly confident and excited.

NASL Week 11 Rewind: Miami win again, Jacksonville back on track and more

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Week 11 saw fourteen goals scored over four weekend fixtures, as teams kept pace in the title race.

Miami FC registered asixth win in seven matches with a victory over FC Edmonton, the Jacksonville Armada completed a 4-1 rout over Indy Eleven, the San Francisco Deltas stayed undefeated on the road with a 3-1 win over Puerto Rico FC, and North Carolina FC fought against the New York Cosmos to a 2-2 draw.

NASL Week 10 Rewind: Miami keep rolling, Puerto Rico find a win, and more

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Week 10 felt decisive, as a number of NASL teams made a point with their results this weekend. While the table is still in contest right now, it may not be for much longer.

Miami continued to make their case for the best team in division two with a shutout victory over the Jacksonville Armada, Puerto Rico FC found their first win of the season in convincing fashion, Indy Eleven continued their bizarre streak of draws this year, and the New York Cosmos stole three points on the road.

Report: NASL files suit against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers' ownership

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The woes continue for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

According to Empire of Soccer, the NASL filed a crossclaim against Miami FC, LLC, the corporate entity of the Strikers' ownership group for any excess in the club's assets. The crossclaim is part of a lawsuit from Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards to recoup loan fees extended to the club.

NASL Week 7: A Look Ahead

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Another week, another full slate of NASL action as the teams atop the table look to create some sort of separation.

The Jacksonville Armada remain atop the NASL table as the head into a big-time clash with the New York Cosmos. Their lead is just one point, with the Cosmos, North Carolina FC and Miami FC lurking just behind.

NASL Rewind: Cosmos top Deltas, Miami FC cruises past Eddies and more

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Things were fairly eventful in the NASL this weekend as four matches were played and a total of six goals were scored.

The New York Cosmos and North Carolina FC both battled to 1-0 victories while Miami FC cruised to a 2-0 victory. Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Armada and Indy Eleven split points in a 1-1 draw.

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 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.

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Footy On The Telly July 7 – 14

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This week, while MLS and the Union get a break, it's CONCACAF Gold Cup Time! Copa Sudamericana, UEFA Women's European Championship, NASL, NWSL and some Friendlies

Footy on the Telly – June 23-30

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This week, The Union Must Win (twice, don't they?), FIFA Confederations Cup, UEFA Euro U21, Copa Sudamericana, Segunda Playoffs, and a lot of soccer history.

Footy On The Telly May 12-19

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This week, watch the Union, Pulisic, Barnetta, Carli, Noguera, FIFA Confederations Cup, African CAF Confederations Cup and Champions League, Copa Libertadores, NASL, NWSL and even Danny Cruz!

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2017 US Open Cup Third Round results

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The Third Round of the 2017 US Open Cup concluded on Wednesday. Amateur team Christos FC advanced and will play DC United in the next round. LA Wolves, coached by former USMNT player Eric Wynalda, lost to Orange County FC. Nine USL teams made it through along with three from the NASL. All play MLS teams in the Fourth Round.

Memorial Day musings

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Some observations about the Bethlehem Steel and the USL, from serious issues of future stability to a whimsically fleeting table analysis.

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U.S. Open Cup Round 3: A Look Ahead

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The third round of the U.S. Open Cup kicked off on Tuesdaynight with Saint Louis FC being the first team to qualify for the fourth round by beating the Michigan Bucks 2-1. An early brace bySebastian Dalgaard was enough to see them through for a fourth round matchup with the Chicago Fire.

Wednesday'saction will see three amateur teams seek a chance at the fourth round with two of them hosting their games.

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.

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Ba, Hazard among investors in NASL San Diego expansion team

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Professional soccer is coming to San Diego.

The NASL, currently one of the two leagues designated as the second division of American soccer, is expected to make an announcement on Monday on a new expansion side in San Diego. Former Premier League striker Demba Ba leads the group of investors, while Chelsea star Eden Hazard, Crystal Palace's Yohan Cabaye, and Fenerbahce's Moussa Sow are also among the ownership group.

Some Soccer News for Jun 6, 2017

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It's Day 157 of 2017.

My new article for 1500ESPN: Former NASL players having big impact on MNUFC MLS roster.


Twin Cities viewing parties for the 2 USMNT World Cup qualifiers, Thurs & Sun, is at Town Hall Brewery in Seven Corners, Minneapolis.



John Brooks trained with the USA today.

NASL Week 9: A Look Ahead

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It's been a busy week in the NASL as a clubparted ways with their coach, a new club announced their president and yet another club traveled over 6,000 miles to play in a friendly in Saudi Arabia.

Puerto Rico FC announced last Friday that it parted ways with coach Adrian Whitbread as well as their Technical Director Neil Sillett.

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.