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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.

The USL launches rebrand, will vie for division 2 status in 2016

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The artist formerly known as USL PRO is now known as the USL.

The United Soccer League announced today that it has dropped the USL PRO moniker and will compete instead as the USL. In addition, the league announced new branding as well as customized versions of its new logo in each of the team's colors.

Looking back at the 1979 NASL players strike

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MLS players have been vocal about their willingness to strike if a new CBA is not reached. What can be learned from the 1979 strike by NASL players?

Can someone get Indy in MLS?

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I've been thinking for a while now that the group that owns the NASL side Indy Eleven need to be in MLS. Maybe it has to do with PeterWilt managingthat club or maybe it has more to do with the renderings of the stadium that were just released.

Provided by Indy Eleven

Hot damn.

The Indy Star had the scoop on the renderings that were released, detailing the $82 million stadium that will hold roughly 18,000.

Let’s Make A Deal

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A mere six weeks separates today from the official start of the MLS season, and as of this very moment, a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) has yet to be ratified by the player's union. This means that there is no deal governing the entirety of the league's operations for 2015,..

‘I Will Try To Get Fit’ – Ronaldo Declares His Intention To Come Out Of Retirement To Play For Fort Lauderdale Strikers

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By Chris Wright

He hasn't played a single game since leaving Corinthians in 2011, but Ronaldo has declared his intentions of making a comeback for his newly-acquired NASL side, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

As perMonday's announcement, Ronaldo is now a part-owner of the Florida-based team who will be competing in the NASL (i.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, USWNT, and MLS links for Wednesday January 14th, 2015

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Alajuelense's dealing with CCL suspensions, Jozy Altidore and Mix Diskerud are coming to MLS, a few other teams made moves, and Ronaldo is going to play in the NASL because NASL.

True story: I googled "D.C. United" last night looking for stories to link. Every single story whose main subject was United, or a player currently on the team, was a B&RU story.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies’ Shrewd Changes Should Ensure Immediate Success in 2015

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies have made big changes since the end of the 2014 North American Soccer League season. Coming off a season where the team struggled, new management has quickly made several moves, including a raid on the rival Fort Lauderdale Strikers, who were inches away from winning the NASL title in 2014.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies’ Shrewd Changes Should Ensure Immediate Success in 2015

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies have made big changes since the end of the 2014 North American Soccer League season. Coming off a season where the team struggled, new management has quickly made several moves, including a raid on the rival Fort Lauderdale Strikers, who were inches away from winning the NASL title in 2014.

New York Area Clubs Upping Their Youth Commitment

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It is an exciting time for graduating college soccer players, especially in the New York metro area. While we have yet to see what NYCFC willcommit to scouting and developing players in the local community, the Red Bulls and the Cosmos are increasing their commitment to area players. The Red..

Minnesota expansion situation gets a little tricky

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Any time you have to completely different groups lobbying for the same thing, the water tends to get a tad muddy. Things in Minnesota are looking good for an expansion bid into Major League Soccer but the question remains, who will the owners be? Will it be the NFL Vikings? Or will the NASL group step up and get their club into the first division of US soccer.

NASL Have Made a Shrewd Move to Keep Atlanta in The League

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With a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise announced to begin play in 2017 and an ownership group looking to leave, many felt that now would have been the perfect time for the North American Soccer League (NASL) to move out of way and let MLS take center stage in Atlanta. Instead, the NASL has elected to run the Atlanta Silverbacks FC club themselves in 2015 while seeking out new ownership.

NASL Have Made a Shrewd Move to Keep Atlanta in The League

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With a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise announced to begin play in 2017 and an ownership group looking to leave, many felt that now would have been the perfect time for the North American Soccer League (NASL) to move out of way and let MLS take center stage in Atlanta. Instead, the NASL has elected to run the Atlanta Silverbacks FC club themselves in 2015 while seeking out new ownership.

Ronaldo

More Questions Remain Than Answers at Fort Lauderdale Strikers

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The Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League made a splash on Wednesday by unveiling Brazilian legend Ronaldo as a part-owner and potential player. The Strikers got an international and national publicity bump out of the announcement. Ronaldo himself was well-spoken and thoughtful in his responses to the assembled media.

More Questions Remain Than Answers at Fort Lauderdale Strikers

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The Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League made a splash on Wednesday by unveiling Brazilian legend Ronaldo as a part-owner and potential player. The Strikers got an international and national publicity bump out of the announcement. Ronaldo himself was well-spoken and thoughtful in his responses to the assembled media.

How does one say "Hmmmveeeryinnnnteresting." in Portuguese?

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[Photo: AFP]I have been fighting to not fall under the weather the last couple days, and one of the first things I saw after awaking essentially victorious this morning was that Ronaldo (yup, that one) has joined the ownership team of the NASL's Ft. Lauderdale Striukers. Surely, this will tickle NSC pal Phil Schoen to no end.

Jacksonville Armada

The Jacksonville Armada in the NASL

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The Jacksonville Armada start their NASL run in a league that has interesting responses to old American soccer problems. Read More

Philadelphia Union announce 2015 Preseason friendly against Jacksonville Armada

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The Philadelphia Union announced their first match of the 2015 season - a friendly against NASL side Jacksonville Armada FC on February 7.

Provided the Collective Bargaining Agreement talks go as planned and there's no work stoppage next year, the Philadelphia Union will play a preseason match on February 7 against Jacksonville Armada FC at EverBank Stadium (where the Jacksonville Jaguars play until they move to Los Angeles or London).

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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.

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

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.

Is this as good as it gets for the NASL?

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Take your pick of the NASL stories emerging from preseason, with your choices telling different stories about the league. Read More

Looking at the 2015 NASL Fall Season Schedule

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On Tuesday, January 20, the NASL announced the schedule for the 2015 Fall Season. Each of the 11 teams in the NASL this year will play each other twice for a total of 20 matches. Because of the odd number ... Continue reading →

Raul: The Face of the Cosmos’ Youth

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The most renowned club in the United States is finally taking a big step into modern US soccer. The New York Cosmos has inspired a generation of American soccer players, but has never produced a player of its own. For nearly 40 years the club was built on bringing in..

Analyzing the 2015 NASL Spring Season Schedule

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The NASL released its schedule for the spring campaign of the 2015 season on December 17, 2014. The league will have 11 teams for the spring split and each team will play 10 games. In 2012, the NASL regular season ... Continue reading →

D.C. United season review: Defender Conor Shanosky

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We take time to look at D.C. United's third homegrown player, Conor Shanosky.

Conor Shanosky's post was supposed to go up yesterday, but I think that something got in the way of that. The team's third homegrown player has already had his option declined, and it doesn't seem like United will try to re-sign him because there basically isn't a lower rate to which they can.