Pele. Franz Beckenbauer. Giorgio Chinaglia. Carlos Alberto. Shep Messing. Legendary players who helped the New York Cosmos version one fill up New Jersey's Giants Stadium in the 1970s. By the early 80s, Mick Jaggerand Henry Kissinger stopped popping in for post-match champagne and the most famous soccer club in American history folded.
One thing is perfectly clear in the MLS expansion race we have some serious fights on our hands.
The biggest fight of them all may be in Minnesota with two groups vying for the attention of Major League Soccer. Both groups will go center stage this weekend as TCF Bank Stadium will be hosting a big double-header to show off what the Twin Cities are all about.
Last week, reports began to surface about a possible new professional league in Canada that would be developed in partnership with the Canadian (American) Football League (CFL) and the North American Soccer League (NASL). Canada has not had an independent professional league since the Canadian Soccer League folded in 1992, and the surviving teams joined the American professional league system.
On Sunday night, fourOrlando City Soccer Club fans were arrested in Tampa on a variety of charges after fights, disorderly behavior and smoke bombs broke out in an exhibition game against Tampa Bay Rowdies.
In addition to the four arrests, 16 Orlando City fans were ejected from Al Lang Stadium in St.
The Vancouver Whitecaps went to Colorado on Saturday tied with the Rapids for the fourth spot on the Major League Soccer Western Conference table. They leave bumped down in the playoff race after a performance unbecoming of a postseason hopeful.
The Rapids laid siege to the Whitecaps, out-shooting them by a whopping 19-to-5 with Dillon Powers and Vicente Sanchez breaking through for a 2-0 win and snapping an eight-game unbeaten streak for Vancouver.
The fifth round of the 2014 U.S. Open wrapped up Wednesday, and what a two-day stretch it was. Fights, shootouts, and even lightning headlined a bizarre round that has set the stage for an exciting quarterfinals.
The Union take on the NY Cosmos in possibly the most interesting match up of the fifth round of the US Open Cup. The Union in the midst of a reboot and the Cosmos flying high and enjoying taking MLS scalps as proof of the high ambition.
The Philadelphia Union face the New York Cosmos in the fifth round of the US Open Cup on June 24th at PPL Park.
The fourth round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup appeared as if it was going to be a rough go for Major League Soccer early. However, a quality finish on the final two days of action sees 12 teams from the top division through to the next round.
The New York Red Bulls will not be one of those 12 teams though after it was shutout by an impressive New York Cosmos effort.
With the 2014 World Cup in the rearview mirror, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is sure to use the coming months as an opportunity to integrate new faces into his side. However, one of those new faces is set to come from a pretty surprising location.
Forward Miguel Ibarra grabbed headlines Monday, but it was forward Christian Ramirez whose late goal ledthe way for the Minnesota United Sunday.
The Minnesota United forward scored a one-touch goal his club-record 16th of the season off a cross from reported USMNT call-upIbarra in the 89th minute to give Minnesota United all three points in a 3-2 victory over Ottawa Fury FC Sunday.
The rematch of the 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl did not disappoint as former MLS midfielder Danny Szetela grabbed a late goal to give the New York Cosmos all three points in a wild 3-2 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks in front of an announced crowd of 4,502 fans at Hofstra Stadium in New York.
Minnesota United may have extended their unbeaten streak to 11 games, but NASL leading scorer Christian Ramirez and co. leftShuart Stadium disapointed with Saturday's outcome.
Although the New York Cosmos were reduced to ten men from an early red card, the Cosmos earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Minnesota United on Saturday, thanks to aMads Stokkelien second half equalizer.
Despite already earning a berth into The Championship as the NASL's Spring Season winner, Minnesota United are far from content.
The currently undefeated Fall Season leaders will look to continue their run of dominance Saturday at James M. Shuart Stadiumagainst the only team to defeat them in 2014, the New York Cosmos, who enter the weekend undefeated against Minnesota United in three previous contests.
Soccer for a Cause, the same group that helped bring about the NASL's San Antonia Scorpions, today released a proposal to expand the Scorpions' home venue, Toyota Field, by roughly 10,000 seats as part of the city's ongoing push to gain an MLS franchise.
A vital three points are at stake Saturday as the struggling New York Cosmos and Atlanta Silverbacks meet in a rematch of the 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl at Hoftstra Stadium.
Coming off a loss to then bottom-of-the table Indy Eleven, the Silverbacks desperately need a resultas they sit five points behind fourth place Tampa Bay for the final playoff berth in the combined Spring and Fall table.
After one season, Eric Wynalda is stepping down as head coach of the Atlanta Silverbacks.
The club announced on Friday that the former United States Men's National Team star and current Fox Sports analyst will end his tenure as the Silverbacks' manager on Saturday during their home opener, when they host FC Edmonton at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.
Just one week after reclaiming the league's top spot, the San Antonio Scorpions will look to build their lead over Minnesota United FC in what has been a season-long wrestling match between the two clubs.
The Scorpions, who sit two points ahead of Minnesota United, will attemptto pick up some much-needed points when they take on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Friday evening.
Despite going down to 10 men, the San Antonio Scorpions did more than enough to extend their lead atop the NASL table.
The Scorpions pushed through the sending off of centerback Julius James to hold on to a 2-0 victory over the visiting Indy Eleventhrough first half goals fromTomasz Zahorski and the aforementioned James.
The 2015 NASL expansion team announced on Tuesday, October 21 that goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo is the first-ever Jacksonville Armada FC player. Gallardo will lead Jacksonville after playing four successful seasons with Orlando City SC of USL PRO. "It is an ... Continue reading →
Do not feel bad if you are one of the many that are unfamiliar with the California native who wascalled up to the US Men's National Team squad for last Friday's 1-1 draw against Ecuador, and is included in Tuesday's squad for the match against Honduras. Three separate websites have Ibarra listed at three different positions.
In 2008, the Puerto Rico Islanders were on the brink of greatness, just a penalty round away from playing for the CONCACAF Champions League championship.
Fast forward four years later to 2012, and the franchise had all but disappeared. The heavy governmental financing of the project, coupled with a change in ruling party, when most of the ownership were heavily involved in the defeated government, mixed with a plummeting economy spelled the end for the club that placed Puerto Rican soccer on the international landscape.
This is a busy week for Frank Yallop and the Chicago Fire technical staff. Following Sunday's 1-1 draw in Kansas City, the team returned to training today and depart for Atlanta this afternoon ahead of tomorrow night's US Open Cup quarterfinal match against the NASL's Silverbacks. They'll go from Atlanta to Boston, where they'll train on Friday in preparation for a Saturday match with the New England Revolution.