North American Soccer League

New York Cosmos

NASL Week 11: A Look Back

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By EVAN REAM

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.

NASL Week 10: A Look Back

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By EVAN REAM

Christian Ramirez scoreda 14th minute penalty kick to set a club record of 14 goals in a single season, but it was not enough to give Minnesota United FC the win at home.

Minnesota United were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with the Tampa Bay Rowdies thanksto a second half Georgi Hristov equalizer.

NASL Week 7: A Look Back

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By RYAN TOLMICH

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.

NASL Week 7: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

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.

NASL Week 6: A Look Back

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite asserting himself as NASL'stop goalscorer, few could have predicted what Christian Ramirez would do next.

Ramirez unleashed his best goal to date, a spectacular bicycle kick finish, as Minnesota United overran Indy Eleven by a 5-1 scoreline to claim the top spot onthe NASL Fall table.

NASL Week 6: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With 40 years of history between them, Saturday's clash between the New York Cosmos and Tampa Bay Rowdies puts forth one of the oldest rivalries in American soccer history.

The two original NASL sides collide Saturday when the Cosmos make the trip down toAl Lang Stadium in search of their second straight victory.

Philly and the New York Cosmopolitans

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In 1891, some 79 years before the founding of the NASL's New York Cosmos, an All-Philadelphia team played the New York Cosmopolitans in the first of a series of games for the Philadelphia-New York intercity championship.

NASL Week 9: A Look Ahead

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By J. MAC DALY

This could be a big week for Minnesota United FC. They can clinch an automatic bid in the newly formatted NASL playoffs with a win or draw this weekend in Tampa Bay against the Rowdies.

The New York Cosmos sit 3 points behind first place, but will have to hope for Minnesota to stumble in the final game.

NASL Week 6: A Look Back

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Entering Week Six, two teams had separated themselves as the NASL's top teams in a tie for first place. However, after Saturday's clash between Minnesota United FC and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, it is United that now find themselves as the league's leaders.

Indy Eleven

NASL Week 11: A Look Ahead

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By EVAN REAM

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.

Indy Eleven cooking up something special in the stands for their inaugural season

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One of two NASL expansion teams for the 2014 spring season, the Indianapolis Eleven have sold out every game they've played. An Indiana native myself, I had to go back home again to see it first-hand.

Six-thirty in the morning is a bit early to meet up for a road trip. But we wanted to beat Beltway traffic and get to Greenfield - a small town outside of Indianapolis - before 5 that afternoon.

A Historic Night for Indy Eleven

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Wednesday night was a historic one for Indy Eleven as the team beat Dayton Dutch Lions 5-2 in the third round of the 2014 U.S. Open Cup. Not only did they win their first game at home this season, but they also won their debut in the storied U.S. Open Cup. The Eleven's next challenge in their U.S Open Cup campaign is Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer, whom they lost to 4-1 in a scrimmage in late 2013.

San Antonio Scorpions

Scorpions unveil proposed 10,000-seat expansion of Toyota Field

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By CARL SETTERLUND

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.

NASL Week 8: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

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.

NASL Week 5: A Look Back

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By RYAN TOLMICH

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.

Major League Soccer

Sources: Rapids’ Mwanga trialing with Cosmos ahead of potential loan move

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Danny Mwanga's reduced role at the Colorado Rapids has him looking towards the east coast for playing time, but it's not an MLS team that he might soon be joining.

Mwanga is currently trialling with the New York Cosmos of the NASL, sources have told SBI.

The battle for Minnesota

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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.

Why Canadian Soccer Would Benefit From Domestic League If NASL and CFL Join Forces

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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.

U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals: A Look Back

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By DAN KARELL

For the first time in three years, FC Dallas are back in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals.

The MLS club ended the valiant run by the North American Soccer League's Carolina RailHawks with a 5-2 quarterfinal victory, in a game that was much closer than the final score indicated.

MLS-Bound Orlando City Promotes Use of Smoke Bombs Despite Skirmish in Tampa Bay

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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.

Potential pairings for U.S. Open Cup semifinal round revealed

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By DAN KARELL

The potential semifinal pairings for the 101st addition of the U.S. Open Cup have been released, and it includes the likelihood that a North American Soccer League club could host a semifinal game.

Out of the eight teams remaining in the tournament, only four clubs will host in the next round, including the Carolina RailHawks.

Rapids snap Whitecaps unbeaten streak, bounce back from Open Cup loss

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

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.

U.S. Open Cup Fifth Round Recap: Fights, upsets, and more

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By TATE STEINLAGE

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.

A colorfully-stormy Commerce City, Colo.

USOC Preview: The Union look to halt the Cosmos in the fifth round

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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.

US Open Cup: How bad does the Union want it?

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Can the Philadelphia Union change turn their season around and bring home the cup?

The Philadelphia Union face the New York Cosmos in the fifth round of the US Open Cup on June 24th at PPL Park.

The Cosmos play in the North American Soccer League (NASL), which is currently the second tier (D2) of US Soccer between MLS (D1) and USL PRO (D3).

U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round Recap: MLS bounces back from early upsets

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By TATE STEINLAGE

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.

Red card helps Sporting KC advance past Minnesota United FC in Open Cup

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By TATE STEINLAGE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — "For the longest time it seemed like it wasn't our day."

That's how Sporting Kansas City forward Soony Saad described the first 49 minutes of Wednesday night's 2-0 victory over Minnesota United FC in the fourth round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.

New York Red Bulls to Face New York Cosmos In 2014 US Open Cup

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"It will be exciting" was how New York Cosmos defender Carlos Mendes described their upcoming fourth round US Open cup tie against the New York Red Bulls.

June 14 is when New York looks inwards and watches the first-ever meeting between MLS side New York Red Bulls and NASL side the New York Cosmos.

Real Salt Lake

NYCFC’s Watson-Siriboe to join NASL’s RailHawks on loan

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Much like the five signings that preceded him, New York City FC's Kwame Watson-Siriboe is set to go on loan ahead of the club's first season.

The 28-year-old defender, who was acquired in a trade from Real Salt Lake on August 11, will join the Carolina RailHawks on loan for the remainder of the 2014 NASL season.

RSL, Red Bulls, Chivas fall to NASL teams in Open Cup fourth round

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

It was a bad day for Major League Soccer teams in the U.S. Open Cup on Saturday.

In one fell swoop, Real Salt Lake, New York Red Bulls and Chivas USA were all eliminated from the tournament in the fourth round by teams from the second-tier North American Soccer League.

USL Pro

NASL/USL Pro Ticker: Wynalda to step down; Cosmos sign El Salvador international; and more

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

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.

Six of eight NASL teams advance in Open Cup, setting up juicy fourth-round matches vs. MLS clubs

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By FRANCO PANIZO

NASL clubs made their entrances into the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, and the majority of them lived to fight another day.

Six of eight NASL representatives won their respective third-round matches, setting up some intriguing fourth-round showdowns with debuting MLS teams.

U.S. Open Cup Preview: Matchups with MLS clubs on the line as NASL joins tournament

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Eight NASL clubs join the hunt for the U.S. Open Cup as the third round continues Wednesday night.

The New York Cosmos, Carolina RailHawks, Atlanta Silverbacks, San Antonio Scorpions, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Indy Eleven and Minnesota United FC all enter in the third round, with fourth round matchups against MLS clubs on the line.

The Rest

du Nord Futbol Show Podcast Ep. 120

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Episode 120 of the du Nord Futbol Show podcast is right here, right now.

On this episode Bruce and Wes jabber on and on and on about that soccer thing you all love so much - MLS, NASL, Minnesota, FIFA Fuckery, and naturally Billy Idol.

What the Soccer Landscape Looks Like In Puerto Rico After the Islanders Era

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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.

Transfer windows opens as Fire search for reinforcements

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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.

Philly and the New York Cosmos

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Steve Holroyd looks at the history of the Philadelphia Atoms and Philadelphia Fury against the New York Cosmos in NASL play between 1973 and 1980.

Jacksonville Armada FC Names José Luis Villarreal Head Coach

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The future of the NASL looks bright if all expansion clubs can follow Jacksonville's lead. On Wednesday afternoon the club, which will begin play in the second division league, announced the hiring of Argentinian coach José Luis Villarreal. Villarreal boasts ... Continue reading →

Minnesota United Claims Spring NASL Title

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Minnesota United FC claimed the Spring Season North American Soccer League (NASL) title this weekend, the clubs second piece of silverware since the relaunch of the league in 2011. Ironically, United's 3-3 title clinching draw in St Petersburg, Florida against Tampa Bay came on the very same field where Minnesota's attempts to win the first two NASL titles of this eras came to an end in a dramatic penalty kick shootout in October 2012.

An Interview With Graham Charters, Assistant General Manager Of The Philadelphia Fury Of The New American Soccer League

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The American Soccer League starts up this August, and Philadelphia has a team with a familiar sounding name that hearkens back to the days of the old North American Soccer League.


By Rich Ransom

This August a new professional soccer league gets its start when the American Soccer League kicks off featuring a team in the Philadelphia area.