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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.

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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.

How The New York Cosmos Are Quietly Making MLS Nervous

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How The New York Cosmos Are Quietly Making MLS Nervous - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Maybe you heard the news this week, maybe you didn't. Legendary Spanish striker Raul has signed with the New York Cosmos.

This would have been big news in 1975. Now, it's intriguing, but nothing more yet.

Signing Ex-Real Madrid Legend Raul Would Be A Major Coup For New York Cosmos

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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.

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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.

San Antonio vs Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Match Highlights [VIDEO]; NASL Championship Final

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San Antonio Scorpions defeated the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2-1 on Saturday night to win the NASL Championship.

Playing on home turf, the Scorpions won the game with two clinically finished goals. The first, a bicycle kick by Rafael Castillo, was a beauty.

The Strikers pulled a goal back from Walter Ramirez in the 79th minute, but it wasn't enough to stop San Antonio from winning their first NASL title in their history.

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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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International Friendly Preview: USMNT vs. Ecuador

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Farewell, LD (mlssoccer.com)

It's Landon's last day, but Austin Fido wonders whether USMNT vs. Ecuador might be the start of something for a new name or two...

Stories need endings. This match, the second of USMNT's long march to Russia 2018, is cast as the end of Landon Donovan's record-setting tenure with the Stars and Stripes.

du Nord Futbol Show Podcast Ep. 129

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Episode 129 of the du Nord Futbol Show podcast is right here, right now.

On this episode Bruce and Wes talk MLS Wild Wk 29, Miguel Ibarra madness, NASL, CONCACAF, UEFA, death in Ghana and more.

NASL Week 13: A Look Back

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ByEVAN REAM

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.

NASL Week 12: A Look Back

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ByEVAN REAM

In a match-up of first and second place teams, Minnesota United proved that they're the cream of the crop in the NASL with a 2-0 away win over the San Antonio Scorpions at Toyota Field.

Minnesota United midfielder Miguel Ibarra scored both goals against the Scorpions to take playoff-bound Minnesota to the top of both the Fall and Combined Standings.

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Report: NASL Minnesota United’s Miguel Ibarra to be called to the U.S. Men’s National team

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Report: NASL Minnesota United's Miguel Ibarra to be called to the U.S. Men's National team - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Minnesota United midfielder Miguel Ibarra could be the first North American Soccer League player to suit up for the Stars and Stripes since 2005. Photo provided by MNUnited.

Report: Minnesota United’s Ibarra to receive USMNT call-up

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By RYAN TOLMICH

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.

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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.

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 FC Announces Miguel Gallardo as First Player

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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 →

Who Is Miguel Ibarra?

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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.