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Paid Their Dues: Danny Cruz signs with SF Deltas

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The ex-Philadelphia Union forward heads to the Bay Area

Former Philadelphia Union winger Danny Cruz has signed with the NASL expansion side San Francisco Deltas. Cruz came to the Union in 2012 when he was traded from D.C. United for Lionard Pajoy, and remained with the team through the 2015 season.

USL and NASL both D2 for now, Union bits, more news

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USL and NASL to share Division 2 status in 2017. Union bits. League news. More.

Union news, Academy Winter Showcase results, league news, more

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Union bits. Big wins -- and losses -- for Union Academy at USSDA Winter Showcase. MLS roster moves. Latest on fate of NASL. Blatter ban upheld. More.

Michael Lahoud wins NASL Humanitarian Award

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Former Philadelphia Union midfielder Michael Lahoud wins the NASL Humanitarian Award

Michael Lahoud came to the Philadelphia Union in 2012 in part of the Danny Califf trade with Chivas USA, and would stay with the team until 2016 when he was loaned to the New York Cosmos in NASL. The loan was cut short and he was rumored to be coming back to the first team, only to find that he was being transferred to another NASL side, Miami FC.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Steve Holroyd

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Greg and Mike discuss the NYRB loss and then are joined by Steve Holroyd, who discusses some of the challenges facing the NASL and other business of soccer matters.

Major League Soccer

Garber: NASL's Canadian domestic rule a 'violation of U.S. law'

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Just a short while after talking up Canadian Designated Players as a focus for MLS, commissioner Don Garber had some choice comments about the new NASL rule regarding Canadians as domestics on U.S. rosters.

Earlier this week, the NASL announced that all Canadian players would be counted as domestics on all teams in the league, including those based in the U.

Major Link Soccer: Investment Group behind San Diego NASL Expansion Emerges

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Former teammates Demba Ba and Eden Hazard have emerged as part of a group bringing futbol back to San Diego.

MLS:

With the SuperDraft complete, the drafting portion of the offseason transitions into the draft-grading portion. In Will Parchman's grades, the Sounders 2017 class was given a decent B-.

What might stand in the way of Division 2 sanctioning for the USL?

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If the USL fails in its bid for Division 2 sanctioning, it is the stadium capacity of a significant number of MLS-owned teams that may have been the issue.

MLS Expansion, USL-NASL, and Curt Onalfo: Freedom Kicks for 7 December 2016

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U.S. Soccer has released the below statement regarding professional league sanctioning.

Railhawks rebrand as North Carolina FC while announcing MLS, NWSL aspirations

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Photo via North Carolina FC.

The Carolina Railhawks have officially rebranded, but they havebigger goals in mind for the future.

The Railhawks announced a complete rebrand on Tuesday and will now be referred to as North Carolina Football Club, or NCFC for short. They also unveiled a new crest andprimary team colors.

What About Promotion 'Without' Relegation for MLS? Part II

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Is this the perfect time for USSF to reorganize 'Division 2' and include a Promotion only tool?

There are new developments and transitions taking place in the minor leagues of pro soccer in the U.S. The NASL is in tumult and its complete demise may not be far away. Its rival, USL, appears ready to take over the mantle of 'Division 2', the highest level of pro soccer below MLS.

Report finds that U.S. is not 'immediately ready' for promotion/relegation

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Ahead of its release on Monday, Deloitte's Sports Business Group's analysis on promotion and relegation in the U.S. was hyped by supporters of the philosophy as groundbreaking. In reality, the release inspired much more mixed feelings.

While confirming the theory that promotion and relegation is economically viable in the U.

The Front Row: The dark ages

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Steve discusses the era between the NASL and MLS, and the grassroots movement that grew in the D1 void.

New York Cosmos

NASL releases 2017 schedule

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After all sorts of turmoil and rumors of collapse during the offseason, the eight-team NASL released its 2017 schedule on Monday.

The split-season schedule will begin on March 25, with the New York Cosmos set to visit Puerto Rico FC and North Carolina FC hosting Miami FC at WakeMed Soccer Park.

NASL set to begin season on March 25

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After an offseason full of turmoil, the NASL is ready to focus on the on-field action that will take place during the 2017 season. The league announced the format for the new campaign on Friday, with the season kicking off on March 25.

Both the Spring and Fall seasons will consists of 16 matches for each of the eight NASL sides, with eight of them at home and eight on the road.

Report: Cosmos cease operations as owners negotiate sale

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The New York Cosmos recent struggles took another, potentially fatal, turn this weekend.

The Cosmos have reportedly ceased operations and released their players and staff, according to Big Apple Soccer. The team could be saved, however, as the Cosmos ownership have entered negotiations with a New York group for the purchase of the team, along with several million dollars in debt.

Report: Cosmos cutting spending on players, front office as financial issues mount

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The NASL's future has long been in doubt, and it appears that the league's top club is having financial issues.

According to a report from Empire of Soccer, the New York Cosmos are set to make cuts both on the field and in the front office following yet another season of dwindling attendance.

Cosmos top Indy Eleven in penalty kicks to earn second-straight NASL crown

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Belson Stadium might not have felt like home for the New York Cosmos at the beginning of Sunday night's match, but by the end of the 2016 NASL ChampionshipFinal the Cosmos had brought the winning feeling to their temporary home.

The Cosmos outlasted the Indy Eleven in a penalty shootout on Sunday night to claima second-straightNASL Championship.

NASL: New York Cosmos Midfielder Danny Szetela Proposes To Girlfriend With An Assist From The Crowd (Photos)

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While he may have only played a bit part in New York Cosmos' 4-0 trouncing of FC Miami over the weekend, midfielder Danny Szetela still emerged from the game with the most impressive stat of all: a 100% proposal conversion rate.

Indeed, immediately after the final whistle, Szetela took his girlfriend out onto the pitch and, with an assist from his cronies in the terraces, got down on one knee and popped the question.

NASL Weekend Rewind: Cosmos clinch Fall Season as playoff race tightens

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Whilethe New York Cosmos were able to rack up another regular season trophy this weekend, the race for the fourth and final playoff spot raged on.

Both Minnesota United and Rayo OKC came back from 1-0 down to win, 3-1, and stay even on points for the fourth playoff spot.

Meanwhile both Miami FC and the Tampa Bay Rowdies failed to make up any ground while, surprisingly, the Ft.

Oguchi Onyewu trains as guest of New York Cosmos

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Oguchi Onyewu remains without a club, but it remains unlikely that the former U.S. Men's National Team defender will be signing with the New York Cosmos following a recent training stint.

The 34-year-old defender recently trained with the Cosmos. However, a club spokesman told SBIthat Onyewu is being viewed as "just a guest", while adding that it is unlikely the team makes any more signings this season.

NASL Look Ahead: Miami takes on Rowdies, Cosmos face Strikers and more

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With most clubs only having six matches left in the Fall Season, the push for the playoffs is truly gainingits steam this weekend in the NASL.

Almost every single match this weekend has some type of playoff hunt ramification, as five clubs are currently separated by only four points from fourth place in the Combined Standings andthat glorious last spot in the postseason.

NASL Midweek Rewind: Cosmos topple RailHawks, Miami gets crucial win and more

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Photo by Rob Kinnan/Carolina RailHawks

As the NASL playoff race began to heat up, so have some of the matches. In a midweek treat of four Wednesday night matches, Miami FC and the New York Cosmos got crucial victories, as the former remains the league leaders in both the Fall and Combined standings.

Minnesota United

Some Soccer News for Jan 24, 2017

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It's Day 24 of 2017.


Great news: Clint Dempsey medically cleared to begin preseason training with Seattle Sounders!!

dN

Three signings for Minnesota United today:
  • Starting with 25 year old Finnish defensive midfielder Rasmus Schuller from Hacken in Sweden.

NASL Weekend Rewind: Rayo claims final playoff spot, Minnesota United falls and more

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The final weekend of NASL regular seasonsaw one of the league's expansion side claim the final playoff spot, while one of the league's perennial contenders said farewell with a loss.

Minnesota United departedthe NASL and the playoff picture with their loss at home to the New York Cosmos, while Rayo OKC will play in the postseason in their inaugural season thanks to a win over Indy Eleven.

FC Edmonton

NASL Playoff Preview: Cosmos face Rayo OKC, Indy hosts Eddies

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November has arrived, and with the cold weather and holiday outfits comes NASL's postseason.

While it took to the final weekend the cement the matchups for The Championship's head to head matchups, the semifinals look to be very intriguing. Home dominance takes on stingy defense in both Indianapolis and Long Island, where the home teams have beenunbeatable in 2016.

NASL Look Ahead: Last playoff spot up still for grabs

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The final weekend of the NASL regular season has finally arrived, and there is still one playoff spot up for grabs.

Rayo OKC and Minnesota United will vie for the fourth and final postseason berth, with Rayo firmly in the driver's seat up three points on the Loons in the Combined Standings.

Tampa Bay Rowdies

Some Soccer News for Oct 25, 2016

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It's Day 299 of 2016.


In the immortal words of Bob Dylan: "I don't believe you."

dN

Two giant blasts in the world of lower division soccer in North America today:

Tampa Bay Rowdies leave NASL and go to USL:
A new journey begins.

Must-See Goal: Joe Cole

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NASL Midweek Rewind: Indy Eleven retake second place, Armada top Miami FC

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The Indy Eleven had been winless on the road in the fall season,but no longer.

The Eleven finally seized their first road victory of what's been a long fall season on Wednesday night, as they dispatched the Tampa Bay Rowdies, 3-2, at Al Lang Stadium and took back second place in the Fall and Combined standings.

NASL Weekend Preview: Contenders Square-Up For Playoff Spot

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As the Fall Season in the NASL begins to wind down, the scenariosand battles for playoff positions continue to grow.

There are six clubs fighting for the fourth spot in the Combined Standings, the last ticket into the postseason, who areonly separated by a margin of five points. One slip could break playoff hopes, whilea crucial kick could bring postseason glory.

The Rest

Sounders’ new kit is ode to history

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And you will all get stars

It is fitting that Brian Schmetzer is head coach when the Seattle Sounders reveal their first-ever throwback kit. The new secondary uniform, officially known as the Heritage Jersey, is based on the kit he wore during the NASL era. The design, white with classic ‘80s teal blue trim and just a hint of green, is a departure from the Rave Green, Sounders Blue and Cascade Shale of past primary and secondary kits during the MLS era.

US Soccer grants division 2 status to both USL and NASL

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US Soccer kicks the can down the road yet again

After months of uncertainity, the second and third divisions of the US soccer pyramid have yet more uncertainty. For the first time since 2010, the USL is again the second division of American soccer. After a forced joint season in 2010, the NASL has been the second division and the USL has been the third division.

Re-Entry Draft today, no Waiver Draft selections, MLS Expansion details, more

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Another day, another draft. Tiago Lopes returns as City Islanders president. Garber outlines MLS expansion details. NASL saga continues. More.

Some Soccer News for Dec 2, 2016

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It's Day 337 of 2016.


NEXT WEEK
MLS Cup Final:
-Sat Dec 10
Toronto FC v Seattle Sounders FC - 7:00pm CT on FOX
  • Sadly I will not be there this year. I'm bummed. I love going to this game.

dN

DC United has signed centerback Steve Birnbaum to a new contract.

NASL Championship Preview: Cosmos look to repeat against Indy Eleven

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One vs. two. The best of the best in the NASL will be on display on Sunday in the league's finale.

Both sides will enter the final match of 2016 already having won silverware this season; Indy Eleven won the Spring Season while the Cosmos won the Fall Season. New York will attempt to be the first club to win back to back Soccer Bowls in the NASL modern era while also collecting their third championship in four years.

Some Soccer News for Oct 31, 2016

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It's Day 305 of 2016.


The NASL era in Minnesota soccer is over. The team finished in 5th place and did not qualify for the playoffs for the first time in many seasons.

dN

After the game there was a lot of emotion flowing. Former player Brian Kallman shot this video and caught me looking like I was fighting back tears:
My favorite part of the night last night @MNDarkClouds the look on @dunord s face says it all!

The USL picks up Tampa Bay and Ottawa at the NASL’s expense

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The NASL loses two teams to the USL in another shakeup in the lower divisions of North American professional soccer.

Major Link Soccer: NASL isn't shocked by a club exodus

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NASL Commissioner isn't exactly surprised that there's an exodus of clubs, shouldn't that scare them?

American Soccer

If you thought the new CONCACAF format would eliminate US-Mexico matches, think again. President Montagliani would like that to never end.

Lauren Holiday was an incredible player especially at the World Cup for USWNT, since soccer the new mom underwent brain surgery and was successful there too.

Jacksonville Armada appoint Mark Lowry as new manager

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What does a run of good form earn you as an interim manager? The removal of the 'interim' tag.

The Jacksonville Armada announced on Tuesdaythat Mark Lowry would become the team's full time manager after his strong nine-match performance since becoming interim manager on August 7th.The promotion continues a rapid ascendancy for Lowry, as he was appointed an assistant coach at the club in just September of last year before taking over after the firing of manager Tony Meola in August.