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Footy on the Telly – June 23-30

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This week, The Union Must Win (twice, don't they?), FIFA Confederations Cup, UEFA Euro U21, Copa Sudamericana, Segunda Playoffs, and a lot of soccer history.

U.S. Open Cup Round 3: A Look Ahead

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The third round of the U.S. Open Cup kicked off on Tuesdaynight with Saint Louis FC being the first team to qualify for the fourth round by beating the Michigan Bucks 2-1. An early brace bySebastian Dalgaard was enough to see them through for a fourth round matchup with the Chicago Fire.

Wednesday'saction will see three amateur teams seek a chance at the fourth round with two of them hosting their games.

USL reportedly adding Division 3 competition in 2019

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The USL's strangehold on the lower divisions of American soccer is about to get a bit stronger. The league that earned second-division status alongside the NASL this offseason is planning to announce a Division 3 competition for the 2019 season, perSports Illustrated.

Although it may seem like a lot of work for the USL to gain traction with new ownership groups in markets across North America for a Division 3 league, it appears the league is confident it can gain enough interest to set up a third-tier league in two years time.

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NASL Spotlight: Dylan Mares thriving with surging Miami FC

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Miami FC has seen incredible success this season. The team has advanced to the fifth round of the U.S Open Cup, and through 12 league matches, Miami FC sits seven points clear at the top of the NASL league table.

At the heart of Miami FC's success this season has been consistency. Through the first 12 games of the season Miami FC coach Alessandro Nesta has fielded very similar teams, only switching up his starting 11 to accommodate injuries and absences.

NASL Week 12 Rewind: Miami wins again, Indy finds their first victory, and more

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Week 12 held a lot of significance for many teams in the NASL, as thirteen goals were scored throughout four matches, causing shifts in second, third, and fourth place in the league table. The league also saw a shift in the league's leading goal scorer and assist tallies.

On Friday, the Cosmos completed a comeback home victory over Puerto Rico FC, catapulting the side to fourth in the league table.

NASL Week 12: A Look Ahead

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This was a busy week for NASL, as three NASL teams featured in U.S. Open Cup play last Wednesday.

Miami continued their superb run of form by beating MLS opponent Orlando City, 3-1, away from home. Miami's home and away form has been excellent unbeaten in eleven matches and the team morale seems to be increasingly confident and excited.

NASL Week 11 Rewind: Miami win again, Jacksonville back on track and more

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Week 11 saw fourteen goals scored over four weekend fixtures, as teams kept pace in the title race.

Miami FC registered asixth win in seven matches with a victory over FC Edmonton, the Jacksonville Armada completed a 4-1 rout over Indy Eleven, the San Francisco Deltas stayed undefeated on the road with a 3-1 win over Puerto Rico FC, and North Carolina FC fought against the New York Cosmos to a 2-2 draw.

NASL Week 10 Rewind: Miami keep rolling, Puerto Rico find a win, and more

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Week 10 felt decisive, as a number of NASL teams made a point with their results this weekend. While the table is still in contest right now, it may not be for much longer.

Miami continued to make their case for the best team in division two with a shutout victory over the Jacksonville Armada, Puerto Rico FC found their first win of the season in convincing fashion, Indy Eleven continued their bizarre streak of draws this year, and the New York Cosmos stole three points on the road.

Report: NASL files suit against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers' ownership

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The woes continue for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

According to Empire of Soccer, the NASL filed a crossclaim against Miami FC, LLC, the corporate entity of the Strikers' ownership group for any excess in the club's assets. The crossclaim is part of a lawsuit from Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards to recoup loan fees extended to the club.

NASL Week 7: A Look Ahead

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Another week, another full slate of NASL action as the teams atop the table look to create some sort of separation.

The Jacksonville Armada remain atop the NASL table as the head into a big-time clash with the New York Cosmos. Their lead is just one point, with the Cosmos, North Carolina FC and Miami FC lurking just behind.

NASL Rewind: Cosmos top Deltas, Miami FC cruises past Eddies and more

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Things were fairly eventful in the NASL this weekend as four matches were played and a total of six goals were scored.

The New York Cosmos and North Carolina FC both battled to 1-0 victories while Miami FC cruised to a 2-0 victory. Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Armada and Indy Eleven split points in a 1-1 draw.

NASL Week 6: A Look Ahead

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As the NASL's newest club and most successful club collide, it's the former that has proven one of the more successful to start the season.

Saturday's clash between the San Francisco Deltas and New York Cosmos serves as a headliner for Week 6 of NASL play. The league's top team, the Jacksonville Armada, is also in play as they look to extend their lead atop the table against last year's runners up, Indy Eleven.

NASL Weekend Rewind: Week 3

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The first full weekend of action in the 2017 NASL Spring Season produced a dose of revenge and a landmark win for one of the league's new members.

For the second weekend in a row, the New York Cosmos and Miami FC squared off, this time in south Florida, with yet another shutout delivered by the road team.

NASL Weekend Rewind: Miami silences Cosmos, Indy, Puerto Rico play to thrilling draw

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Week 2 in the NASL delivered 10 goals in three matches, with one contest in particular establishing itself as a contender for game of the season.

Asalivating clash between Miami FC and the New York Cosmos highlighted the weekend's action on paper. In the end, it wasn't even close as Miami brushed aside the Cosmos with a 3-0 victory.

Miami FC 2017 Macron Home, Away and Third Kits

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Managed by AC Milan legendAlessandro Nesta and co-owned by formerRossoneri and Italy teammate Paolo Maldini, Miami FC have launched their 2017 home, away and third kits from Macron. The two-year old team will return to North American Soccer League (NASL) action in April in a mainly aqua blue home jersey.

Major League Soccer

Footy On The Telly June 16 – 23

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This week it's the RETURN OF THE UNION! FIFA Confederations Cup, UEFA Euro U21, and Segunda Playoffs

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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While things have quieted down as we near the dog days of summer, they certainly haven't gone silent.

Leading off the weekend is the kicking off of the 2017 edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. The eight-team tournament gets underway on Saturday morning with a contest between Russia and New Zealand on Fox Sports 1.

U.S. Open Cup Round of 16: Miami FC hosts Atlanta United, FC Cincy hosts Chicago Fire, and more

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With the Round of 16 draw officially complete, the next stage of the U.S. Open Cup features some truly intriguing match-ups

The immediate takeaway is that both Miami FC and FC Cincinnati will host their round of 16 MLS opponents in the South region, with Miami taking on Atlanta United and Cincy battling the Chicago Fire.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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It's an international weekend in the soccer calendar. World Cup Qualifying takes center stage as UEFA and CONCACAF continue to pave their roads to Russia. Meanwhile, only three games are scheduled in MLS next to a full slate of NASL and USL matches.

Footy On The Telly June 9 – 16

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This week it's World Cup Qualifying, the US v El Tri, the U20 World Cup Finals, a dash of MLS, some Friendlies, African Cup of Nations, and the Spanish Segunda with the most televised club fixtures.

Footy On The Telly June 2-9

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Ah June! That wonderful time of year when a Footy-Hungry world turns its eyes to World Cup Qualifying, some intriguing Friendlies, and the MLS - where there are more first-division footy fixtures televised than anywhere else in the world. Oh yeah, and that little club tournament where that Spanish team plays that Italian team.

NASL: San Francisco Deltas Goalkeeper Romuald Peiser Proposes To Girlfriend On Pitch Before Kick-Off (Video)

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San Francisco Deltas goalkeeper Romuald Peiser took an unnecessary risk of a very different kind when he proposed to his girlfriend on the pitch before Sunday's NASL fixture against New York Cosmos.

The 37-year-old Frenchman escorted his partner, Taylor, to the centre-circle and proceeded to get down on one knee.

USL to create Division 3 all over again

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Having spent two years working hard to win promotion from division three status, less than three months after succeeding has the league announced its new D3 entity in a complex gambit to absorb the remnants of NASL?

Major Link Soccer - The Allure of Failure

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Also, NASL season preparation, the future of soccer in China, and the resurgence of Kezar

MLS

So how did Chicago convince Schweinsteiger to sign? They apparently flaunted just how terrible they have been.

Unfortunately for the windy city, it seems highly unlikely that the German will be the solution to all of their problems.

Stressing history for MLS in St Louis

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 13, 2017) US Soccer Players – MLS is growing each year. The league's 22nd season opened this month with 22 teams, more than the top flights of England, Germany, Spain, and Italy. Next year, Major League Soccer will add another franchise in Los Angeles when LAFC takes to the field.

Review of 2017 MLS opening weekend TV coverage

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The opening weekend of MLS featured two new clubs and a new stadium.

The action opened Friday night as Portland hosted new entrant Minnesota United FC, a team that has spent the last six seasons in the second-division NASL. FOX Sports was broadcasting the match and did a wonderful job of capturing the atmosphere in Portland, which is arguably the best in North America.

United Soccer League

2017 US Open Cup Third Round results

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The Third Round of the 2017 US Open Cup concluded on Wednesday. Amateur team Christos FC advanced and will play DC United in the next round. LA Wolves, coached by former USMNT player Eric Wynalda, lost to Orange County FC. Nine USL teams made it through along with three from the NASL. All play MLS teams in the Fourth Round.

Memorial Day musings

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Some observations about the Bethlehem Steel and the USL, from serious issues of future stability to a whimsically fleeting table analysis.

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NASL Week 9: A Look Ahead

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It's been a busy week in the NASL as a clubparted ways with their coach, a new club announced their president and yet another club traveled over 6,000 miles to play in a friendly in Saudi Arabia.

Puerto Rico FC announced last Friday that it parted ways with coach Adrian Whitbread as well as their Technical Director Neil Sillett.

NASL Look Ahead: Week 1

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The NASL can finally exhale after a tumultuous offseason with the first setof matches finally arriving over the weekend.

There were points during the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017 where the future of the NASL was very much up in the air. With several teams departing, several more on the brink of collapse, and only one set to join, this NASL season was far from a sure thing.

2017/18 Kits & Jerseys

San Francisco Deltas 2017 Inaria Home and Away Jerseys

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TheSan Francisco Deltas are are newly-formed professional soccer team campaigning in the North American Soccer League (NASL). Featuring a host of players with MLS experience, the Deltas join the New York Cosmos and FC Edmonton as NASL clubs outfitted by Canada's Inaria Soccer. The San Francisco Deltas 2017 home and away kits feature modern round [.

North Carolina FC 2017 adidas Home and Away Kits

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Rebranded from their previous named of the Carolina Railhawks, North Carolina FC opened their 2017 North American Soccer League season with a 1-1 draw againstAlessandro Nesta's Miami FC last weekend. Back with adidas as technical sponsor for another year,North Carolina FC 's new look includes a dark blue home kit and an all white away [.

New York Cosmos 2017 Inaria Home and Away Kits

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North American Soccer League champions for the last two years, the New York Cosmos have signed a kit deal with Inaria after one season with Under Armour. The Brooklyn soccer club that boasts former Italy and Juventus striker Amauri on their roster unveiled their 2017 home and away kits as part of the technical sponsorship [.

The Rest

Some Soccer News for Jun 6, 2017

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It's Day 157 of 2017.


My new article for 1500ESPN: Former NASL players having big impact on MNUFC MLS roster.

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Twin Cities viewing parties for the 2 USMNT World Cup qualifiers, Thurs & Sun, is at Town Hall Brewery in Seven Corners, Minneapolis.

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John Brooks trained with the USA today.

Footy On The Telly May 12-19

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This week, watch the Union, Pulisic, Barnetta, Carli, Noguera, FIFA Confederations Cup, African CAF Confederations Cup and Champions League, Copa Libertadores, NASL, NWSL and even Danny Cruz!

Philadelphia Spartans helped usher in a new era of pro soccer 50 years ago

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Spartans were one of the 10 founding teams of the short-lived National Professional Soccer League

Fifty years ago, some 14,163 people witnessed pro soccer history in Philadelphia when the Philadelphia Spartans took on the Toronto Falcons at Temple Stadium.

The game was one of four played on April 16, 1967 in the first and only season of the National Professional Soccer League, which would merge with the United Soccer Association in 1969 to form the first incarnation of the North American Soccer League.

NASL Week 5: A Look Ahead

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Saturday features the second full slate of matches across the NASL. Three of the top four teams in the Spring Season table take to the road to defend their respective strong starts.

Three of the four home teams this weekend have a strong chance of closing in on the top of the table with victories, while the other clash is a bottom of the table showdown.

NFL Instability Could Boost MLS, NASL

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The NFL's reputation has taken a hit as some name-brand teams jump locations to try and find greener grass. After three recent franchise venue changes by the Rams, Chargers and Raiders, an argument can be made that the NFL is in a organizational slump. The 49ers didn't change their name, but their venue change two seasons ago to an hour and half south of San Francisco was just as dramatic as the other three teams.

NASL announces broadcast deals with beIN Sports, ESPN 3

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Just several months ago, the NASL was all but dead. On Wednesday, the league announced a return to national television.

The NASL announced on Wednesday that the league will continue to broadcast matches on beIN Sports. Matches will be broadcast on beIN Sports and beIN Sports en Espanol throughout the 2017, following up on a broadcast deal that began with the 2016 campaign.

How New England Teams Have Fared in Minnesota

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On Sunday, Minnesota United FC will host their first MLS home match against fellow expansion side Atlanta United FC before a national audience. While the Revolution won't play in the Gopher State until next season, let's take a look at how some of New England's pro sides have fared in Minnesota.