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Indy Eleven

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.

WATCH Our Exclusive Interview With Peter Wilt, Indy Eleven’s GM [VIDEO]

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We got to sit down with a very busy Peter Wilt, President and General Manager of Indy Eleven, the newest NASL club in the United States. He talks everything from buying players to the growth of soccer in America.

We kept the background noise in to give you a better sense of the intimate workspace that Indy Eleven functions out of.

Atlanta Silverbacks

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.

NASL Week 2: A Look Back

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By JOE PANTORNO

Minnesota United and the New York Cosmos remain perfect through two games this season as the North American Soccer League spring season's schedule slowly begins to take shape.

The defending Soccer Bowl champion Cosmos managed to escape Canada with three points, defeating FC Edmonton 1-0 thanks to a 37th minute strike from Sebastian Guenzatti.

NASL Week One: A Look Back

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By IVES GALARCEP

The New York Cosmos picked up right where they left off after winning last year's NASL Soccer Bowl, opening the 2014 season with a resounding victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks on Sunday.

Captain and defender Carlos Mendes led the charge for the Cosmos, scoring the first two goals of his professional career in New York's 4-0 mauling of the Silverbacks.

Major League Soccer

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.

MLS Going Against Its Own Principles In Rush to Launch NYCFC

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At Monday's press conference,New York City FC (NYCFC), who will begin playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2015, announced they will be housed at Yankee Stadium for three years. This comes less than a year after what seemed like a rushed announcement giving Manchester City FC and the New York Yankees the franchise rights for the second New York team in MLS.

New York Cosmos

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.

Savarese addresses Raul-to-Cosmos rumors

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Contrary to recent reports, Raul is not on his way to the New York Cosmos.

Not yet anyway.

Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese held a conference call on Tuesday afternoon and was asked about the recent Spanish reports that said that Raul was close to joining the NASL club.

NASL Week 4: A Look Back

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By DAN KARELL

After a nearly unstoppable run last fall, the New York Cosmos are experiencing their first losing streak.

For the second season in a row, the Cosmos fell on the road to the Carolina RailHawks, this time by a 1-0 scoreline. Ty Shipalane scored the RailHawks only goal but the credit has to go to Cesar Elizondo, who made a storming 70-yard run, evading Cosmos defenders in his path, before setting up Shipalane in the 12th minute.

The SBI 2014 NASL Season Preview

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2014 NASL season kicks off on Saturday, and the growing league has plenty to be exited about heading into a new year.

The arrivals of expansion teams Indy Eleven and FC Ottawa will increase the league's size to 10 teams, and Indy has already done an excellent job of creating buzz in a soccer hotbed.

U.S. Open Cup

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.

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.

U.S. Soccer releases potential U.S. Open Cup third-round pairings

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By DAN KARELL

U.S. Soccer conducted the third round draw of the U.S. Open Cup in Chicago on Thursday, and released the possible pairings on Friday morning.

With the second round yet to commence, the third round will see the 24 winners of the second round take on each other or one of the eight North American Soccer League teams that enter at this stage.

Montreal Impact

Match Day 9: The Hectic Schedule Commences

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After a quiet April, Sporting really get busy now in the month of May before the World Cup in June. Tomorrow's game in Montreal is the start of a six game stretch in 21 days. Basically the team will play two games a week for the rest of the month. They'll have to do most of that stretch without Matt Besler and Graham Zusi who will both leave after Wednesday's game against Philadelphia to join the US national team.

TFC lead Whitecaps, Impact trail Edmonton after Canadian Championship semi first legs

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Toronto FC's new-look team got off to a winning start in their pursuit of earning a CONCACAF Champions League berth, and it did so thanks in part to two of its Designated Players.

Jermain Defoe scored the opener and Michael Bradley netted the eventual winner as Toronto FC picked up a narrow 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps in the first leg of their Canadian Championship semifinals series on Wednesday night.

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.

Frustration With Traffic Sports Growing Among Fort Lauderdale Strikers Fans

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As we've seen by developments this week, Traffic Sports USA has been responsible for organizing many international soccer events and has owned the Fort Lauderdale Strikers since they joined North American Soccer League as an expansion team since 2010 but, in my opinion, Traffic does a poor job at running a local community-based professional soccer franchise.

NASL Week 3: A Look Ahead

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By JOE PANTORNO

Even after only playing each other two times, the New York Cosmos and San Antonio Scorpions have developed quite a nice rivalry.

Last season, the Cosmos beat the Scorpions twice, the second of which clinched the Cosmos a berth in the NASL Soccer Bowl.

NASL Attendance Recap: April 21, 2014

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The North American Soccer League has enjoyed an overall successful first two weeks to its 2014 season. Aside from some difficulties with the launch of the league's video streaming service, NASL Live, and the integration of that streaming on mobile ... Continue reading →