As Major League Soccer continues to look towards the southeast United States for expansion, USL Pro is looking west for theirs.
According to a report in the Colorado Springs Gazette, USL Pro will be expanding to Colorado Springs for the 2015 season. A news conference is scheduled for Thursday afternoon and USL Pro president Tim Holt, Colorado Springs mayorSteve Bach, and franchise ownerMartin Ragain are all expected to attend.
On Saturday, Atlanta will be the locale for the NASL Soccer Bowl, the title game of North America's second division. The Atlanta Silverbacks will play host to the New York Cosmos at Atlanta Silverbacks Park. The Silverbacks have developed a strong side thanks largely to US Soccer legend Eric Wynalda, the club's technical director.
For many years Florida was a barren wasteland for professional soccer. From 2002 to 2005, the state did not boast one professional franchise and a limited number of amateur PDL teams. Suddenly after only boasting a single professional team as late as 2009 (Miami FC) and three semi-pro/4thdivision clubs, the state now has five professional clubs and eleven semi-pro/4thdivision clubs.
England's 4-1 thrashing of a good, albeit injury depleted, Montenegro side should be further evidence that the self-loathing elements of the British press just do not see what Roy Hodgson is building and why he has England playing the way he does.
Honestly, I don't see a lot of cracks in this England side.
Some four months after being awarded a USL Pro franchise, Oklahoma City's owners, Prodigal LLC, announced theclub's name, colors, and venue for the 2014 season at a press conference on Thursday afternoon. The teamwill be known as "OKC Energy FC" with ties to Oklahoma City's connections with industry.
On Saturday night, the New York Cosmoswon the NASL Soccer Bowl for a sixthtime. According to my league and team sources, the Cosmos marketing prowess has CONCACAF considering finding a way to get the NASL, a second division team, into the continental CONCACAF Champions League.
10.11.2013 - Tras una larga e infructuosa novela de negociación para llegar a la Major League Soccer (MLS), el New York Cosmos reapareció este 2103 en la North American Soccer League (NASL), la segunda categoría del fútbol estadounidense, la primera en tiempos del histórico equipo de Pelé, Chinaglia y Beckenbauer, para coronarse campeón invicto.
ATLANTA, Ga. — For the first time in more than thirty years, the North American Soccer League championship is going back to New York.
Marcos Senna's second-half wonder strike lifted the New York Cosmos to a 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks for their sixth Soccer Bowl Championship in team history on Saturday night, in front of 7,211 fans at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.
On Saturday in Atlanta, the second division North American Soccer League will crown a champion for the 2013 season. The Atlanta Silverbacks will play host to the New York Cosmos who, despite not playing a full season, are eligible for the championship. The winner will be crowned champion but will not win promotion to Major League Soccer, the top flight league in the United States and Canada.
Marcos Senna spent 11 illustrious seasons with Villarreal before joining the New York Cosmos this past summer. Now, he will have a chance to make a brief return in front of many of the same fans that cheered him on for so long.
The Cosmos announced on Wednesday that Senna and the Cosmos will travel to El Madrigal Stadium to take on Villarreal on Nov.
Even with a different starting eleven, the New York Cosmos continue to win.
In a prelude to next week's North American Soccer League Soccer Bowl match in Atlanta, a weakened Cosmos side defeated the Silverbacks, 1-0, at Atlanta Silverbacks Park. Cosmos forward Henry Lopez scored his second goal of the season as his team finished the 2013 NASL Fall Season with an 11-game unbeaten run.
With the North American Soccer League Fall season coming to a close on Saturday, the Atlanta Silverbacks and New York Cosmos will test run the Soccer Bowl when both sides collide at Atlanta Silverbacks Park (7:30 p.m. WATCH HERE).
The Cosmos clinched the fall season and punched their ticket for the Soccer Bowl last week when they came back from an early 1-0 deficit, defeating the San Antonio Scorpions 2-1 at Toyota Field.
Second half goals from Marcos Senna and Stefan Dimitrov were all the New York Cosmos needed to punch their Soccer Bowl ticket, defeating the San Antonio Scorpions, 2-1, at Toyota Field in front of an announced crowd of 7,702 fans.
"I'm just very proud of the guys and excited for them," Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese told reporters after the match.
After failing to clinch the NASL Fall Season title last week, the New York Cosmos will have another chance to put the season to bed when they visit Toyota Field to battle the San Antonio Scorpios on Saturday (8:30 p.m. WATCH HERE).
"We want to spoil their party," Scorpions interim coach Alen Marcina told NASL.
It was just another New York Cosmos practice featuring a scrimmage until midway through the second half of play.
American-born English raised forward Jamal Johnson, who suffered a serious knee injury on the Cosmos' preseason tour of London last July, came on the field for the final 10-15 minutes of the scrimmage to the applause of his teammates as he looks to return to full fitness ahead of schedule.
All is well that ends well goes the saying. But it almost didn't end well as Major League Soccer's obsession with getting a second New York club almost cost the league the opportunity to elevate the most successful current lower division club to MLS.
In early May, when Major League Soccer was obsessed with placing a team in New York to counter the growing momentum of the New York Cosmos, an opportunity presented itself to get Orlando City's project partially funded at the state level.
New York area soccer fans haven't had much to cheer about recently. But all that could change this weekend as both of the area's active professional soccer teams could claim silverware. The New York Red Bulls, long a laughing stock of Major League Soccer, are one win away from claiming the Supporters Shield (MLS Regular Season title), while the revived New York Cosmos are a single point away from claiming the NASL Fall Season title and a berth in the Soccer Bowl that determines the NASL Champion for the 2013 season.
With his team on the verge of clinching a place in the NASL Soccer Bowl, the New York Cosmos made Giovanni Savarese an offer he couldn't refuse to remain with the club for the long-term.
The Cosmos announced on Tuesday morning in a press release that Savarese has signed a "multi-year" extension to remain with the club after leading his side to first place in the standings through 12 weeks in the NASL Fall Season and an undefeated campaign at home.
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. Heading into the 90th minute with a one-goal lead, the New York Cosmos were well on their way to winning their sixth consecutive game and clinching a place in the NASL Soccer Bowl.
Instead, for one of the rare times this season, the Cosmos had a lapse of concentration as they allowed FC Edmonton defender David Proctor to head home from close range in the final minute of regulation, canceling out Alessandro Noselli's goal 12 minutes earlier.
The New York Cosmos enter Sunday's encounter with FC Edmonton in arguably the best form of any team in North America.
Winners of their last five and unbeaten in eight games, the Cosmos are 90 minutes away from clinching a place in the Soccer Bowl next month, assuming they can defeat the Eddies at James Shuart Stadium.
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. From the early minutes of the match, it was clear to see that the New York Cosmos were a different team than the one that fell 3-0 to the Carolina RailHawks in August.
Facing the only team to have defeated them this season, the Cosmos put in a complete performance on Saturday night, scoring three times in the second half en route to a 4-0 thrashing of the RailHawks in front of 5,409 fans at James Shuart Stadium.
Tonight, the NASL will conclude its season with Soccer Bowl 2013, a game in Atlanta that will pit the league's spring champions, the Silverbacks against the circuit's fall champions, the New York Cosmos.
Atlanta is of course coached by former Dallas Burn player and FC Dallas assistant coach Brian Haynes and the Silverbacks, who head into Saturday's game having lost three straight, are a side that also feature former FCD Homegrown striker Ruben Luna.
After sifting through over 200 candidates, the San Antonio Scorpions decided to give Alen Marcina the head coaching job on a full time basis.
Marcina took over for San Antonio on an interim basis following the sacking of Tim Hankinson on August 27, and went 3-5-1 in the final eight games as the Scorpions finished the Fall season in last place.
Yesterday we offered a guest post from Jamie Clary about his travels to 17 straight MLS Cup Finals. We posted the story on Twitter and received some interesting responses from folks believing that Jamie and his friend should be celebrated for their commitment to the league its championship. Their story also led to some Twitter exchanges asking for other fans who have managed the same feat to identify themselves.
For the last fifty years, Mexicans and Americans have lied to ourselves. At least about soccer. That is to say, we've constructed elaborate narratives to explain, gloss over, and/or glorify the sport at home. In the US, the story is simple: between the fall of the NASL and the rise of MLS, soccer ceased to exist.
The fall season ended this past weekend so we can finally look at the numbers for all of the 2013 NASL season. Just so y'all know, these figures are based on the attendances that the home team announces for each ... Continue reading →
Unless you live in the Denver area, or are a diehard Colorado Rapids fan, last night's 2-0 win for Seattle in the Western Conference knockout round gave us the match-up we really wanted to see: Portland v Seattle in the Western Conference semifinals. Seattle got Seattle got goals from Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson to beat the Rapids.
I grew up in central Indiana, and despite the fact that we had an amazing soccer team in high school, there were maybe fifteen students at the state quarter finals, which we lost. So imagine my shock when I found out that Indianapolis was joining the North American Soccer League with their own team, IndyEleven.
Episode 68 of the du Nord Futbol Show podcast is right here, right now.
On this episode Bruce and Wes review another USA game in Kansas City, talk MLS pre-playoff intensity, NASL season wind-down, Minnesota United failure, Dark Clouds Party Time, World Cup qualifying and so much more.