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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.

The battle for Minnesota

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One thing is perfectly clear in the MLS expansion race we have some serious fights on our hands.

The biggest fight of them all may be in Minnesota with two groups vying for the attention of Major League Soccer. Both groups will go center stage this weekend as TCF Bank Stadium will be hosting a big double-header to show off what the Twin Cities are all about.

San Antonio Scorpions

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.

Scorpions unveil proposed 10,000-seat expansion of Toyota Field

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Soccer for a Cause, the same group that helped bring about the NASL's San Antonia Scorpions, today released a proposal to expand the Scorpions' home venue, Toyota Field, by roughly 10,000 seats as part of the city's ongoing push to gain an MLS franchise.

NASL Week 8: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Just one week after reclaiming the league's top spot, the San Antonio Scorpions will look to build their lead over Minnesota United FC in what has been a season-long wrestling match between the two clubs.

The Scorpions, who sit two points ahead of Minnesota United, will attemptto pick up some much-needed points when they take on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Friday evening.

NASL Week 5: A Look Back

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite going down to 10 men, the San Antonio Scorpions did more than enough to extend their lead atop the NASL table.

The Scorpions pushed through the sending off of centerback Julius James to hold on to a 2-0 victory over the visiting Indy Eleventhrough first half goals fromTomasz Zahorski and the aforementioned James.

New York Cosmos

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.

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.

NASL Week 11: A Look Back

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By EVAN REAM

The rematch of the 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl did not disappoint as former MLS midfielder Danny Szetela grabbed a late goal to give the New York Cosmos all three points in a wild 3-2 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks in front of an announced crowd of 4,502 fans at Hofstra Stadium in New York.

NASL Week 10: A Look Back

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By EVAN REAM

Christian Ramirez scoreda 14th minute penalty kick to set a club record of 14 goals in a single season, but it was not enough to give Minnesota United FC the win at home.

Minnesota United were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with the Tampa Bay Rowdies thanksto a second half Georgi Hristov equalizer.

Sources: Rapids’ Mwanga trialing with Cosmos ahead of potential loan move

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Danny Mwanga's reduced role at the Colorado Rapids has him looking towards the east coast for playing time, but it's not an MLS team that he might soon be joining.

Mwanga is currently trialling with the New York Cosmos of the NASL, sources have told SBI.

NASL Week 7: A Look Back

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Minnesota United may have extended their unbeaten streak to 11 games, but NASL leading scorer Christian Ramirez and co. leftShuart Stadium disapointed with Saturday's outcome.

Although the New York Cosmos were reduced to ten men from an early red card, the Cosmos earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Minnesota United on Saturday, thanks to aMads Stokkelien second half equalizer.

NASL Week 7: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite already earning a berth into The Championship as the NASL's Spring Season winner, Minnesota United are far from content.

The currently undefeated Fall Season leaders will look to continue their run of dominance Saturday at James M. Shuart Stadiumagainst the only team to defeat them in 2014, the New York Cosmos, who enter the weekend undefeated against Minnesota United in three previous contests.

NASL Week 6: A Look Back

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite asserting himself as NASL'stop goalscorer, few could have predicted what Christian Ramirez would do next.

Ramirez unleashed his best goal to date, a spectacular bicycle kick finish, as Minnesota United overran Indy Eleven by a 5-1 scoreline to claim the top spot onthe NASL Fall table.

NASL Week 6: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With 40 years of history between them, Saturday's clash between the New York Cosmos and Tampa Bay Rowdies puts forth one of the oldest rivalries in American soccer history.

The two original NASL sides collide Saturday when the Cosmos make the trip down toAl Lang Stadium in search of their second straight victory.

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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.

United States Men's National Team

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.

Indy Eleven

NASL Week 11: A Look Ahead

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By EVAN REAM

A vital three points are at stake Saturday as the struggling New York Cosmos and Atlanta Silverbacks meet in a rematch of the 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl at Hoftstra Stadium.

Coming off a loss to then bottom-of-the table Indy Eleven, the Silverbacks desperately need a resultas they sit five points behind fourth place Tampa Bay for the final playoff berth in the combined Spring and Fall table.

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.

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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.

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).

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.

NASL Week 12: A Look Ahead

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ByEVAN REAM

A possible Soccer Bowl preview highlights the action this weekend in the NASL as first-place San Antonio hosts second-place Minnesota Saturday at Toyota Field.

With a win, the Scorpions can take a one point lead in the combined table, while United can take the top spot in the fall season with a win of their own.

Report: Fort Lauderdale Strikers sold to Brazilian trio

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By DAN KARELL

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers are undergoing an ownership change, but the new owners plan to keep the club in the North American Soccer League.

On Friday morning, the Strikers will announce that the club has sold from Traffic Sports to three Brazilian businessmen Paulo Cesso, Rafael Bertani, and Ricardo Geromel according to the Miami Herald.

NYCFC’s Watson-Siriboe to join NASL’s RailHawks on loan

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Much like the five signings that preceded him, New York City FC's Kwame Watson-Siriboe is set to go on loan ahead of the club's first season.

The 28-year-old defender, who was acquired in a trade from Real Salt Lake on August 11, will join the Carolina RailHawks on loan for the remainder of the 2014 NASL season.

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.

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.