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Drogba signs for US second tier soccer club Phoenix Rising

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Former Ivory Coast and Chelsea star Didier Drogba on Wednesday signed for US second tier team Phoenix Rising, vowing to help the club achieve its dream of entry to Major League Soccer.

A Phoenix statement said Drogba, 39, would be a member of the club’s playing staff before eventually switching to an executive role.

Drogba signs for US second tier soccer club Phoenix Rising

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Former Ivory Coast and Chelsea star Didier Drogba on Wednesday signed for US second tier team Phoenix Rising, vowing to help the club achieve its dream of entry to Major League Soccer.

A Phoenix statement said Drogba, 39, would be a member of the club’s playing staff before eventually switching to an executive role.

USL hybrids, profits and imitating baseball

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As professional soccer evolves in the United States, it has begun to imitate the oldest of American pro sports. PSP's Tim Jones explains.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/23/16 - Decision Day Edition

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Today we'll learn who the Union will face in the playoffs.

Philadelphia Union News

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls
Here's our preview for the Union's final regular season game.

Three questions with Once A Metro
We spoke with Austin Fido of Once A Metro, SB Nation's New York Red Bulls blog, about the upcoming match between the Union and NYRB.

Philadelphia Union and MLS News and Notes 12-14-15

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It was a slow news weekend for the MLS news-wise with free agency creeping along, but there were some interesting new tidbits about Euro 2016, USL unionization and TV ratings for the MLS Cup Final. Check it out and more below!

USL players on brink of union recognition | Inside World Football
The United Soccer League Players Association (USLPA) - consisting of those players employed in the United Soccer League (USL), which is considered the third tier of US soccer – is coming close to formal unionization.

The USL launches rebrand, will vie for division 2 status in 2016

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The artist formerly known as USL PRO is now known as the USL.

The United Soccer League announced today that it has dropped the USL PRO moniker and will compete instead as the USL. In addition, the league announced new branding as well as customized versions of its new logo in each of the team's colors.

Union’s Antoine Hoppenot Benefiting from USL-Pro

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The Harrisburg City Islanders upset the Major League Soccer bound Orlando City FC in the opening round of the United Soccer League – Pro playoffs advancing to play the Richmond Kickers in the semifinals. The lone goal of the match was scored by Philadelphia Union forward and Princeton University graduate.

A Growing Force

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For decades now, the relationship between New England and the American soccer pyramid has been fickle at best, with only one team at the top and dozens at the very bottom.

A combination of low attendance and the United Soccer League consolidating have created a wide gap in the "middle pyramid" that are the second and third divisions for the region.


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?

USL suspends Orange County Blues player for homophobic slurs targeting Robbie Rogers

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The United Soccer League has announced punishment stemming from an August 20th incident involving Robbie Rogers during his rehab match with the LA Galaxy II against the Orange County Blues.

Midfielder Richard Chaplow has been suspended two matches and fined an undisclosed amount for his use of abusive and offensive language towards Rogers in the last 15 minutes of the match between the two USL teams on August 20th.

USL terminates ownership of 2015 champions Rochester Rhinos

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The Rochester Rhinos were crowned champions of the United Soccer League in 2015, but this new year has not started off quite as well.

On Tuesday, USL announced that it will take control of full ownership of the team, terminating Adirondack Sports Club's ownership of the Rhinos effective immediately.

Rhinos capture USL championship

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USL News Release

It took more than 90 minutes for the Rochester Rhinos to find their first shot on goal, and second-half sub Asani Samuels twice rose to the occasion.

Samuels scored two set-piece goals – an equalizer in second-half stoppage time and the game-winner in the 112th minute – as the Rhinos defeated the LA Galaxy II 2-1 in overtime to capture the 2015 USL Championship at Sahlen's Stadium.

New York Red Bulls II's Adams gears up for FIFA U-17 World Cup

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NYRB II's Tyler Adams
USL Feature

At just 16 years old, Tyler Adams already has amassed some memorable accomplishments in his budding career, particularly during the past year.

Adams enjoyed his first professional campaign, suiting up for the New York Red Bulls II during their inaugural USL season as the youngest player to see the pitch among the entire league contingent.

OKC Energy FC's Evan Newton embodies final piece of puzzle

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OKC Energy FC goalkeeper Evan Newton
USL Feature

When OKC Energy FC head coach Jimmy Nielsen was putting the final elements of the team's roster together for 2015, Evan Newton was not part of the picture.

Nielsen felt all the pieces were already in place heading into preseason, and then several days later he received a phone call from Newton's agent.

New York Red Bulls II's Stefano Bonomo impresses out of chute

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NYRB II's Stefano Bonomo
New York Red Bulls II forward Stefano Bonomo comes from a line of top-level athletes in his family. Bonomo's father Paolo, as well as his grandfather who he had never met, were former professional skiers.

Goal-scoring trio of Konig, Fondy and Vincent rewriting USL record books

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Goal scoring is the lifeblood of the game, and the 2015 USL season has consisted of a flurry of memorable tallies. The USL record books are being rewritten heavily in this department with three players who have set themselves apart in their run to hold the single-season goal-scoring record.

OKC Energy FC's Danni König (19 goals), Louisville City FC's Matt Fondy (18 goals) and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds' Rob Vincent (17 goals) represent the top tier of the goal scoring department and are within striking distance of the USL record of 20 goals scored by Orlando City SC's Kevin Molino during the 2014 season.

John Harkes eager for challenge at USL expansion side FC Cincinnati

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FC Cincinnati's John Harkes
USL Feature

Former U.S. Men's National Team midfielder John Harkes' playing credentials are well known: first American to play in the English Premier League, two FIFA World Cup teams, two MLS Cups with D.

AZ United's Top hopes qualifying spurs global, club success

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Jonathan Top
USL Feature

Arizona United SC's Jonathan Top has not featured internationally for the past two years, but a call-up to Guatemala's U-23 national team is providing the Texas native with a grand opportunity.

Youthful Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 growing as season matures

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
With the heavy dose of newcomers joining the USL in 2015, there has been a large performance range among the new clubs. Seattle Sounders FC 2 and Louisville City FC have seen more immediate success, while the likes of FC Montreal and Real Monarchs SLC are still trying to establish their identity.

Rochester Rhinos credit resilience to historic unbeaten start

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Rochester Rhinos captain Tony Walls
The Rochester Rhinos have been one of the most consistent successes of the 2015 USL season. Rochester's unbeaten run is one of the club's best in its history, just three games shy of matching the 14-game streak during the 1998 A-League campaign.

FIFA U-20 World Cup-bound Tommy Thompson's game budding

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U.S. U-20 MNT's Tommy Thompson
Former Sacramento Republic FC loanee Tommy Thompson was named to the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team's World Cup roster earlier this month, and his first inclusion with the U-20s was a hectic experience.

Matthew Delicate: Toast of Richmond

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Richmond's Matthew Delicate
Fifteen years ago, forward Matthew Delicate was playing for the Wales U-18 national team and had zero knowledge of Richmond, Va. Fast-forward to the present, and Delicate is the toast of the Richmond Kickers.

USL Today: Previewing Louisville City vs. Rochester Rhinos

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We preview an Eastern Conference showdown between two unbeaten teams: Louisville City FC and the Rochester Rhinos.

USL Today: Previewing Portland Timbers 2 at Seattle Sounders FC 2

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In this weekend's USL action, we preview a match many have been looking forward to: Portland Timbers 2 vs. Seattle Sounders FC 2:

Belmar elevating play for Western Conference-leading T2

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Portland Timbers 2 forward Kharlton Belmar is quick to point out one element that makes a successful professional player: consistency.

Through three games, Belmar already has proven to be T2's steadiest performer with three goals as Portland is now 2-0-1 and atop the Western Conference with seven points.

Versatile Craven already proving worth at Seattle Sounders FC 2

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Seattle's Andy Craven
Two games is a small sampling to fully appreciate the true impact of a player, but Seattle Sounders FC 2 forward Andy Craven is making his play heard in the early going of the 2015 USL season.

Craven has been a big part of Seattle's lethal offense, with the team posting two dominant victories to take the early lead in the Western Conference.

Aztex forward Alfred Koroma Shams eager for Texas return

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Austin's Alfred Koroma Shams
Austin Aztex forward Alfred Koroma Shams has never really had a permanent home.

Shams fled his home country of Sierra Leone as a child along with his mother. He spent several semesters with the U.

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Sounders to face Kitsap Pumas in fourth round of US Open Cup

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Seattle's first Open Cup opponents of the year won't have to travel very far after beating the Sacramento Republic on the road.

While the date and location for the Seattle Sounders' first Lamar Hunt US Open Cup match of the season was set weeks ago, their opponent was not revealed until Wednesday, when the Kitsap Pumas knocked Sacramento Republic FC out of the tournament with a 3-1 win in Sacramento.

R.I.P. KC Brass?

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It appears that there is one less soccer team in the KC metro area. Today, the United Soccer League released the schedule for their Premier Development League season. One name absent from the list for the first time since 1997 is the Kansas City Brass.

There'd been rumors towards the end of last year that the Brass would not be returning in the 2014 season.

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West Chester United in USASA Werner Fricker Open Cup semifinal on Friday

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West Chester United plays in USASA's Werner Fricker Open Cup semifinal on Friday. Michael Fricker has the story.

United Soccer League results – Week 1 & 2

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Results from the opening games of the United Soccer League of PA's men's and women's divisions'.

The Rest

USL Preview: Former Sounders, where are they now?

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We tracked down the 11 former Sounders currently on USL rosters.

With S2 just days away from kickoff, now seems like a good time to check up on former players plying their trade in the United Soccer League. Some teams, like Seattle Sounders 2, overhauled their entire roster and brought in a new set of prospects aiming to make the MLS roster one day.

The Bull & Its Horns: Memo’s Made It

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Memo Rodriguez was one of four players signed by the Dynamo, and he's earned it.

Over the past two soccer seasons, there was only one player I covered for the Charleston Battery, and the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros. That player was Jose "Memo" Rodriguez. As I began my career here at Dynamo Theory, as the USL beat writer, the Homegrown signing was heading out on loan to the Charleston Battery, Houston's one year affiliate.

James Chambers: Elder statesman

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Bethlehem's lone returning veteran, James Chambers, will play a central role on a young squad in 2017.

Timbers U23s Relocate to Salem

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The Portland Timbers U23s have been approved for relocation to Salem, Oregon, the team and United Soccer League league announced Friday.

Capital FC Timbers, a Timbers Academy alliance club since 2013, will assume day-to-day operations of the U23s. The Timbers will continue to provide resources for the PDL club.

The Bull & Its Horns: 2017 Schedule Released!

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Yesterday, the USL unveiled the full 2017 schedule.

The United Soccer League released the 2017 full schedule yesterday. Of course, that means Rio Grande Valley FC Toros soccer is on the horizon. If you are late to the party, welcome! RGVFC is the USL hybrid affiliate of the Houston Dynamo, who finished their first year as the 2016 #2 seed in the Western Conference.

The Front Row: The last, best chance

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Steveexamines another "lost league," the United Soccer League of 1984-85, pro soccer's last gasp before the arrival of MLS, in the latest episode of the pod.

Liverpool agree surprise transfer, highly rated striker completes move

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Liverpool have confirmed on their official website that the highly talented Academy forward Daniel Trickett-Smith has joined the American club Sacramento Republic FC.

Trickett-Smith was highly rated by the club staff and it is quite surprising to see that the Merseyside giants have allowed him to leave.

Alhaji Kamara, Eddie Johnson, and DeAndre Yedlin: Freedom Kicks for 19 May 2016

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Soccer, go!

So, come closer. I'm hearing a rumor, and I only want you to hear it. You know that mythical object, the "sun"? I've heard we might see it today, so let's have a great one. Let's soccer.

European doctors wouldn't let him play soccer anymore. U.S. specialists had a different opinion.