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United Soccer Leagues Evolves its Extensive Development Model

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In case you haven't seen the press release yet, United Soccer Leagues announced on Wednesday that they will align the Premier Development League and the Super-20 League for the upcoming summer season. Each league is a part of USL's overall ... Continue reading →

Spring is in the Air

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LUDLOW, Mass. With the temperatures dropping and a new turf field at Lusitano Stadium set for installation, the Western Mass Pioneers held their first open tryouts indoors earlier this month.

Dozens ofaspiring pros, plusa number of players from last year's squad, participated in the club's first tryout of the calendar year.

Official: Portland Timbers Sign Brent Richards as First Homegrown Player

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Well we pretty much knew that it was happening, but today the Portland Timbers confirmed that Brent Richards has been signed as the Timbers first ever homegrown player. Richards joins the club after three seasons with the Timbers U-23 PDL side where he scored 26 goals and 12 assists in 37 games...


PDL: Alencar Wins POTW Honors, Sousa Scores in Fury Debut

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A pair of New England-based PDL players had the spotlight cast on them this week, thanks to their impressive form in league action.

On Thursday, The United Soccer Leagues (USL) announced that Western Mass Pioneers forward Alencar Junior was named PDL Player of the Week for the eighth week of the season.

Ready for Launch

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Real Boston Rams coaches look on during a recent tryout held at Dana Farber Fieldhouse in Foxborough. (Photo: Real Boston Rams)

Since the United Soccer League's inception in 1986, Eastern Massachusetts has long struggled to keep its teams in the division from moving or folding all together after a few seasons each, save for the Cape Cod Crusaders who lasted from 1994 to 2008.

Matt Busch named head coach of Piranhas

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The Virginia Beach Piranhas announced today that Matt Busch will take the head coaching reigns for the PDL team for the 2013 season. Busch has been coaching for over 20 years and currently holds a USSF "A" license, National Youth license, NSCAA National license and serves as Technical Director and Director of Club Operations for Virginia Rush Athletic Club.

PDL 2013 Season Schedule Released

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Springfield Demize 2012

Set your calendars now to comecheck out another excitingPDL season with the SpringfieldDemize.Springfield Demize, part of the Heartland Division of the PDL League, play their homegamesinCooper Stadium, at the Lake Country Soccer Complex.

Reál Boston Rams Set to Make PDL Debut

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Boston-area soccer fans will have a new club to root for in 2013.

On Monday, the United Soccer Leagues announced the addition of the Real Boston Rams, which will begin play in USL's Premier Development League next year.

"Our vision is to become the area's top soccer club that identifies elite college-age players in our back yard to give them an opportunity to play for a club and to further their ambitions for a professional soccer career," General Manager John Paul Barata said in a statement on Monday.

Hotspur Announce Final Open Tryout Date

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The Fredericksburg Hotspur have announced a final open tryout date for the club's USL PDL team for the 2012 season. The men's team will hold tryouts on Sunday, April 15th, from 12-2 p.m. at Patriot Park, located at:

5710 Smith Station Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22407

There will be a $25 tryout fee per player.

Tryouts announced for Virginia Beach Piranhas

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Virginia Beach, Virginia - The Virginia Beach Piranhas have announced an open tryout date for the PDL team for the 2012 season.

The men's team (PDL) will hold tryouts on March 17 from 2-5 p.m. at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School located at 4552 Princess Anne Road in Virginia Beach.

Local teams Hotspur, Royals, Piranhas 2012 PDL Season Schedule Released

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Three Virginia teams that particpate in the Premier Developmental League can now start planning for their 2012 season matchups. The USL released the 2012 PDL Schedule today. The Fredericksburg Hotspur, Northern Virginia Royals, and Virginia Beach Piranhas will play in the South Atlantic Division of the PDL in 2012.

Portland Timbers U-23 PDL Team Kicks Off May 11th

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While we received the Timbers MLS schedule a few weeks ago the U-23 side went unannounced until today. Kicking off the season on May 11th, the Portland Timbers U-23 PDL will host the Fraser Valley Mariners at Jeld-Wen Field.

Here's the full home schedule:

Date Opponent Time (Pacific) Venue
Friday, May 11 Fraser Valley Mariners 7 p.

Major League Soccer

Rochester Rhinos 2013 USL PRO Season Preview: Meet the Rhinos

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First of all I'd like to thank Steve and the rest of The Bent Musket for inviting me on board.

When I started my freshman year at college, the orientation leaders had each of us tell three facts about ourselves; two of them true and one a lie. If I had to do the same today, my three facts would be: 1) I presented farm animals in shows when I was little 2) I love Phil Collins 3) I drink three cups of coffee a day

Now that you all know a little about me, I'd like to introduce you to the Rochester Rhinos.

Major Changes Might be coming to the MLS Reserve League

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MLS is not known for developing young talent and the talent it does develop usually get heavy first team minutes from the get go. Those players who don't get first team minutes after they are drafted or acquired are only given 10 games to help in their development. MLS has left the scheduling of the reserve games up to the clubs and in some cases those games were all clustered either at the beginning of the season or at the end.

New York Cosmos – The rebirth continues…

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New York Cosmos The rebirth continues... is a post from: Just Football

by Jason Carr

The names may be the same, but don't expect to see a new flood of international stars descending on New York next year.

July's announcement that the New York Cosmos would field a team in the North American Soccer League was greeted with much excitement.

Some Random Thoughts on Promotion & Relegation in U.S. Soccer

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Earlier this spring, Ternana, a football club in Terni, Italy, mathematically qualified for promotion from Lega Pro Prima Divisione to Serie B for the first time since 2006. To give their fans a chance to fully celebrate this promotion, the club held a friendly earlier this month. The picture above and the videos below are from that friendly.

Wednesday Kicks: Galaxy, Chivas USA in action & more

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Short on time today, so just have time to note that: *The struggling Galaxy are in action tonight in Carson against the resurgent San Jose Earthquakes, who are just beginning a stretch of road games that could determine the direction of their season. The Galaxy also learned last night they

Union To Play Rochester Rhinos In Third Round Of US Open Cup On May 29

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Last night's Lamar Hunt US Open Cup results left the Rochester Rhinos as the Philadelphia Union's opponent in the third round of the 2012 edition of the long running competition.

The Rhinos beat fellow New York club the Brooklyn Italians 3-0 to advance forward in the USOC. The United Soccer Leagues PRO team will now face the Union at PPL Park on May 29, the first every home game in the USOC for Philadelphia.

Second Chicago PDL Club Already Looking Ahead to Future

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(Editor's Note: Last week, we looked at the St. Louis Lions of the USL PDL. This week, we take a look at Chicago's PDL clubs.)

Hypothetically, five years from now, could the Chicagoland area have soccer clubs at the first, third and fourth highest levels of the American game?

Announcing "The Austin Aztex Project" Documenting the Building of American Soccer

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Last September the Austin Aztex, under new ownership, announced their return to the American soccer fold. Almost a year earlier the first incarnation of the Aztex had packed up for greener pastures in Orlando, leaving supporters in the lurch and a bad taste in the mouth of the local soccer community.

#SoccerSpeakUSA Summary (3/21) – ‘The US Soccer Pyramid’

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Never a supporter of a mellow Twitter Chat we decided to crank up the tempo by introducing one of those sticky subjects associated with the game. The topic for this weeks #SoccerSpeakUSA was the US Soccer Pyramid.

The most trust worthy source of information out there on the internets (Wikipedia) described the US Soccer Pyramid as a term used in soccer to describe the structure of the league system in the United States.

FBM DrinkWear - Baltimore Bohemians Jersey and Scarf

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Scarves up. Pints up.Combine a soccer team with an iconic East Coast beer and we're sold. The Baltimore Bohemians will make their professional debut during the 2012 United Soccer League season.

National Bohemian Beer began brewing in Baltimore back in 1885 and the one-eyed, mustachoed "Mr.

Thursday Kicks: Galaxy's Stephens, Chivas USA's Villafaña still in Olympics mix & more

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*Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens and Chivas USA utility man Jorge Villafaña were both named today to a 10-day training camp in Frisco, Tex., involving 23 players that begins Sunday. Senior squad regulars Dallas' Brek Shea and New York Red Bull Juan Aguedelo are among five newcomers to the roster.

Mon the Scots! Why Kris Boyd Should Sign with Houston Dynamo

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Follow the yellow brick road, and there might be a powerful wizard at the end able to grant you whatever your heart desires. Or, as so often we find, after having stumbled through the many potholes on that road you come to the end of it only to be met by an eccentric myth of a person capable only of offering up false promises and trinkets.

Tuesday Kicks: Sarvas, Gomez & Xolos

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*The Galaxy have formally announced the signing of Brazilian midfielder Marcelo Sarvas from Costa Rican club Alajuelense, the day after Coach Bruce Arena told reporters about the acquisition conference call. Sarvas, 30, received his work visa today, although judging by his career path so far fans shouldn't get too attached

USL Premier Development League Gets an Injection of Massachusetts

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Within the last week, the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (USL PDL) officially announced the 2012 inaugural seasons of two new Massachusetts-based clubs, Worcester Hydra FC and Boston Victory SC. The teams will both play in the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference joining the already established Western Mass Pioneers, Vermont Voltage, MPS Portland Phoenix, New Hampshire Phantoms, and Ottowa Fury.


Nike Announces United Soccer Leagues Sponsorship

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Following the sale of the Umbro Brand by NIKE, Inc., the sponsorship of United Soccer Leagues (USL) has transferred from Umbro to Nike, effective immediately. The sponsorship will continue to...

Watch Kickers Matches Live on UNATION

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Richmond Kickers fans unable to make it to Richmond City Stadium for some of the upcoming 2012 USL Pro season can still watch some Kickers games live.
United Soccer Leagues announce today that more than 80 live games from the 2012 USL PRO season will be available online through USL Live, the popular online video destination launched in 2007 to make USL matches more accessible to its fans.

Tribe Men’s Soccer to Play Richmond Kickers to Benefit StoweStrong Fund - William & Mary - Athletics at William & Mary

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary men's soccer team and the Richmond Kickers of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) will play an exhibition match to benefit the StoweStrong Fund at Ukrop Park in Richmond on Friday, March 23, at 7 p.

2012 USL PRO Schedule Released

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The United Soccer Leagues have released their 2012 schedule for USL PRO, which is sanctioned as the professional third division of soccer in the US. USL PRO, which started last season with 15 teams, will only play with 11 teams in 2012. Three Puerto Rican teams, who played in the International Conference, were removed from [.

Major Indoor Soccer League

Wave open MISL season Nov. 9

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The Milwaukee Wave will start their quest for a third consecutive Major Indoor Soccer League title Nov. 9 at the Wichita Wings, with their home opener two days later.

The 2012-13 MISL schedule was announced Friday by United Soccer Leagues. The league once again will consist of seven teams – the Chicago Soul has been added, replacing the departed Norfolk SharX – and teams will play 26 regular-season games, two more than last season.

Taking Attendance: Indoors 1/3/2012

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Back after a hiatus, I present you the latest attendance figures from the Major Indoor Soccer League. As you may or may not know, United Soccer Leagues took over the MISL this season and brought it under their umbrella along with its nascent I-League. The result is a seven-team league that's averaging right about what the old one was through the same number of games a year ago.

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Pro Women’s Soccer Returning?

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Just prior to the U.S. Women's National Team grabbing Gold at the Olympics, the Boston Breakers issued a press release announcing the formation of a new professional women's soccer league slated to begin play in the spring of 2013. The teams announced in the release are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, a newly formed team in Seattle, and New Jersey's Sky Blue FC, with four other teams finalizing their participation in the league.

The Future of US Women’s Soccer

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With the almost-inevitable shuttering of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS), a vacancy exists in the soccer landscape for a venue where the top talent in the this country and around the world can ply its trade. The Women's Premier Soccer League has formed an Elite Division comprised of former WPS teams and long-standing members of its amateur ranks, with the 2012 season scheduled to kick-off next week.

The Rest

Responding to Tim Holt’s Appearance on Soccer is a Kick in the Grass, September 24

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I don't want this to be an indictment against the show as a whole, which you may or may not enjoy. However, a host can still be respectful while asking insightful and probing questions that make the guest think. This ... Continue reading →

Previews and Predictions: US Open Cup Quarterfinals

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Tuesday night, there are staggered start times of 7:30, 8:30 and 10:30 pm for the US Open Cup quarterfinals matchups. Check the home website at 'thecup.us' to find out where to see live video streams for these games.

The Seattle Sounders, the three-time defending champion has its hands full with the MLS league leader, the San Jose Earthquakes, playing in San Jose.

Longwood Athletics - Shane Johnson Signs With USL's Richmond Kickers

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Shane JohnsonFARMVILLE, Va. – Longwood University senior Shane Johnson of Ashburn (Broad Run), a four-year standout defender on the men's soccer team, recently agreed to terms for the 2012 season with the Richmond Kickers of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) Pro Division.

Tryouts for W-League Virginia Beach Piranhas announced

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Official Virginia Beach News Release:


Virginia Beach, Virginia - The Virginia Beach Piranhas have announced an open tryout date for the W-League team for the 2012 season.

The womenb's team (W-League) will hold tryouts on March 3 from 9-11 a.

Norfolk SharX name Jim Gooley General Manager

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Norfolk SharX Press Release:

SHARX NAME JIM GOOLEY GENERAL MANAGER Lucy Gimbel named Director of Operations Troy Catindig named Director of Group Sales

Norfolk, Virginia – The Norfolk SharX are pleased to announce that Jim Gooley has joined the staff as General Manager.

Xoloitzcuintles Tijuana en California EU pretemporada rumbo al Clausura 2012

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El Club Tijuana golea 5-0 en el primer partido de la pretemporada rumbo al Clausura 2012

Oxnard, California. El Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente inició de manera contundente los partidos de preparación rumbo al Torneo Clausura 2012 de la Primera División del futbol mexicano, tras vencer 5-0 a la selección de la Ventura County United Soccer Leagues, en duelo realizado en el campo del Oxnard High School este miércoles en la unión americana.