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New York Cosmos

Rocco Commisso speaks out about Steve Malik and USSF

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Rocco Commisso on buying the Cosmos, NASL’s sanctioning and North Carolina FC’s Steve Malik

New York Cosmos Owner and Chairman Rocco Commisso recently spoke exclusively to World Soccer Talk about the state of the North American Soccer League (NASL) that his club plays in, which has been sanctioned as a second division by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) since 2011.

Rocco Commisso speaks out about Steve Malik and USSF

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Rocco Commisso on buying the Cosmos, NASL’s sanctioning and North Carolina FC’s Steve Malik

New York Cosmos Owner and Chairman Rocco Commisso recently spoke exclusively to World Soccer Talk about the state of the North American Soccer League (NASL) that his club plays in, which has been sanctioned as a second division by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) since 2011.

Louisville City

Highlights: Louisville City 1, Swope Park Rangers 0

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Late goal gives Louisville City their first USL title

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Louisville City FC is the new USL champion.

It took 88 minutes for them to break the deadlock, but Cameron Lancaster's 88th minute header allowed them to lift their first ever USL Cup with a 1-0 win over Swope Park Rangers in front of a sellout crowd of 14,456 at Slugger Field on Monday night.

USL Final Preview: Louisville City takes on Swope Park Rangers

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The hopes of lifting the USL Cup for both Louisville City FC and the Swope Park Rangers come down to tonight as the two square off in Kentucky.

Both teams are looking for their first ever USL Cup, as Louisville City are making their first appearance in the final. The top team in the 2017 Eastern Conference standings, is facing off against the fourth-place finishers in the West.

Major League Soccer

United Soccer League: Las Vegas Lights FC Have Unveiled Their New Club Crest And It’s Flipping Lovely (Photo)

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Image: Las Vegas Lights FC

Having been awarded expansion team status a few months ago, Las Vegas are on the verge of launching their very first professional football team into the United Soccer League.

Indeed, Las Vegas Lights FC are due to join the USL (the third tier of US soccer) for the start of the 2018 season, having recently acquired ownership of their very own stadium.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through October 22

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MLS playoffs begin. Bethlehem out of USL playoffs. Philadelphia exits with a statistically complete performance.

Footy on the telly: October 20-27

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It's a Week O'Cups: FIFA U-17 World Cup; England's League Cup; France's Coupe de la Ligue; Germany's DFB Pokal; South America's Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana; the KNVB Beker; Spain's Copa del Rey. Also, a USWNT Friendly, and the Union's Grand Finale.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through October 15

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Portland wins the NWSL. Bethlehem makes the playoffs but with the hardest first round match-up. Philadelphia slides a bit in power rankings for what that means.

Footy On The Telly October 13-20

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Now that we don't have to worry about booking a trip to Russia anymore... We can watch UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues; the FIFA U-17 World Cup; a USWNT Friendly; all sorts of domestic and international league and college fixtures; and the Union as they play out the string, and player contracts, too.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through October 1

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Philadelphia is officially out. Bethlehem has nearly in the playoffs though. NWSL on to the finals.

Footy On The Telly October 6 – 13

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This week, it's World Cup Qualifying time again! Also, the U17 Club World Cup; second and third-tier league and college action; and the Union rest for the final Playoff (PLAYOFFS!???) stretch.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through October 1

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Philadelphia playoff odds climb past a whole percentage point thanks to NYRB stumbles. Bethlehem stumbles put them in jeopardy of making USL playoffs. NWSL playoffs about to begin.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through September 24

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Philadelphia holds steady in playoff odds. Bethlehem moves closer to their playoffs. NWSL playoff teams are set with one week to go.

Footy On The Telly September 22-29

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This week, we can watch the WAFU Nations Cup action; UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues; a plethora of league and college action; and a double dose of the Union's ever-so crowd-pleasing Process.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through September 17

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Philadelphia survives mathematically with a statistically lucky draw. Bethlehem inches closer to the USL playoffs. Final USOC forecast for tonights match.

Antitrust lawsuit: NASL dug its own grave despite USSF-MLS collusion

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What do investors in soccer do when they’ve made one bad business decision after another? And to make matters worse, when they’ve shifted from one rhetorical strategy to another? Sue their governing body, of course!

This is the path the North American Soccer League (NASL) has chosen to justify the league’s complete failure to create a stable and successful second division that works within the confines of US Soccer.

Antitrust lawsuit: NASL dug its own grave despite USSF-MLS collusion

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What do investors in soccer do when they’ve made one bad business decision after another? And to make matters worse, when they’ve shifted from one rhetorical strategy to another? Sue their governing body, of course!

This is the path the North American Soccer League (NASL) has chosen to justify the league’s complete failure to create a stable and successful second division that works within the confines of US Soccer.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through September 10

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Philadelphia's odds at playoffs remains above zero but barely

This Week's Soccer on TV

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The big boys of Europe get started in earnest this week after a Monday night domestic appetizer.

The UEFA Champions League group stage kicks off on Tuesday night with a set of eight matches highlighted by Barcelona taking on Juventus in a clash of long standing European giants.

The Europa League takes center stage on Thursday as the lesser of Europe's continental competitions pits large clubs against smaller foes.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The international break is over, which means its time for a return to club soccer all over your television, computer, and phone screens this weekend.

The headliner takes place in England, where Manchester City will play host to Liverpool on Saturday in a clash of Premier League giants. Both teams are on seven points after unbeaten starts to the new campaign, and each know a loss could drop them even further behind red-hot Manchester United.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through September 3

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Bethlehem Steel odds increase a bit. New York City FC effectively clinch playoff spot to join Toronto in SEBA 100 percent club.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through August 27

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Philadelphia playoffs chances edge closer to zero, Bethlehem playoff chances closer to 50/50 now, but hey, we added some historical Union plus/minus player analysis.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through August 20

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Philadelphia's last-minute loss of two points continues to decline the Union's weak playoff odds. Tonight's @ Toronto match doesn't provide great odds.

Footy On The Telly – August 18-25

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This week, The Union are ...(sigh)... well.... "Trusting The Process." Also, College Soccer, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Copa Sudamerica, and lots of league fixtures

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through August 13

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Philadelphia playoffs chances plummet. New Union player +/- analysis is available though!

USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

In Pictures: Bethlehem Steel 1-1 St. Louis FC

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Rob Simmons was on the scene as Bethlehem Steel FC drew against St. Louis.

Match report: Bethlehem Steel FC 1-1 St. Louis FC

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Bethlehem ended the regular season with frustrating home draw, with Matt Real scoring his first goal as a professional.

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 0-1 Rochester Rhinos

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Bethlehem Steel FC fall 1-0 to Rochester Rhinos

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel 2-2 Louisville City

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Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 2-2 Louisville City

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel 0-1 Charlotte Independence

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Bethlehem Steel FC fall 1-0 to Charlotte Independence

Attendance

Taking Attendance 10/15/2017: USL Draws 2 Million, Average Up 25%

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The United Soccer League became the first lower-level soccer league on these shores to draw two million fans in a season1 and the league's average announced attendance was up 25 percent year-over-year.

There were success stories (FC Cincinnati becoming the first lower-division team ever to average over 20,000 a game, something only 23 Division I clubs in history have done2, Sacramento selling out every game and Phoenix tripling their crowds) and some concerning spots (Rochester falling completely off the table and MLS developmental teams in Vancouver, Kansas City, Seattle and Toronto dropping from already-low averages to even lower averages).

Taking Attendance 9/4/2017: II in 1

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The United States Soccer Federation's decision last winter to sanction both the North American Soccer League and the United Soccer League as Division II circuits has brought us the odd (and potentially temporary) situation where we have competing leagues at one level1.

For this look at attendance, I'm combining all the Division II teams into one table.

The Rest

USL set to bring team to Chicago in 2020

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Chicago is set to be the latest American city with two professional men's soccer teams.

Starting in 2020, the Windy City's north side will be home to a new United Soccer League expansion club, the league announced on Tuesday.

The to-be second division outfit was purchased by Sterling Bay, a developing company based out of Chicago, and will play in a proposed 20,000-seat stadium that will be constructed alongside the Chicago River in the city's Lincoln Park and Bucktown neighborhoods.

News Roundup: Union offseason needs, continuing Columbus drama Columbus, an important discussion about net quality

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The headlines you missed if you weren't paying attention this weekend.

North Carolina FC departs NASL to join USL

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With the NASL season now officially complete, North Carolina FC has made a widely-reported move to the USL.

The club announced Thursday that it has moved to the USL with a move that is effective immediately. The move, according to the club, ensures the team will play in a league that "has a proven relationship with Major League Soccer and has experienced impressive growth in North America".

Report: Memphis to join USL in 2019

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Memphis is next in the USL expansion process.

The Tennessee city will be host to a second-division club starting in 2019, according to the Memphis Business Journal.

"We have approved an ownership group.We have approved the stadium plan they have presented to us, and we have now approved moving forward with Memphis to have a USL club — professional soccer — starting for the 2019 season," USL president Jake Edwards said.

News roundup: Liberia win PHL Unity Cup, USL final, WCQ heroics and heartbreak, more

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Liberia lifts the cup at the Linc, USL final tonight, Switzerland, Croatia, and Morocco qualify for the World Cup, and much more.

Bethlehem Steel won’t leave the Lehigh Valley, but they should still move

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As Columbus Crew SC is ripped away from it's fanbase, a Lehigh Valley native ponders how moving a team could be a good thing.

USL Week 25 Rewind: Road teams run rampant

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Road teams were the big winners this week in USL action.

Only Orange County SC claimed maximum points at home this weekend, with hosts going 1-5-5. With the playoffs looming, home points are invaluable for teams in the hunt for a post season birth, and this week, they failed to capture the necessary results.