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Archives: NASL

A look back at the United Soccer Association in 1967

Posted on by Drew Farmer
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The 1966 World Cup in England opened America’s eyes to soccer. Those wide-open eyes saw full stadiums and supporters frothing at the mouth to watch a sport that was practically unknown to the majority of the USA population. Now with … Continue reading

It’s MLS or the highway for American soccer

Posted on by Earl Reed
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If it hasn’t been clear to you over the last decade or two, get used to this idea: in American soccer, it’s either the MLS way or the highway. Yesterday marked the announcement of Minnesota United FC (MNUFC) making the … Continue reading

Why the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup isn’t “March Madness” yet

Posted on by Earl Reed
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Even if you haven’t filled out your NCAA Tournament bracket (or five) yet, you are probably still aware that there’s some big college basketball tournament about to explode onto several networks today. Colloquially it is known as “March Madness”. In … Continue reading

MLS, NASL and USL soccer pyramid has plenty of opportunity to be successful

Posted on by Earl Reed
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The growth of soccer in the United States is something that can be easily taken for granted. We’ve seen the disastrous fallout that occurs when leagues overextend themselves, lacking the financial support to reach the lofty strata they desire to … Continue reading

NASL could suffer greatly due to MLS and its new CBA deal

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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The new MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) appears to be a big victory for MLS players and for the league’s management. With four new expansion clubs having paid large fees to join the league and a new TV deal along … Continue reading

Signing Ex-Real Madrid Legend Raul Would Be A Major Coup For New York Cosmos

Posted on by Aram Gyan
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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 Jagger and Henry Kissinger stopped popping in for post-match … Continue reading

Who Is Miguel Ibarra?

Posted on by Chris Moore
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Do not feel bad if you are one of the many that are unfamiliar with the California native who was called up to the US Men’s National Team squad for last Friday’s 1-1 draw against Ecuador, and is included in Tuesday’s … Continue reading

What the Soccer Landscape Looks Like In Puerto Rico After the Islanders Era

Posted on by Edwin Jusino
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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 … Continue reading

Why Canadian Soccer Would Benefit From Domestic League If NASL and CFL Join Forces

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Last week, reports began to surface about a possible new professional league in Canada that would be developed in partnership with the Canadian (American) Football League (CFL) and the North American Soccer League (NASL). Canada has not had an independent … Continue reading

MLS-Bound Orlando City Promotes Use of Smoke Bombs Despite Skirmish in Tampa Bay

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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On Sunday night, four Orlando City Soccer Club fans were arrested in Tampa on a variety of charges after fights, disorderly behavior and smoke bombs broke out in an exhibition game against Tampa Bay Rowdies. In addition to the four arrests, … Continue reading

Minnesota United Claims Spring NASL Title

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Minnesota United FC claimed the Spring Season North American Soccer League (NASL) title this weekend, the clubs second piece of silverware since the relaunch of the league in 2011. Ironically, United’s 3-3  title clinching draw in St Petersburg, Florida against … Continue reading

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New York Red Bulls to Face New York Cosmos In 2014 US Open Cup

Posted on by Kristan Heneage
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“It will be exciting” was how New York Cosmos defender Carlos Mendes described their upcoming fourth round US Open cup tie against the New York Red Bulls. June 14 is when New York looks inwards and watches the first-ever meeting … Continue reading

Frustration With Traffic Sports Growing Among Fort Lauderdale Strikers Fans

Posted on by Alex Gago
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As we’ve seen by developments this week, Traffic Sports USA has been responsible for organizing many international soccer events and has owned the Fort Lauderdale Strikers since they joined North American Soccer League as an expansion team since 2010 but, … Continue reading

WATCH Our Exclusive Interview With Peter Wilt, Indy Eleven’s GM [VIDEO]

Posted on by Bo McMillan
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We got to sit down with a very busy Peter Wilt, President and General Manager of Indy Eleven, the newest NASL club in the United States. He talks everything from buying players to the growth of soccer in America. We … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes at Indy Eleven, America’s Newest Soccer Club

Posted on by Bo McMillan
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Editor’s note: Indy Eleven plays its first match this Saturday evening when the team battles Carolina Railhawks in the NASL, the second division of US soccer. The debut of a brand-new soccer club is an exciting milestone in the growth of … Continue reading

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NASL Announce New Playoff Format, “The Championship”

Posted on by Pedro Heizer
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North American Soccer League (NASL) is once again changing its playoff format. The 2014 NASL season will debut the new-look postseason format as four clubs will qualify to play in “The Championship” that will decide the NASL Soccer Bowl Championship. … Continue reading

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NASL Supporters Launch a New Initiative to Reward League’s Best Team

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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The North American Soccer League (NASL), the second-tier of American soccer, last season began a controversial split season format that saw the side that had the best overall points total (Carolina RailHawks) fail to reach the post-season while a team … Continue reading

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Atlanta Eliminates Head Coach Position, Eric Wynalda to Manage As Technical Director

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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The Atlanta Silverbacks of the second-tier NASL have innovated in a way many thought not possible. They have opted not to hire a Head Coach to replace the terminated Brian Haynes who had been named 2012 NASL Coach of the … Continue reading