Category: NASL

NPSL National Championship: Chattanooga FC vs. New York Cosmos B

The National Premier Soccer League National Championship match between Chattanooga FC and New York Cosmos B has been set for Saturday night August 8th. The fourth-tier of US soccer showcases talent from around the country with 65 teams in 12 regional divisions. The NPSL will hold its show piece final in Chattanooga, Tennessee at Finley Stadium with kick-off taking place at 7:30pm ET. Chattanooga set the league’s attendance record (9,236) in their previous match, which helped the league’s decision to play the game in Tennessee.  “The NPSL National Championship will be a great showcase for the NPSL in front of ... Read more

A look back at the United Soccer Association in 1967

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 dollar signs gleaming in their vision, a consortium of soccer “enthusiasts” set out to create a professional league in the USA and Canada. What happened next was something that seems only capable in US and Canadian soccer, but ultimately, the North American Soccer League was formed in 1968 when the two leagues merged. Yet before we got to that point ... Read more

It’s MLS or the highway for American soccer

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 big move from the North American Soccer League up to Major League Soccer for the 2018 season. Dr. Bill McGuire, MNUFC owner, was able to bring the state’s Twins (MLB) and Timberwolves (NBA) ownership groups on board to successfully bid for a franchise. With the announcement has come articles numbering the days to NASL’s 2nd Division implosion. MNUFC is a ... Read more

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

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 recent years there have been articles written about the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup characterizing it at the “March Madness of American Soccer“. As much as there is a valid comparison in the structure of the two tournaments, it’s the execution that makes it ring hollow. Serious fans of the Open Cup look at the way it is handled by ... Read more

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

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 attain. Last week’s flurry of Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations in Major League Soccer brought this mode of thinking back to the forefront, as players and owners faced the real option of postponing the start of the 2015 season over labor costs. Fortunately for fans of the domestic league, the Players Union and Ownership eventually agreed upon a deal; albeit one ... Read more

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

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 with several new lucrative sponsorships, Major League Soccer is poised to emerge as one of the global powerhouses in the sport. The ultimate loser in the MLS CBA agreement is likely to be the ambitious North American Soccer League (NASL), which has tried to make a case at various times in recent years that it can be a concurrent first ... Read more

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

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 champagne and the most famous soccer club in American history folded. Could signing an international legend make the new Cosmos shine again? The resurrected Cosmos 2.0 plays in the second-tier NASL and far from New York’s bright lights at suburban Nassau County’s Hofstra University. Powered by Marcos Senna, one of the key stars of Spain’s Euro 2008 winning squad, the new ... Read more

Who Is Miguel Ibarra?

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 squad for the match against Honduras. Three separate websites have Ibarra listed at three different positions. Wikipedia has Ibarra listed as an attacking midfielder, ESPN labeled the player as a defender, and the USMNT website has him as a forward (I would obviously trust the actual USMNT website for Ibarra’s correct position). Even though he received his first call up to ... Read more