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Archives: NASL

As MLS, NASL and USL PRO Expand, the US Soccer Talent Pool Becomes More Diluted

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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USL PRO, the third-tier of American soccer, recently completed its Annual General Meeting in Clearwater, Florida. Like the leagues directly above it, USL PRO is in full-fledged expansion mode, adding new teams to its roster each season and now sporting … Continue reading

Interview With Elton John From 1978 to Promote NASL’s LA Aztecs: Friday Flashback [VIDEO]

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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In 1978, singer Elton John was interviewed before a LA Aztecs game to help promote the NASL team and the sport in the United States. The interviewer seemed quite enamored by the British pop singer. And both gentlemen were dressed … Continue reading

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CONCACAF Considers Letting New York Cosmos Play in Champions League, Say Sources: Monday Soccer Insider

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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On Saturday night, the New York Cosmos won the NASL Soccer Bowl for a sixth time. According to my league and team sources, CONCACAF is trying to find a way to get the Cosmos, a second division team, into the continental CONCACAF … Continue reading

Is Now The Time For Promotion and Relegation Between MLS, NASL and USL PRO?

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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On Saturday in Atlanta, the second division North American Soccer League will crown a champion for the 2013 season. The Atlanta Silverbacks will play host to the New York Cosmos who, despite not playing a full season, are eligible for … Continue reading

MLS Edges Closer to Awarding Atlanta a Franchise, But Silverbacks Are Not Being Considered: Monday Soccer Insider

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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On Saturday, Atlanta will be the locale for the NASL Soccer Bowl, the title game of North America’s second division. The Atlanta Silverbacks will play host to the New York Cosmos at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.  The Silverbacks have developed a … Continue reading

How Orlando City’s Move to MLS Will Impact the Other Soccer Teams in Florida

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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For many years Florida was a barren wasteland for professional soccer. From 2002 to 2005, the state did not boast one professional franchise and a limited number of amateur PDL teams. Suddenly after only boasting a single professional team as … Continue reading

New York Red Bulls and New York Cosmos Both On The Verge Of Clinching Silverware

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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New York area soccer fans haven’t had much to cheer about recently. But all that could change this weekend as both of the area’s active professional soccer teams could claim silverware. The New York Red Bulls, long a laughing stock … Continue reading

Monday Soccer Insider with Kartik Krishnaiyer

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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England’s 4-1 thrashing of a good, albeit injury depleted, Montenegro side should be further evidence that the self-loathing elements of the British press just do not see what Roy Hodgson is building and why he has England playing the way … Continue reading

Why Lower Divisions in US Soccer Prove Fertile Ground for Players from the British Isles

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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When I worked as the communications officer for the second division North American Soccer League, I was often asked by English friends why so many players from the British Isles gravitated to the lower leagues of North American soccer. To … Continue reading

Safety Concerns Continue At Lower Division US Soccer Leagues

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Recently, many soccer supporters associated with lower-division clubs in the United States have discussed security and safety for traveling fans as a concern.  On Saturday, the North American Soccer League (NASL) convened a supporters summit where this was raised as … Continue reading

Does the NASL Have a New York Cosmos Problem?

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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The return of the New York Cosmos has been met with fanfare throughout much of the country. The revival of the 1970s superclub brought more attention and eyeballs on North America’s Second Division than any time since the exodus of … Continue reading

Monday Soccer Insider with Kartik Krishnaiyer

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Jose Mourinho is figuring it out, showing his tactical flexibility and his willingness to admit mistakes with his squad selection. Chelsea’s side now looks more pragmatic yet able to play on the break. With a remarkable amount of depth and … Continue reading

Interview With Luton Town and Rowdies Legend Ricky Hill: Voices Of Soccer [VIDEO]

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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Kartik Krishnaiyer recently sat down with Luton Town and Tampa Bay Rowdies legend Ricky Hill for the debut episode of the new weekly World Soccer Talk interview show, Voices of Soccer. In the episode, Tampa Bay Rowdies coach (and former Luton … Continue reading

Monday Soccer Insider With Kartik Krishnaiyer

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund side will keep the Bundesliga race tight this season. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a player I had hoped several Premier League sides would pursue instead, ended up with the European runners-up as somewhat of an afterthought. On Saturday … Continue reading

Indy Eleven Are Making All the Right Moves in Indianapolis

Posted on by Bo McMillan
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Chelsea and Inter Milan faced off in downtown Indianapolis earlier this month. The quarterfinal of the International Champions Cup was a massive event that drew 42,000 fans to Lucas Oil Stadium, and filled the streets of Indianapolis. But there was … Continue reading

Monday Soccer Insider With Kartik Krishnaiyer

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Editor’s note: World Soccer Talk’s Kartik Krishnaiyer kicks off a brand-new weekly column that’ll delve deeper into many of his insights from the past weekend of world football. Look for his column every Monday. The Football League kicked off its 125th season … Continue reading

Watch ‘Tampa Bay Rowdies: Trophies and Tradition’ — A World Soccer Talk Mini-Documentary

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Today marks the release of Tampa Bay Rowdies: Trophies and Tradition, a mini-documentary that focuses on one of the great soccer legacies in North America. Directed by Kartik Krishnaiyer and Joshua Tomlinson for World Soccer Talk, the 25-minute documentary takes … Continue reading

NASL Adds Oklahoma City and Jacksonville Teams Thanks To Buzz About NY Cosmos

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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The announcement by the North American Soccer League of two new teams yesterday increased the scope of the region’s second division in the United States. Jacksonville and Oklahoma City will begin play in 2015. With the New York Cosmos about … Continue reading