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Archives: USL

USSF and US soccer leagues have serious questions to answer

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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With the world’s attention on Canada and the Women’s World Cup, discussion of the FIFA scandal has begun to fade in the United States. This could not have come at a better time for the USSF and the professional leagues … Continue reading

US Open Cup competition has improved but TV and radio coverage is lacking

Posted on by Daniel Feuerstein
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With the level of competition in MLS, NASL and USL improving, this year’s US Open Cup promises to be one of the most competitive in recent memory. Combined with the fact that the level of tension between the three aforementioned … Continue reading

West Bromwich Albion announce friendlies against Orlando, Charleston and Richmond

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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West Bromwich Albion have announced that they’ll be conducting their preseason training in the United States this summer with friendlies scheduled against MLS’ Orlando City Soccer Club, and USL’s Charleston Battery and Richmond Kickers. West Brom will play Orlando on … Continue reading

MLS can’t be the only home for soccer’s American boom; By Simon Evans

Posted on by Simon Evans
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On Saturday, largely ignored by the national media, another new American soccer club will be born. And once again, it looks like being another success story. Jacksonville Armada will open their NASL campaign and they hope to beat the league’s … Continue reading

Listen to Soccer Morning with USL President Jake Edwards and Matthew Rappo live from 10-11:15am ET

Posted on by Alex Muller
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Today’s episode of Soccer Morning features guests USL President Jake Edwards and Matthew Rappo. Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls. USL President … 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

Why USL’s quest for US Soccer’s Division 2 status is problematic

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Tuesday’s news that USL will apply for Division 2 status shook up the US Soccer community. As the former Director of Communications for the North American Soccer League (NASL) when the league battled USL for D2 status in 2010 and … Continue reading

Why the Promotion/Relegation Debate Should Be Ignored

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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One of the topics that generates a lot of clicks on the Internet, but that we’ve purposefully stayed away from, is the debate about promotion/relegation in the US soccer system. There’s a couple of reasons why we’ve avoided it until now. … 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

Orlando City Soccer Club Reveals MLS Logo

Posted on by Caitlin O'Connell
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The 21st MLS team, Orlando City Soccer Club, has announced its new logo for its upcoming 2015 season where they will be participating in MLS play for the first time. David Brotherton, a fan and graphic-designer who purchased season tickets in … Continue reading

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

Funding Approved For Orlando Soccer-Specific Stadium; Paves Way For Orlando MLS Team in 2015

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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By a vote of 5-2, the Orange County Commissioners tonight approved funding for a soccer-specific stadium to be built in downtown Orlando, which paves the way for Orlando City Soccer Club to become a MLS team in 2015. “We are … Continue reading

Orlando City Does Not Have The Number of Votes Required to Get Stadium Passed: Monday Soccer Insider

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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It has been reported that Major League Soccer officials have descended on Central Florida this week to influence Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners vote for a soccer facility that will host the third division Orlando City in their proposed move to Major … 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

Orlando City Breaks Record Attendance With 20,000+ Fans at USL Pro Final: Daily Soccer Report

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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Orlando City Soccer Club won the 2013 USL PRO Championship Game Saturday night after defeating Charlotte Eagles 7-4 in front of 20,886 fans at the Citrus Bowl in downtown Orlando. The 20,000+ attendance was the largest attendance ever for an … Continue reading

USL-PRO Releases Playoff Format, Zings NASL

Posted on by Robert Hay

This week USL PRO continued its development as a USSF minor league by releasing its playoff schedule. Last week it had released a season schedule and division format outlining how its clubs would compete in its first year of existence … Continue reading