John Lenard

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    Project 50/50: Part III

    Welcome back to Project 50/50. This is Part III of my ongoing series, wherein I find what I believe to be the best untapped markets for professional soccer in every single U.S. state. The idea is that every single team concept should be Division 3 compliant, with a stadium...
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    Project 50/50: Part II

    Welcome back to Project 50/50, my quest to find the best city in every single U.S. state for lower-division professional soccer. The idea is to put together a plan for a market that is theoretically Division 3 compliant, so that the city could join either the NISA or USLD3....
  • Cashman Field

    Las Vegas Lights FC will be Cashman Field’s only tenant in 2019

    If you take a look at Cashman Field, the ballpark where Las Vegas Lights FC is set to play in the 2018 USL season, you may notice that it’s rather square. If you have never done such a thing, here’s a visual aid, consisting of a satellite image of...
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    MLS playoffs: MLS Cup radial bracket

    With the two conference semifinals set for tonight, it’s time to unveil the MLS Cup radial bracket. Columbus Crew SC hosts Toronto FC at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the Seattle Sounders and Houston Dynamo kicking off at 9:30 in Houston. Follow John on Twitter: @JohnMLTX. Support Soc Takes on...
  • Harrisburg City Islanders

    Harrisburg City Islanders to be sold and rebranded?

    Recently, a website for “Penn FC” was posted to the USL subreddit, along with speculation that the Harrisburg City Islanders might become Penn FC for 2018. If we dig a little deeper, the signs look a lot stronger. For one, if you remove the “under construction” element, you get the...
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    USL playoffs: USL Cup radial bracket

    With Louisville City FC and the Swope Park Rangers squaring off for the USL Cup tonight, it’s time to unveil the USL Cup radial bracket: Follow John on Twitter: @JohnMLTX. Support Soc Takes on Patreon for access to patron-only Soc Takes Pod episodes, exclusive written content and tier rewards. Click here to...
  • Anchorage

    Project 50/50: Part I

    Right now, the American soccer landscape is in the best shape it has ever been. We have a thriving top-flight league in MLS, two growing Division 2 leagues and two newly announced Division 3 professional leagues in the USL D3 and NISA. With new leagues come new markets, and...
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    Newest generic NASL branding: California United FC

    When the group bringing NASL soccer to San Francisco announced their branding on Jan. 30, 2016, I remember thinking “this is the most corporate, boring, design-by-committee crest in soccer.” And at the time it was, by miles. However, the ownership group behind the long-rumored Orange County team decided to...
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    Division 2 attendance: ‘A Game of Four Tables’

    Through the end of the NASL spring season and roughly halfway through the USL season, we have plenty of meaningful attendance data to overanalyze, from which I’ve drawn an interesting few conclusions and issued some mostly meaningless awards. Let’s start off with the NASL spring season. The “The Miami...
  • Adrian Whitbread

    The Englishman, the Rich Port and the homeless Barracuda

    In 2017, Puerto Rico FC have yet to win a game. They’re dead last in the NASL table, and recently ran a five-game losing streak before drawing at Miami FC on Saturday. This abysmal start led to the dismissal of their head coach, Adrian Whitbread, who had been at the...
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    Preview: 2017 U.S. Open Cup first round

    It’s almost Open Cup time again! The 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament kicks off this Tuesday, with the first day of the first round. We have 56 clubs entering in the first round, with 21 from the PDL, 18 from the NPSL and 17 through the local...