Kevin Johnston

  • Hell Is Real Derby

    FC Cincinnati douses Columbus Crew SC in ‘Hell Is Real Derby’

    CINCINNATI — When MLS’ Columbus Crew SC and the USL’s FC Cincinnati meet it’s called the “Hell Is Real Derby” for a reason. And no, it’s not just because of an awkward billboard that displays the phrase on Interstate 71 between the two Ohio cities. OK, so it is, but...
  • Boca Raton FC

    Boca Raton FC settling into NPSL groove

    Snagging six points across two matches in the NPSL is hardly child’s play, even on a home stand. And when you’re the new kid on the block in an established league, doing so on the road is damn near cause for celebration. Boca Raton FC did just that after dropping its...
  • Djiby

    Djiby’s return helps lift FC Cincinnati over Louisville City FC

    CINCINNATI — A potent striker returned to the FC Cincinnati lineup Wednesday night and immediately provided his club a huge boost. If you’re looking for a corny pop culture reference, you could say FC Cincy was “Gettin’ Djiby Wit It.” With a spot in the next round of the U.S....
  • Colin Falvey

    Eleven’s struggles weigh heavily on captain’s mind

    INDIANAPOLIS — The mounting frustration was visible on Indy Eleven captain Colin Falvey’s face even before he opened his mouth. In fact, his solemn gaze wasn’t just visible, it was indelible. The scoreboard spoke for him: Miami FC 2, Indy Eleven 0. Falvey had just gone a full 90 with...
  • Dario Suarez

    Two braces win AFC Ann Arbor’s Dario Suarez Player of the Week

    Dario Suarez is one of the most potent attackers in the NPSL. With four career caps for the Cuba national team, that probably goes without saying. After netting four goals last weekend, he’s been named the NPSL Week 11 Mitre National Player of the Week. The AFC Ann Arbor forward...
  • Wednesday night MLS

    KJ’s Wednesday night MLS plays

    2017 record: 17-17 Profit/loss: -3.16 With five MLS matches on the docket Wednesday evening, I simply can’t wait until the weekend to unleash my inner degen. There are too many losers winners to be picked. Here are my Week 12 Wednesday night MLS plays: Philadelphia Union/Houston Dynamo Draw +255 Risk 39.22...
  • Amani Walker

    Hat trick earns Albion SC PROS striker Amani Walker NPSL Player of the Week honors

    The entire Albion SC PROS squad had a performance to remember last weekend in Albion’s 7-3 home thrashing of fellow Cali club City of Angels FC. And perhaps no one will recall the match as fondly as forward Amani Walker, who coolly bagged a hat trick. Walker’s three-goal performance...
  • Passage - SoccerStub

    NPSL announces partnership with SoccerStub

    In an effort to streamline and standardize the ticket-buying process, the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) has partnered with SoccerStub, a division of Passage, Inc. that provides ticketing and payment services in addition to revenue reporting. The deal makes SoccerStub the official ticketing provider for the NPSL, a fourth-division...
  • Daniel Keller

    Daniel Keller up to task in Indy Eleven back line

    INDIANAPOLIS — Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park erupts about every 74 minutes on average. Not quite as often nor with as much dramatic flair, Indy Eleven utility man Daniel Keller pops up every few matches to give bystanders a steady, if unspectacular, show. With “the Chris Tierney of...
  • Week 10 MLS

    KJ’s Week 10 MLS plays

    2017 record: 16-17 Profit/loss: -53.16 I’m back this week with two plays for Wednesday evening’s MLS slate. The remainder of my plays for the games this weekend will be posted Friday. Here are my early Week 10 MLS plays: Toronto FC/Orlando City SC Under 3.0 -115 Risk 57.50 to win...
  • Nemanja Vukovic

    Eleven defender Nemanja Vukovic out indefinitely

    The Indy Eleven have already dealt with an absurd number of injuries to key players this season. Unfortunately for Indy, the brutal rash of knocks just got even worse. Left back Nemanja Vukovic is out indefinitely with a kidney contusion, a team official confirmed Thursday. Yes, “Iron Man” is...
  • Live blog

    Tactical Tidbits: Not all bad for FC Edmonton at bottom of table

    FC Edmonton’s offense needs a defibrillator. Luckily, it might have found one via an unlikely source: its back line. Or, more specifically, its fullbacks. The Eddies attack produced a meager 25 goals in 32 NASL games last season, and has remained dormant through two matches in 2017. Edmonton has zero goals...
  • Major League Soccer picks

    Major League Soccer picks: Week 7

    2017 record: 14-14 Profit/loss: -35.48 Here are my MLS picks for Week 7: Philadelphia Union/New York City FC Draw +250 Risk 40 to win 100 Orlando City SC Pick ‘Em -150 Risk 75 to win 50 Chicago Fire/New England Revolution Draw +260 Risk 38.46 to win 100 New York Red Bulls/D.C. United...
  • Puerto Rico FC

    Déjà vu: Puerto Rico FC and Indy Eleven draw for 2nd time in as many weeks

    If Indy Eleven players and coaches weren’t already having nightmares about Puerto Rico FC forward Hector Ramos before Saturday, they most certainly will be now. After dropping a goal and an assist in a thrilling 3-3 draw in Indianapolis last weekend, Ramos added another tally as an encore Saturday....
  • Nick Rimando - MLS picks

    KJ’s Week 6 MLS picks

    2017 record: 11-11 Profit/loss: -42.02 After sitting out last weekend’s shortened MLS slate due to the World Cup Qualifiers, I’m back with a few hopeful winners. Here are my MLS picks for Week 6: Chicago Fire/Columbus Crew SC Draw +260 Risk 38.46 to win 100 Both clubs made recent...
  • Jacksonville Armada FC

    Tactical Tidbits: Armada cracks Eddies’ stifling defense late

    If FC Edmonton were a vehicle, it would definitely be a compact car — a very, very tiny one. After a frustrating 75-plus minutes, Jacksonville Armada FC winger J.C. Banks finally provided the figurative jaws of life to carry the home side to a 1-0 victory. The Eddies defense,...
  • Daniel Keller

    Tactical Tidbits: Indy Eleven spoil another expansion opener

    The Indy Eleven’s first meaningful match of 2017 is in the books. After laboring through the first half against the San Francisco Deltas, a half in which neither team really separated itself beyond the obvious Deltas goal, Indy emerged as the better side after the break. Ultimately the Eleven...
  • Week 4 MLS picks

    KJ’s Week 4 MLS picks

    2017 record: 9-10 Profit/loss: -44.52 As George Costanza once proudly exclaimed: “I’m back, baby!” Well, that’s a stretch, but I did come to within one win of coming out of the red. Not bad for going winless on the handful of draws I’ve played so far. Here are my...
  • Battalion APA

    People’s Brewing Co. unveils BYB-themed Battalion Ale

    INDIANAPOLIS — People’s Brewing Company co-founder Brett VanderPlaats wasn’t exactly dressed like James Bond for his first lunch meeting with the Brickyard Battalion (BYB), the official supporters’ group of the Indy Eleven. An important project was behind deadline, but VanderPlaats knew this was a stop he had to make. Battalion...
  • KJ’s Week 3 MLS picks

    2017 record: 4-8 Profit/loss: -202.80 The first two weeks haven’t been ideal thanks to an 0-4 record on draws, so hopefully a nice bounce back to normal variance will soon be in order. Here are my plays for Week 3: New York City FC/Montreal Impact Over 3.0 -110 Risk 55 to win 50...
  • Keith Cardona

    Indy Eleven backup GK job up for grabs

    INDIANAPOLIS — Sorry, goalkeepers, but having a third one of you on the roster is a waste. That’s always been my belief. And someone who knows way more about soccer than I, Indy Eleven coach Tim Hankinson, agrees. Or at least he used to. “It’s been my theory (throughout...
  • Chicago Fire

    KJ’s Week 2 MLS picks

    2017 record: 3-6 Profit/loss: -173.39 Ouch. After a rough opening weekend, I’m back with a few more losers winners this week. Hey, if every degenerate quit after one bad weekend, the sports books wouldn’t get much action. #SocTakesLogic Here are my plays for Week 2: Chicago Fire/Real Salt Lake...
  • Dom Dwyer

    Sporting Kansas City trio preserves clean sheet on wild corner

    Sporting Kansas City escaped its season opener at D.C. United with a point from a scoreless draw. Truth be told, SKC might’ve been the better side Saturday, dominating possession and out-shooting the hosts 15 to nine. But the strong performance by the visitors certainly wasn’t lacking in the heroics department,...
  • Week 10 MLS

    KJ’s Week 1 MLS picks

    2017 record: 0-0 Profit/loss: 0.00 I probably won’t have this many plays during most weeks, but why not come out with a bang for Major League Soccer’s opening weekend? Here goes: Portland Timbers/Minnesota United FC Under 3.0 -130 Risk 65 to win 50 Bookmakers are probably counting on Minnesota...