Nipun Chopra

Nipun divides his time between his two great loves - neuroscience and soccer. You can find him discussing both of those, as well as regular updates (pupdates) on his wonderful doggo, Octavia on Twitter. Get in touch with feedback/story suggestions at @NipunChopra7 or nipun.chopra@SocTakes.com
  • NPSL owners

    Multiple NPSL owners favor full-season play

    Back in May, an exclusive interview with NPSL director Joe Barone revealed that the NPSL was looking to imminently institute full-season play. Since that time, a lot has changed in the American soccer stratosphere, including the possibility of two Division 3 leagues, litigation surrounding the instituting of promotion-relegation, etc. Soc Takes...
  • USL expansion rumors for 2019

    Author’s note: Expansion stories keep changing. I have personally been working on this piece since March of this year, and formulating it has been a nightmare. This is the fourth iteration of this expansion piece. Finally, I’ve decided on the format of ranking them by likelihood of USL expansion...
  • NISA

    A comparison between NISA and USL D3

    In March, Brian Straus of Sports Illustrated revealed that 2019 would see the formation of a new league — a yet-to-be-named USL Division 3 league. USL has been very transparent with its expansion process so far. Visits to Lexington, Des Moines, Lansing, Fort Wayne, etc., have occurred in the public domain....
  • Carmelo Anthony

    Tom Payne optimistic and critical toward NASL and own club, Puerto Rico FC

    Puerto Rico FC has had a difficult year. Off-field issues have combined with poor performances on-field. Before the kickoff of Puerto Rico’s first fall season game against North Carolina FC, Soc Takes caught up with PRFC president Tom Payne to discuss the health of the NASL, the search for...
  • Ivan Rakitic

    The feel-good story you missed: Rakitic visits Des Moines, Iowa

    FC Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic regularly plays at the Nou Camp; a magnificent and historic stadium that can hold just under 100,000 people. 7500 miles away sits Des Moines, Iowa with a population of 200,000. In other words, half the population of Des Moines could fit in the Nou Camp....
  • Dayton Dynamo FC

    Gallery: Dayton Dynamo FC and FC Buffalo draw in 3-3 shootout

    DAYTON, Ohio — Dayton Dynamo FC and FC Buffalo settled for a 3-3 draw after a wild, five-goal second half last Sunday at Roger Glass Stadium. Here’s a video of Dayton fans reveling in the thriller and some photos from the NPSL contest: Shout out to the @GemCitySquadron who have...
  • Bob Funk

    Update on OKC Energy’s stadium and MLS plans

    Bob Funk Jr. and his co-owner Tim McLaughlin do not make snap judgments. Just a few weeks ago, it seemed likely that Funk’s OKC Energy club would be building a new home in the Bricktown area of Oklahoma City. The site was a 40-acre mill called Producers Cooperative Oil...
  • Exclusive: San Francisco FC a potential USL team in 2019

    Nipun Chopra – Thanks for speaking to Soc Takes, Jordan. We understand you have information you’d like to share with everyone. Jordan Gardner – Yes, we have applied for an USL expansion franchise in San Francisco to kickoff in Spring 2019. We’re still looking at venue sites in the...
  • Totti

    New York Cosmos: Three strikers in, one striker out?

    As Calciomercato.com reported on June 1st, NY Cosmos may hijack Totti’s possible move to Miami FC. Soc Takes understands that Cosmos are indeed interested in signing the Italian legend, but have not yet approached him directly. Currently, the club seem to simply be ascertaining Totti’s level of interest in Cosmos based...
  • Potential South Oklahoma City/Norman team in the NPSL

    The background When Soc Takes spoke to NPSL chairman Joe Barone, he recognized that NPSL has a heavier presence on the coasts than it does in the central time zone. Currently, there is no NPSL team in Oklahoma City (a team in nearby Tulsa – Tulsa Athletic – has...
  • postgame Periscope

    Indy Eleven vs. Miami FC postgame Periscope

    Nipun does a postgame Periscope to analyze everything that happened on the pitch this weekend in the NASL. Watch: Talking @naslofficial gameweek. Focus on #INDvMIA . #SFDvJAX #PRFCvNCFC . Also, #MUFC chat & changes at #PRFC. @the… https://t.co/m2hLHNGK5O — Nipun Chopra, PhD (@NipunChopra7) May 21, 2017 You can follow...
  • Indy Forever

    The sky isn’t falling for Indy XI

    Guys, after having slept on it, let’s have some perspective. The sky is not falling down. As an eternal pessimist, I’m in this weird role where I feel that some of the reaction to the game has been too negative. We all care about this club, and your opinion...