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
  • New Division III league begins to take shape

    THE SET UP An ecological niche is the response of an organism and/or species to changes in its environment. If an apex predator (a lion, for example) loses numbers rapidly, a new predator (a wolf) might dominate that niche. Or, alternatively, the population of the prey species (deer) might...
  • NASL’s Top 3 for GW3

    Tommy Heinemann Two years ago, Heinemann was hot property. On the back of a 15-goal season with then-league runners up Ottawa Fury, Heinemann was sought-after by many NASL and USL clubs. Last season, partly due to the signing of Joe Cole, Heinemann found himself rarely playing 90′ at Rowdies, and...
  • Unclear Atlanta situation shows clarity in NASL’s new vetting process

    Background As the fable goes, when the clock struck midnight, shit hit the fan. Cinderella lost a shoe, almost lost the love of her life and something about a pumpkin. Moral of that story was: don’t count down to anything. Per the original website, Atlanta was scheduled to make a...
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Two Swedes, two genius pieces of business for Man United

    Since Zlatan Ibrahimovic signed for Manchester United, his prolific goal scoring record has rightly earned comparisons with famous Man United strikers of the Premier League era such as Ruud van Nistelrooy, Robin van Persie, Andy Cole and even Eric Cantona. However, the more you examine it, some incredible similarities...
  • Gameweek 2 – NASL Top 3

      Ten goals were scored during an exciting gameweek 2 in the NASL. Three players stood out from the rest this week, and all three have connections to Indy XI. Soc Takes presents its top 3 of gameweek 2: 1. Justin Braun – If not for a controversial offside goal, Justin “Bieber”...
  • Turkish Airlines and Honda to sponsor Indy Eleven’s kits

    Turkish Airlines (TA) happens to be this author’s favorite international airline. Having flown TA back and forth from Chicago to Delhi, via Istanbul, I can tell you that its service is top-notch. But, TA does not fly into Indianapolis. Yet, a source close to the deal confirms that Indy XI has signed...
  • PRFC

    For now, everything fine with PRFC and its federation

    Puerto Rico FC has had a troubled offseason. First, there was the offseason NASL situation, followed by an initial denial of entry into the CFU championships. And then recent reports emerged suggesting PRFC might not be able to play the NASL season due to the possible suspension of the...
  • Brickyard Battalion

    Indy Eleven v SF Deltas to be broadcast on Twitter

    With five days until Indy Eleven’s first game of the season, away to league-debutant San Francisco Deltas, many here in Indy have been wondering if the game will be available for viewing on TV and/or streaming. Soc Takes has learned that the game will be broadcast live on Twitter!  “We’re...
  • Part II: SF Deltas CEO Brian Helmick interview

    In the second part of our conversation, we focus on the the upcoming changes to the NASL, as well as Brian’s own role in catalyzing those changes. Make sure to check out part one. NC – A lot of the weight of expectation is on you. As someone who is...
  • SF Deltas CEO Brian Helmick speaks with Soc Takes

    Brian Andres Helmick, CEO of San Francisco Deltas, is passionate, humble and aware. Passionate about the beautiful game and the platform for social progress it provides. Humble about what he’s already achieved by bringing professional soccer to the Bay area. Aware of what he’s up against – specifically the challenges...
  • Interview with Trey Brantley, CEO of Atlanta’s men’s and NWSL team

    SocTakes was able to speak to Trey Brantley about the history, current status and future plans of the Atlanta men’s and NWSL teams. Check out our article last week where we discussed the plausibility of the bid. Nipun Chopra: Tell me about the role you have within the organization...
  • Jairo Puerto

    Jairo Puerto signs for Puerto Rico FC

    Jairo Puerto will be wearing orange next year. The 28-year-old winger was announced as PRFC’s latest signing this morning by the club. PRFC have a wealth of talent in attacking options — the likes of Sidney Rivera, Jorge Rivera, Giuseppe Gentile, Walter Ramirez and Jordi Quintilla. The San Francisco...
  • Atlanta 2018: You’re telling me there’s a chance

    On February 22nd, a website promoting professional soccer in Atlanta went live prompting questions about the need/likely success of a putative team in the city. Specifically, concerns were raised about the history of Atlanta Silverbacks, the emergence of Atlanta United and which league the team would be playing in. Soc...
  • Rayo OKC’s turf being tested at MCU park

    Remember Rayo OKC’s turf last season? It is singularly owned by Mr. Sean Jones – minority owner of Rayo OKC – as Rayo Vallecano declined to pay for any portion of the cost. Jones has been paying for the 96 pallets of turf for about a year now. They’ve...
  • Man United move onto next round of UEFA Cup

    An early Henrikh Mkhitaryan goal was enough to send high-flying Manchester United through to the next round of the UEFA Cup. On the back of a sturdy 3-0 result at Old Trafford last week, United rotated their squad somewhat, with an eye toward the end of the week’s cup...
  • Puerto Rico FC coach Adrian Whitbread looks ahead to new season

    This is part three of our series covering Puerto Rico FC’s preparation for the upcoming season. Check out part one — Soc Takes’ interview with PRFC president Tom Payne and part two — Soc Takes’ interview with striker Sidney Rivera. Having spoken with Adrian, Tom and Sidney, and observed their movement...
  • Sidney Rivera

    Q&A with Puerto Rico FC forward Sidney Rivera

    After toiling at stops at Orlando City SC and Louisville City FC, Puerto Rico FC striker Sidney Rivera started coming into his own last season. The 23-year-old front man netted three goals across 16 regular season appearances — just nine of which were starts — for PRFC in 2016,...
  • John Harkes

    FC Cincinnati GM Jeff Berding wins his battle against John Harkes

    In 1996, John Harkes was named “captain for life” by then-U.S. national team coach Steve Sampson. In 1998, he was dropped from the team under mysterious circumstances. Over the next decade, via published books, rumors and mutual slandering, salacious reasons appeared to underlie the separation between Sampson and his once-beloved pupil....
  • PRFC, Puerto Rico FC

    Puerto Rico FC president Tom Payne discusses new season

    Soc Takes was thrilled to be able to interview Puerto Rico FC president, Tom Payne, this week. This is a largely unedited transcript of our interview, except for a small portion that was excised for an upcoming article about player signings. Make sure you read Bob Williams’ excellent earlier interview with...