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
  • 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...
  • NPSL continues

    NPSL continues to expand and aims to prevent exits

      This is part two of our NPSL story. Make sure you check out part one here. Thoughts on D3 The NPSL is preparing for a strong year. The league just kicked off their season with 96 teams, and that number is expected to rise significantly this year, based...
  • Andy Craven joins OKC Energy

    Soc Takes understands that OKC Energy have signed Andy Craven as a trade deal for Danni Konig; as first reported by Soc Takes. The 25-year-old striker heads back to OKC Energy having made just three appearances for FCC. His final appearance against Bethlehem Steel resulted in him being given a four-game...
  • recap via Periscope

    Indy Eleven vs. FC Edmonton postgame Periscope

    INDIANAPOLIS — Join Nipun Chopra for a recap via Periscope of the Indy Eleven’s scoreless draw with FC Edmonton, and a rundown of all the other NASL matches on Saturday: Review of @naslofficial GW. #JAXvNYC #PRFCvNYC #INDvFCE @the_byb @socTakes . Preview #ARSMUN https://t.co/1mbpCBNpVx — Nipun Chopra, PhD (@NipunChopra7) May...
  • NPSL to support full-season play for subset of teams

    More changes to the US Soccer Pyramid are underway. The number one question Joe Barone, director of the National premier soccer league (NPSL) gets asked whenever he’s interviewed is – “Is the NPSL looking to expand into a year-around model?” Until now, his generic answer has been something to...
  • Danni Konig

    Danni Konig likely to sign for FC Cincinnati

    With forwards Andy Craven and Djiby suspended, FC Cincinnati are poised to sign Danni Konig from OKC Energy FC. While the contract has not been finalized, Soc Takes understands negotiations are at an advanced stage and are likely to be completed this weekend or early next week. Konig will...
  • Brandon Poltronieri

    Indy Eleven add two new players

    INDIANAPOLIS — Soc Takes has learned that once-Costa Rican U-20 international Brandon Poltronieri and ex-Bayern Munich youth product Jason Plumhoff have signed contracts with Indy Eleven. Poltronieri and Plumhoff are primarily midfielders, although both are capable of playing other positions; Poltronieri as a left back, while Plumhoff has played in attacking...
  • Jacksonville Armada FC

    Jacksonville Armada FC vs. Indy Eleven postgame Periscope

    Jacksonville Armada FC and the Indy Eleven played to a 1-1 draw Saturday, allowing the former to remain atop the NASL table. Check out Nipun’s post-match thoughts via Periscope: LIVE on #Periscope: Review of #JAXvIND , #PRFCvNCFC . #MUFC #NASL chat https://t.co/9oFfMHGzDu — Nipun Chopra, PhD (@NipunChopra7) April 30,...
  • Soc Takes Pod

    Indy Eleven vs. San Francisco Deltas postgame Periscope

    Nipun Chopra shares his thoughts via Periscope on the nil-nil draw between the Indy Eleven and San Francisco Deltas. Watch: Indy Eleven v San Fran Deltas recap. Plus #NASL chat. https://t.co/akflUpotTD — Nipun Chopra, PhD (@NipunChopra7) April 22, 2017 You can follow Soc Takes on Twitter @SocTakes....
  • 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...
  • Tommy Heinemann

    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...
  • Indy Eleven updates

    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...