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
  • Deltas vs. PRFC

    Multiple teams sign LOIs for 2018 NASL season

    Let’s assume the NASL receives the injunctive relief it hopes for at the upcoming Oct. 31 hearing regarding its federal antitrust lawsuit against the USSF. What then? Turns out, the NASL is locked and loaded to bring in multiple expansion sides. Per documentation provided to Soc Takes, six teams...
  • USSF lawsuit

    SF Deltas and FC Edmonton did not sign letters of commitment for NASL 2018

    As Soc Takes revealed on Twitter yesterday, per the NASL’s USSF application for D2 status (in August), the San Francisco Deltas and FC Edmonton did not sign letters of commitment for the 2018 season. Soc Takes understands that FC Edmonton informed the league that they plan on joining the...
  • Exclusive interview: Jeremy Sampson discusses Lansing United’s move to PDL

    In their press release, NPSL’s Lansing United confirmed that they will be playing in the PDL next season, thereby becoming the first team to swap between the two leagues for next year. Lansing United President/CEO Jeremy Sampson said in the release: “We are honored to be joining the PDL...
  • USSF lawsuit

    How each NASL team voted regarding USSF lawsuit

    Soon after news broke that the NASL had filed a lawsuit against the USSF, it became quickly apparent that not all NASL clubs supported the litigation. Neil Morris, host of the Inverted Triangle Soccer Podcast, revealed that North Carolina FC was not behind this litigation, while our reporting suggested...
  • NPSL owners

    NPSL sends letter of complaint to U.S. Soccer

    The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) has sent a letter of complaint to U.S. Soccer about what they perceive as “continued tampering” with NPSL teams. The letter of complaint was sent during the week of September 25th-29th, 2017. The letter is addressed to Lydia Wahlke, legal counsel for the USSF...
  • NASL

    The NASL’s decision to litigate was not unanimous

    The decision to sue USSF was not unanimous. Yesterday evening, NASL announced that the league was filing a federal antitrust lawsuit against the USSF. While we know that Rocco Commisso is in support of the litigation – based on his statement in the press release – whether or not...
  • Birmingham to USL: ‘Hold my beer and watch this’

    The beautiful game is heading to the Magic City. A story that was initially revealed on Twitter by Soc Takes staff became official on Aug. 8. Recently, we spoke to Birmingham-USL VP and Birmingham Hammers co-founder, Morgan Copes, about how #USL2BHM came to be, and their plans for the...
  • 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....