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
  • NASL antitrust

    NASL retains IP unless buyout clause is paid

    USL v NASL Among the prevailing perceptions about the NASL and USL is that the latter has an ironclad franchise agreement that retains intellectual property, trademarks, and logos of any teams that depart the league. We previously outlined several key provisions of the standard USL franchise agreement. On the...
  • USASA

    USASA to institute new standards

    While the NASL is fighting to abolish professional league standards (PLS), the organization overseeing amateur soccer in the country — the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) — is about to institute a new set of standards of its own. Standards facilitating a tiered system that would sequester leagues...
  • Rishi Sehgal

    Rishi Sehgal discusses pro/rel, NPSL

    “How do you manage to tweet all day?” Rishi Sehgal, interim commissioner of the NASL, teased. Given the trouble the NASL finds itself in, it was a relief to find Sehgal in a jovial mood as we caught up with him via a phone call. Sehgal had just returned...
  • sunil gulati

    Rumor: Sunil Gulati considering not running for USSF president

    Sunil Gulati is considering not running for the office of U.S. Soccer president in February, according to a source close to the situation. Soc Takes could not independently corroborate the information. The Allahabad-born Gulati has served as president of U.S. Soccer since 2006 and currently also serves on the FIFA...
  • NASL antitrust

    USSF attempted to prevent NASL from future antitrust litigation

    As Soc Takes revealed on Twitter last week, the NASL and USSF were in discussions to facilitate a continuation of the league at the D2 level. This story was independently confirmed by former Empire of Soccer editor-in-chief Dave Martinez and Jeff Rueter. Since then, reports from Michael Lewis of Front Row...
  • Jimmy Nielsen resigns as coach of OKC Energy

    Multiple sources inform Soc Takes that Energy FC head coach Jimmy Nielsen has left the Oklahoma City club, taking his staff – Mark Howard, Chris Spendlove and James Ritchie – with him. The Energy enjoyed a strong second half of the USL season, propagating them to the semifinal of...
  • Preki

    Preki expected to be head coach of Cal United FC

    Soc Takes has learned that Predrag Radosavljević (Preki) is poised to take over as the first head coach of Cal United FC. The nascent club, at present poised to play in the NASL in 2018, was initially expected to begin the season with Eric Wynalda at the helm. Recently, Wynalda...
  • Ft. Lauderdale Strikers sale imminent

    Multiple sources have confirmed to Soc Takes that the sale of the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers trademark is imminent. The buyer of the trademark is entrepreneur Mario Noriega, who has, per U.S. Soccer expert and Florida resident Kartik Krishnaiyer, previously attempted to purchase the brand. A source close to the bid...
  • Deltas vs. PRFC

    Multiple teams sign LOIs for 2018 NASL season

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

    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...
  • NASL antitrust

    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...