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
  • Indy 1 – 2 FC Cincy: talking points

    Indy XI hosted early Eastern conference title contenders, FC Cincinnati at Grand Park yesterday. It was Indy’s first pre-season game of the season and the two teams played out 3×30 minute periods. While FC Cincy was largely at full-strength, Indy XI was missing a number of players who had...
  • Clause 12b in NASL contract allows easy termination of player contracts

    Recently, we discussed the potentially troubling interpretation of the USL’s player contract in the contract termination of FC Cincinnati’s Tommy Heinemann. From our perspective, the troubling clauses in the USL contract have the potential to be abused to limit the validity of player contracts. Unfortunately, another similar contractual clause exists...
  • Exclusive: Discussions planned regarding new, unsanctioned professional soccer league

    As originally reported by Soc Takes contributor Kartik Krishnaiyer, this weekend, Jacksonville Armada owner Robert Palmer will meet with interested owners about launching an unsanctioned league. Sunday @JaxArmadaFC owner Robert Palmer will convene a "Division Zero" Task Force meeting in Orlando. Among the topics to be discussed are how...
  • Tommy Heinemann

    What USL documents tell us about Tommy Heinemann saga

    On Jan. 31, FC Cincinnati terminated the contract of forward Tommy Heinemann. Subsequently, Heinemann’s agent contradicted FC Cincinnati’s version of events and stated that they would “go through formal dispute resolution” to determine whether Heinemann has been wrongly dismissed. In regards to @fccincinnati unilaterally terminating my valid contract today:...
  • Interview with Miami FC CEO Sean Flynn

    On Wednesday, Miami FC announced that they will play a team in the NPSL. This story was originally reported by Soc Takes. Soc Takes reached out to Miami FC CEO Sean Flynn, via email, to ask a few questions about Wednesday’s news: Nipun Chopra – Jacksonville Armada has introduced...
  • Miami FC

    Miami FC to play in NPSL in 2018

    As the Beckham-Miami group is scheduled to announce their MLS expansion news on Monday, Miami FC is expected to make an announcement of their own. Miami FC will field a team in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) during the league’s 2018 season which runs from March through August....
  • Paul Dalglish

    Paul Dalglish appointed head coach of Miami FC

    This morning, Miami FC are expected to announce Paul Dalglish as their next head coach. The team – widely considered to be one of the strongest in lower division soccer – is currently still scheduled to play in the NASL. Dalglish – the son of Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish...
  • Jax Armada to honor remaining player contracts, include option for players to leave

    As the NASL awaits the court’s decision, all the uncertainty has certainly affected players and front office personnel negatively. In a letter sent to the 10 remaining players on the Jacksonville Armada roster, team owner Robert Palmer has attempted to ameliorate some of their concerns by declaring that they...
  • Mark Lowry - potential head coaches

    Indy Eleven narrow down list of potential head coaches

    As the news of Indy Eleven to the United Soccer League (USL) became official, priorities immediately changed to the search for a new coach to replace Tim Hankinson, whose contract was not renewed by the club. While Indy owner Ersal Ozdemir confirmed on Twitter that the search for candidates was...
  • Jacksonville

    Evidence of another bidder in Jacksonville

    During his press conference today, Robert Palmer, owner of Jacksonville Armada FC, suggested that a USL ownership group had been interested in playing in Jacksonville — one that was also attempting to secure Hodges Stadium as its stadium of choice. Interesting tidbit from Palmer around the time of his...
  • Eamon Zayed - Indy Eleven - Lucas Oil Stadium

    Indy Eleven to join USL, likely to play at Lucas Oil Stadium

    INDIANAPOLIS — Multiple sources inform Soc Takes that Indy Eleven will play in the United Soccer League (USL) during the 2018 season. The decision was finalized this morning (Jan. 5) and is expected to be announced late next week by USL, along with the USL schedule for the 2018...
  • Main Street Greens

    Meet the Main Street Greens, lower-division soccer’s 1st LGBTQ supporters’ group

    American soccer in the United States is a rapidly growing sport. In its current iteration, appropriate questions are being asked about the loudest voices – regarding both fans and journalists – in the rapidly changing narrative of American soccer. A quick perusal of prominent supporter groups and fan sites...