Soc Takes

  • 2017 All-America

    Players from Indiana schools well repped on 2017 All-America squads

    NCAA footballers from Indiana-based schools were well represented on the 2017 All-America Teams. Players from Notre Dame, Indiana, Butler and Purdue earned selections. Men’s First Team GK Eric Dick (Butler) D Grant Lillard (Indiana) Men’s Second Team D Andrew Gutman (Indiana) F Jon Gallagher (Notre Dame) Women’s Second Team...
  • Penn FC

    Soc Takes Pod Ep. 35: Division II finals, Preki to Cal, Penn FC

    The panel rambles on about the NASL and USL finals, Preki’s new coaching gig at Cal United FC and the Harrisburg City Islanders’ rebrand to Penn FC. Eventually, the conversation devolves into nuggets like this one regarding a sideline red card: “It was just a classic dick move that...
  • Best XI

    MLS announces 2017 Best XI

    MLS released its annual Best XI for the 2017 season on Thursday. Tim Melia (Sporting KC) earned the nod in net, joined in the back by defenders Kendall Watson (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC) and Ike Opara (Sporting KC). The midfield selections were Miguel Almiron (Atlanta United...
  • NISA

    NISA: 3 cities accepted, 4 need improvements, 1 rejected

    The currently forming National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) provided a status update Friday via a post on its website from league founder Peter Wilt. Three cities have officially been accepted into the league thus far: Miami, Chattanooga and Connecticut. Four others, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Charlotte and Omaha, had their...
  • 3 exhibitions

    Las Vegas Lights FC schedules 3 exhibitions vs. MLS sides

    Las Vegas Lights FC has yet to play a match, but is already causing a stir with some marquee preseason exhibitions lined up for spring 2018. Well, more like the end of winter 2018, but this is the desert we’re talking about, after all. The Sin City-based USL club...
  • Legacy Center Sports Complex - Midwest Pro Soccer Combine

    MPSC announces 2nd crop of players, 1st group of clubs

    The Midwest Pro Soccer Combine, scheduled for Dec. 18-19 at the Legacy Sports Center Complex in Brighton, Mich., announced its second crop of footballers attending the combine Monday. The MPSC also confirmed its first group of professional clubs that’ll be present at the event. The latest wave of players...
  • top-selling jerseys

    Atlanta, Seattle dominate 2017 top-selling MLS jerseys list

    Players from just two clubs, Atlanta United FC and the Seattle Sounders, took up nearly half the spots — 11 of 25 — among the top 25 most sold MLS jerseys in 2017. Five Atlanta players and six Sounders cracked the top 25. Atlanta was particularly well represented at...
  • College Cup

    3 Indiana schools among 48 vying for College Cup

    It’s a little early for March Madness. Luckily, November Madness has arrived. The NCAA released the draw for the 2017 Men’s College Cup on Monday. The two semifinals and final will be held Dec. 8 and Dec. 10, respectively, at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia. Three Indiana teams made...
  • preliminary injuction

    NASL releases statement following denial of preliminary injunction

    The U.S. Soccer Federation’s decision to strip the NASL of its Division II status was upheld, the league learned Saturday. U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York judge Margo Brodie made the ruling after weighing arguments presented by both sides during hearings, ultimately determining that “while...
  • NASL playoffs

    NASL playoffs: The Championship radial bracket

    The 32-match NASL regular season is in the books. Now it’s on to The Championship. The semifinals are set for this Sunday, with No. 1 seed Miami FC hosting the fourth-seeded New York Cosmos at 5 p.m. ET. No. 3 seed North Carolina FC travels west to face the...
  • BIG EAST accolades

    Bulldogs rack up BIG EAST accolades

    Members of the Butler women’s soccer team earned numerous individual distinctions for the team’s success this season, the BIG EAST announced Saturday. Midfield standout Paige Monaghan won Offensive Player of the Year. The junior led the conference in game-winning goals, points per match and goals per match. Defender Annika...
  • 2017 Soc Takes MLS Fantasy

    Congrats to our 2017 Soc Takes MLS Fantasy titlist

    Congratulations to team @NaturalFootyFan for his gutsy final-week rally that earned him the 2017 Soc Takes MLS Fantasy title. Entering the last week of the season, @NaturalFootyFan trailed team gautam0826 by a score of 3,258 to 3,266. But a stellar 102-point week at the death jettisoned @NaturalFootyFan to the...