• bulldogs irish final

    Bulldogs open season with hard-earned draw at No. 18 Irish

    Butler began its 2017 campaign with a trying 0-0 road draw in double overtime at No. 18 Notre Dame on Friday evening. Junior forward Paige Monaghan sparked the attack for the Bulldogs, producing four of the visitors’ six shots. In the defensive third, Butler withstood 15 Notre Dame attempts....
  • Butler men's soccer

    Butler shakes off cobwebs in scoreless exhibition opener

    INDIANAPOLIS — After a decorated 2016 campaign that saw the team claim the Big East title, Butler entered this season with lofty expectations. The Bulldogs kicked off their season Saturday at the Sellick Bowl with an exhibition match against Michigan and showed flashes of brilliance, but on the whole...
  • 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...
  • Halle Stelbasky

    Halle Stelbasky stays hot in Bulldogs’ 2nd exhibition win

    INDIANAPOLIS — The stats don’t even count yet, but Halle Stelbasky isn’t wasting any time finding her midseason form. The Butler striker scored to help carry her team to a 3-1 win against an overmatched Morehead State side Friday afternoon at the Sellick Bowl. The Bulldogs were dominant from...
  • Ben Fisk

    Ben Fisk due for another CanMNT call-up?

    INDIANAPOLIS — After mustering a measly 13 points in 16 NASL spring matches, FC Edmonton desperately needed a kick-start. A not-so-unlikely source provided one in the fall opener, though it wasn’t enough to avoid disappointment once again in the form of a 2-1 home loss to the Indy Eleven....
  • NASL branding

    Newest generic NASL branding: California United FC

    When the group bringing NASL soccer to San Francisco announced their branding on Jan. 30, 2016, I remember thinking “this is the most corporate, boring, design-by-committee crest in soccer.” And at the time it was, by miles. However, the ownership group behind the long-rumored Orange County team decided to...
  • 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...
  • Marco Stiepermann

    Norwich City inks ‘creative’ German midfielder Marco Stiepermann

    Norwich City FC have signed versatile midfielder Marco Stiepermann from 2. Bundesliga side VfL Bochum, the club announced Sunday. Stiepermann joins the Canaries on a three-year deal for an undisclosed sum, locking up the 26-year-old’s services until mid-2020. “I’ve seen the city here and it’s very nice,” Stiepermann said...
  • 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....
  • NPSL semifinals

    Staff predictions: NPSL semifinals

    Four clubs will take the pitch Saturday in the NPSL national semifinals, two of which will punch their tickets to the final. CD Aguiluchos USA visits the Elm City Express in the first semifinal at 7 p.m. ET, while Detroit City FC hosts Midland-Odessa FC in the other with...
  • Indy Eleven goal celebration

    Supporter’s multi-day road trip inspires Indy win in Edmonton

    Hardcore Indy Eleven supporter Tony Hebenstreit had done this before, six times to be exact. But something about this time was different — way different. Maybe it was the distance; maybe it was the result; maybe it was everything. Hebenstreit decided to do the unthinkable: drive from Indianapolis to...
  • 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...