• Greenville

    Greenville Triumph announce 1st-ever academy signings

    Greenville Triumph SC has been full of smiles in its inaugural USL League One campaign. The expansion side currently sits in third place in the table — above the playoff line — and has a game in hand on the three teams immediately beneath it in the standings. And...
  • recommendations

    Check out latest #MerchDay recommendations

    We recently fired off another round of #MerchDay with some help from our friends over at Urban Pitch. #MerchDay is an opportunity for organizations to tweet out links to their online stores so fans can purchase merchandise to support their favorite club, supporters’ group or soccer-related charity. Below are...
  • Big Ten foes

    Butler men, women split doubleheader with Big Ten foes

    INDIANAPOLIS — A Thursday evening doubleheader saw a pair of Big Ten foes visit the Sellick Bowl to face the Butler men’s and women’s squads. The Bulldogs traded victories, with the women falling 2-1 to Illinois in the first match and the men wrapping up the night with a...
  • Week 27

    MLS xG analysis and charts through Week 27

    With the rise of advanced analytics in soccer, expected goals (xG) has become a go-to metric for examining the quality of both clubs and individual players beyond base accumulation stats (goals, assists, etc.). Inspired by Ben Mayhew of Experimental 3-6-1, who utilizes similar statistics for the English Football League,...
  • USL League One

    USL League One set to add 3 West Coast, 1 East Coast clubs

    Three MLS 2 and one independent team will join league in 2020 USL League One — the United Soccer Leagues’ third-division competition — is set to add three Western Conference members and one Eastern Conference member for the league’s sophomore season in 2020. According to sources, three MLS 2...
  • Fort Wayne FC

    Fort Wayne FC becomes 2nd NPSL side in Hoosier State

    Fort Wayne FC (FWFC), based in Fort Wayne, Ind., has become the NPSL’s latest expansion club, the league announced Monday. General manager Greg Mauch is joined in the FWFC front office by a deep ownership group consisting of Dr. Erik Magner, John Bellio, Drew Little, Roy Carver, Steve Bermes,...
  • GSSL

    Monmouth Generals FC reflects on trying 1st season in GSSL

    Forming a new club and taking the pitch for the first time is no small task, no matter what league a team is in. New Jersey-based Monmouth Generals FC wrapped up its inaugural season in the Garden State Soccer League (GSSL) Summer League and learned that harsh lesson firsthand....
  • Psychology

    Psychology in soccer

    “A lot of people say that football has nothing to do with life. I don’t know how much they know about life, but they don’t know anything about football.” That’s how Argentinean winger Angel Di Maria ended a reflexive social media post that echoed beyond his followers. His message...
  • Philadelphia Fury

    Philadelphia Fury players yet to be paid

    Philadelphia Fury players have not received their paychecks yet, per sources with direct knowledge of the situation. The players were expecting to be paid on Aug. 31, and it is not clear when they will receive them. The Philadelphia Fury are a founding member of the new Division III-sanctioned...
  • climate change

    Lower-division soccer must reckon with climate change-related schedule changes

    Currently, Memphis 901 FC personnel are on a 10-hour bus ride back from Charleston. Soc Takes understands that club personnel shared concerns over the likelihood of Hurricane Dorian making landfall on the East Coast of the United States this week. Sources with direct knowledge of the situation informed Soc...
  • Open Cup format

    Rethinking Open Cup format

    Well hello there, Soc Takes. It’s been a while. You may have noticed my as-of-yet unexplained absence the past few months. To make a long story short, I got dumped, took some vacations, got a promotion at work, met a new girl and went to a lot of soccer...
  • 2018 Mayor's International Futsal Cup

    5th-annual Mayor’s International Futsal Cup ready to kick off in downtown Indy

    INDIANAPOLIS — The fifth-annual Mayor’s International Futsal Cup, the largest adult futsal tournament in the United States, returns to the Circle City over Labor Day weekend from Aug. 31-Sept. 2. The tournament takes place outdoors in downtown Indianapolis at 201 North Capitol Avenue, in the shadow of the historic...