• part ii

    Project 50/50: Part II

    Welcome back to Project 50/50, my quest to find the best city in every single U.S. state for lower-division professional soccer. The idea is to put together a plan for a market that is theoretically Division 3 compliant, so that the city could join either the NISA or USLD3....
  • 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...
  • Tim Hankinson

    Tim Hankinson era over at Indy Eleven

    INDIANAPOLIS — There were signs that this decision was coming and other indications that a decision had already been made. Either way, the Indy Eleven will attempt to carry on without the services of Tim Hankinson. His contract was set to expire at the end of this month and...
  • Cashman Field

    Las Vegas Lights FC will be Cashman Field’s only tenant in 2019

    If you take a look at Cashman Field, the ballpark where Las Vegas Lights FC is set to play in the 2018 USL season, you may notice that it’s rather square. If you have never done such a thing, here’s a visual aid, consisting of a satellite image of...
  • 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...
  • OKC Energy FC - Nielsen

    OKC Energy FC: Notes on Nielsen’s departure, club’s coaching search

    Oklahoma City Energy FC announced Thursday that it mutually agreed to part with coach Jimmy Nielsen on Thursday. It was a surprising move from a club that was a penalty shootout round away from making its first USL Cup earlier in November. First, a few notes about what happened...