NASL

  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Rishi Sehgal

    Rishi Sehgal to continue as NASL interim commissioner for fall season

    Rishi Sehgal is to continue as North American Soccer League interim commissioner for the remainder of the 2017 campaign, Soc Takes understands. NASL owners are happy with the status quo in the league’s front office — with Keith Bruce also as executive consultant — effectively putting the search for a...
  • indy eleven mid-season friendly

    No midseason friendly for Indy Eleven in 2017

    INDIANAPOLIS — After scheduling marquee summer friendlies in each of the past two years against Liga MX clubs, the Indy Eleven will not play a mid-season friendly in 2017. Hat tip to reddit user silkysmoothjay, who posed the question after many supporters had already assumed there wouldn’t be a...
  • Clarke Stadium - Division 2 attendance

    Division 2 attendance: ‘A Game of Four Tables’

    Through the end of the NASL spring season and roughly halfway through the USL season, we have plenty of meaningful attendance data to overanalyze, from which I’ve drawn an interesting few conclusions and issued some mostly meaningless awards. Let’s start off with the NASL spring season. The “The Miami...
  • Miami-Cincy

    Soc Takes Pod Ep. 24: Miami-Cincy preview, Eleven-Cosmos recap

    The panel discusses the penultimate week of the NASL spring season in which Miami FC clinched the spring title with a 7-0 destruction of the San Francisco Deltas. The upcoming U.S. Open Cup match between Miami FC and FC Cincinnati also gets heavily previewed. LISTEN HERE Soc Takes is...
  • recap via Periscope

    Soc Takes Pod Ep. 22: Eleven-Cosmos preview

    The fellas talk about their trip to the Indy Eleven training grounds ahead of Tuesday’s match at the New York Cosmos. They also revisit the SF soccer scene and discuss all the latest stories at SocTakes.com. LISTEN HERE Soc Takes is now on Patreon. Support the staff while getting...
  • Omaha

    Opinion: Omaha ready for high-level soccer

    Omaha has a vibrant soccer scene On a warm spring evening in Omaha, Neb., there were roughly 5,000 people in attendance at Creighton University’s Morrison Stadium, the site of the state soccer tournament. Creighton Prep defeated Kearney, and Westside High School beat Millard South to set up a very...
  • Exclusive: San Francisco FC a potential USL team in 2019

    Nipun Chopra – Thanks for speaking to Soc Takes, Jordan. We understand you have information you’d like to share with everyone. Jordan Gardner – Yes, we have applied for an USL expansion franchise in San Francisco to kickoff in Spring 2019. We’re still looking at venue sites in the...