NASL

  • NASL antitrust

    NASL retains IP unless buyout clause is paid

    USL v NASL Among the prevailing perceptions about the NASL and USL is that the latter has an ironclad franchise agreement that retains intellectual property, trademarks, and logos of any teams that depart the league. We previously outlined several key provisions of the standard USL franchise agreement. On the...
  • Rishi Sehgal

    Rishi Sehgal discusses pro/rel, NPSL

    “How do you manage to tweet all day?” Rishi Sehgal, interim commissioner of the NASL, teased. Given the trouble the NASL finds itself in, it was a relief to find Sehgal in a jovial mood as we caught up with him via a phone call. Sehgal had just returned...
  • 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...
  • sunil gulati

    Rumor: Sunil Gulati considering not running for USSF president

    Sunil Gulati is considering not running for the office of U.S. Soccer president in February, according to a source close to the situation. Soc Takes could not independently corroborate the information. The Allahabad-born Gulati has served as president of U.S. Soccer since 2006 and currently also serves on the FIFA...
  • NASL antitrust

    USSF attempted to prevent NASL from future antitrust litigation

    As Soc Takes revealed on Twitter last week, the NASL and USSF were in discussions to facilitate a continuation of the league at the D2 level. This story was independently confirmed by former Empire of Soccer editor-in-chief Dave Martinez and Jeff Rueter. Since then, reports from Michael Lewis of Front Row...
  • Preki

    Preki expected to be head coach of Cal United FC

    Soc Takes has learned that Predrag Radosavljević (Preki) is poised to take over as the first head coach of Cal United FC. The nascent club, at present poised to play in the NASL in 2018, was initially expected to begin the season with Eric Wynalda at the helm. Recently, Wynalda...
  • 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...
  • USL franchise agreement

    What USL’s franchise agreement tells us

    Any discussion of the NASL vs. USL “soccerwarz” often sets off mad ideological arguments about the the pro soccer leagues and their “independence.” NASL proponents have long conflated the structures of MLS and the USL as one-in-the-same, when in fact they are very different. MLS employs a single-entity model...
  • calendar shift

    Opinion: U.S. Soccer calendar shift necessary, possible

    Following the United States’ failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, several days of robust discussion took place regarding changes that need to be made to the way the sport of soccer is governed and marketed in the United States. Most of the conversations centered on familiar...
  • Ft. Lauderdale Strikers sale imminent

    Multiple sources have confirmed to Soc Takes that the sale of the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers trademark is imminent. The buyer of the trademark is entrepreneur Mario Noriega, who has, per U.S. Soccer expert and Florida resident Kartik Krishnaiyer, previously attempted to purchase the brand. A source close to the bid...
  • Deltas vs. PRFC

    Multiple teams sign LOIs for 2018 NASL season

    What happens if the NASL receives the injunctive relief it hopes for at the upcoming Oct. 31 hearing regarding its federal antitrust lawsuit against the USSF? Turns out, the NASL is locked and loaded to bring in multiple expansion sides. Per documentation provided to Soc Takes, six teams —...