USL

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
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    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...
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    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...
  • Jimmy Nielsen resigns as coach of OKC Energy

    Multiple sources inform Soc Takes that Energy FC head coach Jimmy Nielsen has left the Oklahoma City club, taking his staff – Mark Howard, Chris Spendlove and James Ritchie – with him. The Energy enjoyed a strong second half of the USL season, propagating them to the semifinal of...
  • Harrisburg City Islanders

    Harrisburg City Islanders to be sold and rebranded?

    Recently, a website for “Penn FC” was posted to the USL subreddit, along with speculation that the Harrisburg City Islanders might become Penn FC for 2018. If we dig a little deeper, the signs look a lot stronger. For one, if you remove the “under construction” element, you get the...
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    USL playoffs: USL Cup radial bracket

    With Louisville City FC and the Swope Park Rangers squaring off for the USL Cup tonight, it’s time to unveil the USL Cup radial bracket: Follow John on Twitter: @JohnMLTX. Support Soc Takes on Patreon for access to patron-only Soc Takes Pod episodes, exclusive written content and tier rewards. Click here to...
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    Swope Park to change stadiums in 2018

    United Soccer League club Swope Park will not return to Swope Soccer Village and is exploring stadium options for the 2018 season. The club, which MLS club Sporting Kansas City owns and operates, is working with the league to meet the United States Soccer Federation’s Division II requirements. Swope...
  • gallery

    Gallery: Louisville City FC vs. NYRB II

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville City FC outlasted New York Red Bulls II by a final score of 1-1 (4-3) to win the USL Eastern Conference title Saturday in an edge-of-your-seat penalty shootout at Louisville Slugger Field. LouCity will now host the Swope Park Rangers in the USL championship game...
  • Déjà vu

    Déjà vu with different ending for Louisville City FC in conference final

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It felt like déjà vu. It mostly was until the very end. Louisville City FC and New York Red Bulls II met in the playoffs last year at Red Bull Arena, which ended in a 1-1 scoreline and NYRB II advancing on penalties. With a spot...