USL

  • USSF lawsuit

    SF Deltas and FC Edmonton did not sign letters of commitment for NASL 2018

    As Soc Takes revealed on Twitter yesterday, per the NASL’s USSF application for D2 status (in August), the San Francisco Deltas and FC Edmonton did not sign letters of commitment for the 2018 season. Soc Takes understands that FC Edmonton informed the league that they plan on joining the...
  • Exclusive interview: Jeremy Sampson discusses Lansing United’s move to PDL

    In their press release, NPSL’s Lansing United confirmed that they will be playing in the PDL next season, thereby becoming the first team to swap between the two leagues for next year. Lansing United President/CEO Jeremy Sampson said in the release: “We are honored to be joining the PDL...
  • USSF lawsuit

    Listen: NASL holds conference call on antitrust lawsuit

    The NASL held a conference call Thursday afternoon regarding its federal antitrust lawsuit against the USSF. NASL chairman and New York Cosmos owner Rocco B. Commisso, Winston & Strawn LLP co-executive chairman Jeffrey Kessler and NASL interim commissioner Rishi Sehgal were the speakers. Each made opening remarks before taking...
  • Inverted Triangle Neil Morris

    Soc Takes Pod Ep. 32: Neil Morris chats NASL vs. USSF

    Inverted Triangle podcast host and WRAL writer Neil Morris guests on the Soc Takes Pod panel to talk about the NASL’s federal antitrust lawsuit filed against the U.S. Soccer Federation, as well as his background in sports journalism. LISTEN HERE Support Soc Takes on Patreon for access to patron-only...
  • USSF lawsuit

    NASL sues USSF: Soc Takes contributors weigh in

    The North American Soccer League (NASL) has filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF), the league announced Tuesday. In wake of the news, our contributors linked up to share their opinions on the impending litigation. Bob Williams: Seventy-one pages, 215 points of order and one last...
  • Birmingham to USL: ‘Hold my beer and watch this’

    The beautiful game is heading to the Magic City. A story that was initially revealed on Twitter by Soc Takes staff became official on Aug. 8. Recently, we spoke to Birmingham-USL VP and Birmingham Hammers co-founder, Morgan Copes, about how #USL2BHM came to be, and their plans for the...
  • Soc Takes Pod Ep. 30

    Soc Takes Pod Ep. 30: NASL to lose DII status

    FiftyFive.One managing editor Wes Burdine joins the panel to chat about his story that broke Tuesday regarding the U.S. Soccer Federation’s decision to strip the NASL of Division II status in 2018. The panel discusses the decision’s impact on NASL clubs before analyzing Minnesota United FC’s recent uptick in...
  • Tony Meola

    Golden age of soccer? Q&A with Tony Meola

    A couple weeks back, I was listening to “Counter Attack” on SiriusXM FC while mowing my lawn one evening and Tony Meola — quickly off the top of his head — named a myriad of events that happened in the soccer landscape in the U.S. since the end of...
  • USL expansion rumors for 2019

    Author’s note: Expansion stories keep changing. I have personally been working on this piece since March of this year, and formulating it has been a nightmare. This is the fourth iteration of this expansion piece. Finally, I’ve decided on the format of ranking them by likelihood of USL expansion...
  • 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....
  • NYRB II - John Wolyniec

    Soc Takes Pod Ep. 26: John Wolyniec talks NYRB II, player development

    New York Red Bulls II head coach John Wolyniec chats with the panel about his defending-champion USL club, player development and his lengthy background in the game. LISTEN HERE *** Soc Takes is on Patreon. Get access to patron-only Soc Takes Pod episodes, exclusive written content and tier rewards....
  • VAR

    How will VAR affect the beautiful game?

    With the MLS break now over, the conversation of the incorporation of VAR (Video Assistant Referee) into the game continues to heat up. With both Major League Soccer and the Bundesliga looking to incorporate VAR, it’ll be interesting to look at exactly what the technology is and what it...