USL

  • Indy 1 – 2 FC Cincy: talking points

    Indy XI hosted early Eastern conference title contenders, FC Cincinnati at Grand Park yesterday. It was Indy’s first pre-season game of the season and the two teams played out 3×30 minute periods. While FC Cincy was largely at full-strength, Indy XI was missing a number of players who had...
  • Las Vegas Lights FC - Ferrino

    Oy vey: Ferrino’s disastrous night mars LV Lights FC’s debut

    LAS VEGAS — USL expansion club Las Vegas Lights FC had plenty of positives to exit Saturday’s 2-0 loss to the Montreal Impact with. The Lights held the MLS side scoreless in the first half, mostly contained Ignacio Piatti, did some decent work in the defensive and middle thirds...
  • Clause 12b in NASL contract allows easy termination of player contracts

    Recently, we discussed the potentially troubling interpretation of the USL’s player contract in the contract termination of FC Cincinnati’s Tommy Heinemann. From our perspective, the troubling clauses in the USL contract have the potential to be abused to limit the validity of player contracts. Unfortunately, another similar contractual clause exists...
  • USL - player contracts

    One USL club’s player contract contains ‘at any time’ termination clause

    Over the course of the last several years, the U.S. Soccer Federation created an impetus among the leadership of the USL to bring every club into compliance with every FIFA guideline regarding player contracts. As of the end of the 2017 season, USL clubs were more consistently and completely...
  • Tommy Heinemann

    What USL documents tell us about Tommy Heinemann saga

    On Jan. 31, FC Cincinnati terminated the contract of forward Tommy Heinemann. Subsequently, Heinemann’s agent contradicted FC Cincinnati’s version of events and stated that they would “go through formal dispute resolution” to determine whether Heinemann has been wrongly dismissed. In regards to @fccincinnati unilaterally terminating my valid contract today:...
  • Interview with Miami FC CEO Sean Flynn

    On Wednesday, Miami FC announced that they will play a team in the NPSL. This story was originally reported by Soc Takes. Soc Takes reached out to Miami FC CEO Sean Flynn, via email, to ask a few questions about Wednesday’s news: Nipun Chopra – Jacksonville Armada has introduced...
  • Indy Eleven to play at Lucas Oil Stadium

    Report: Indy Eleven to play at Lucas Oil Stadium

    INDIANAPOLIS — After weeks of negotiating a deal to bring the Indy Eleven to Lucas Oil Stadium, the club and the city’s Capital Improvement Board (CIB) have finally come to terms for use of the venue, per a report from WISH-TV on Monday morning citing “a source with knowledge...
  • FC Buffalo

    Soc Takes Pod Ep. 39: NPSL chatter with FC Buffalo’s Nick Mendola

    FC Buffalo co-owner and NBC Sports correspondent Nick Mendola hops on the panel to discuss his club and the NPSL. The focus then switches to the Indy Eleven’s recent signings — or in some cases, not re-signings — before trying to make sense of Mix Diskerud‘s reported four-and-a-half-year deal...
  • Nemanja Vukovic

    Franco, Vukovic latest Indy Eleven roster casualties

    INDIANAPOLIS — As the Indy Eleven’s 2018 roster begins to take shape, one thing is blatantly evident: New head coach Martin Rennie wants an entirely revamped defense. Just days after ex-captain Colin Falvey announced he wouldn’t be returning to the club, fellow defenders Marco Franco and Nemanja Vukovic became...
  • Soc Takes Pod - Neil Morris

    Soc Takes Pod Ep. 38: Martin Rennie discussion with Neil Morris

    Inverted Triangle Soccer Podcast host and WRAL Sports writer Neil Morris returns to the Soc Takes Pod to discuss the Indy Eleven’s hiring of new head coach Martin Rennie. Morris covered Rennie up close and personal from 2009-11 during Rennie’s tenure with the then-Carolina RailHawks. Co-hosts Aaron Gunyon and...
  • Martin Rennie - behind 8 ball

    Indy Eleven well behind 8 ball as season approaches

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indy Eleven have had a busy January. First, the team confirmed a switch to the United Soccer league first reported by Soc Takes’ own Nipun Chopra. A week later, the team announced the head coach that will lead them in the club’s first-ever USL campaign. The...
  • Martin Rennie tactical philosophy

    Tactical Tidbits: Rennie provides glimpse into coaching philosophy

    INDIANAPOLIS — Martin Rennie is already a known commodity in American soccer circles. But he’d also been coaching Seoul E-Land FC in the South Korean second division for the past several years, so who knows what tactical philosophy the 2018 version of Rennie subscribes to? Luckily, the first-year Indy...