USL

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Bob Funk

    Update on OKC Energy’s stadium and MLS plans

    Bob Funk Jr. and his co-owner Tim McLaughlin do not make snap judgments. Just a few weeks ago, it seemed likely that Funk’s OKC Energy club would be building a new home in the Bricktown area of Oklahoma City. The site was a 40-acre mill called Producers Cooperative Oil...
  • 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...
  • Mitch Hildebrandt

    Mitch Hildebrandt’s heroics help FC Cincinnati upset another MLS foe

    CINCINNATI — The Chicago Fire knew nabbing a win at Nippert Stadium in front of an expected crowd of 30,000-plus on an unfamiliar pitch wouldn’t be a cakewalk. They couldn’t have been more correct. After 90 minutes and 30 more of stoppage time, FC Cincinnati prevailed over Chicago in...
  • Nippert Stadium

    Video: Roar of 30K FC Cincinnati supporters at Nippert Stadium

    CINCINNATI — FC Cincinnati supporters packed Nippert Stadium in droves for the club’s 1-nil U.S. Open Cup win over big brother Columbus Crew SC in the “Hell Is Real Derby.” After a frenetic few minutes of stoppage time, the home side held on to advance to face the Chicago...
  • Hell Is Real Derby

    FC Cincinnati douses Columbus Crew SC in ‘Hell Is Real Derby’

    CINCINNATI — When MLS’ Columbus Crew SC and the USL’s FC Cincinnati meet it’s called the “Hell Is Real Derby” for a reason. And no, it’s not just because of an awkward billboard that displays the phrase on Interstate 71 between the two Ohio cities. OK, so it is, but...