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Richmond Kickers and FC Cincinnati Play to Stalemate

Third place in the USL Eastern Conference was on the line on Saturday night when the Richmond Kickers hosted FC Cincinnati at City Stadium. A second half goal by Sunny Jane looked to be enough to push the Kickers ahead of the visitors in the standings, but Andrew Weideman’s late equalizer maintained Cincinnati’s three-point cushion. The 1-1 draw repeated…

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Richmond Kickers & FC Cincinnati to Finish Season Series

The Richmond Kickers host FC Cincinnati at City Stadium at 7:00 PM EST on Saturday. It is the biggest game in the USL Eastern Conference this weekend. FC Cincinnati enters the weekend in third place with 41 points through 21 games. The fourth-place Kickers trail Cincinnati by only 3 points. The winner will strengthen its…

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USL Discipline Report: Week 20

USL News Release, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 TAMPA, Fla. – The following is the USL’s discipline report for Week 20 of the 2016 season: Fifteen players and an assistant coach have been suspended and fined an undisclosed amount for their actions this past week. The LA Galaxy II’s Adonis Amaya was issued a two-game suspension…

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AFC Cleveland Earns NPSL Championship over Sonoma County Sol FC

  AFC Cleveland hosted Sonoma County Sol FC in the 2016 NPSL Final at Alumni Field in Independence, Ohio on Saturday evening. The match was well-contested by the two teams and left a sizable crowd purring after the final whistle. The home side claimed the championship trophy with a 4-2 win, but it took nearly the…

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USL Discipline Report: Week 19

USL News Release, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 TAMPA, Fla. – The following is the USL’s discipline report for Week 19 of the 2016 season: Eleven players, a head coach and two assistant coaches have been both suspended and fined an undisclosed amount for their actions this past week, and two other fines have been issued…

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Aztex & Hammerheads Out for 2017 USL Season

When the 2017 USL Competition Proposal became public, Scratching the Pitch extrapolated what that might look like in terms of team composition and conference alignment. Some reports that have emerged since the USL midseason meetings have validated some hypotheses, while other news raises new questions. Wilmington Hammerheads FC Planning to Go on Hiatus As if losing…

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Charleston Rallies to Grab Point at Cincinnati

The Charleston Battery came to Nippert Stadium on Saturday night hoping to leap over FC Cincinnati to third place in the USL Eastern Conference standings. After a scoreless first half, the teams traded goals in the second, resulting in a 1-1 draw. Both teams earned a point to stand pat in the table. FC Cincinnati…

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Investors Back Away from NASL in SoCal

Since its reincarnation at the beginning of the decade, the NASL has striven to achieve recognition alongside MLS in the top flight of American soccer. The NASL has asserted that the United States Soccer Federation has worked to preserve MLS’s status as the only first-division soccer league by changing the requirements for sanctioning. The complaint may be legitimate, but…

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USL Discipline Report: Week 18

USL News Release, Wednesday, July 27, 2016 TAMPA, Fla. – The following is the USL’s discipline report for Week 18 of the 2016 season: Seven players and an assistant coach have been suspended and fined an undisclosed amount for their actions this past week. New York Red Bulls II midfielder Stefano Bonomo was issued a…

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Proposed 2017 USL Competition Structure

USL will hold its annual summer meetings on Thursday, July 28 in conjunction with the MLS All-Star game in San Jose. The convocation of team officials and USL executives provides a forum for assorted league topics to be presented and discussed in a formal setting. A USL news release lists league expansion, 2017 competition structure,…