NPSL Preseason Primer on Three Western New York Clubs

And so one became two and two became three… FC Buffalo was Western New York’s sole representative in the National Premier Soccer League in 2015. Rochester Riverdogz FC (now the Lancers) joined the league in 2016, and this upcoming season sees Syracuse FC join the fray. The three clubs are inextricably linked by more than…

ASL General Managers Reflect on League’s Professionalism

Throughout the summer, Scratching the Pitch documented several problems with the American Soccer League and questioned the idea that it upholds professional standards. A former general manager for a team in the ASL, who did not want his name attached to the quotes he provided, told StP about some of the same issues swirling around the ASL…

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…

ASL Professionalism from Players’ Perspectives

Imagine yourself as a high performing player through high school and a lower level NCAA program (possibly with a stop at a junior college in between). Imagine that coaches have told you throughout your career that you have something special in your game and you’ve heard American soccer pundits speculate that the best diamonds in…

Rochester 1-1 Erie Commodores: Riverdogz Earn First Point at Home

While the Riverdogz earned their first result at home, the team settled for a draw from a winning position against Erie Commodores. Rochester came into Friday night’s contest holding a 1-3-1 record, but had suffered 2-1 losses in each of their previous home games. Erie traveled up to Western New York with a 1-2-1 record…

Rochester 1-2 AFC Cleveland: River Dogz Drop Home Opener

A large crowd showed up on the campus of SUNY Brockport to watch Rochester River Dogz FC host AFC Cleveland on Friday night. The excitement before kick-off was palpable with family, friends, and soccer fans mingling between area food trucks and the performing Downbeat Percussion drum line. AFC Cleveland, who won the Great Lakes Conference…

American Soccer League Stutters in its Second Season

On Tuesday afternoon, May 3, IFK Maryland announced that its game scheduled for Saturday, May 7, against New England FC had been cancelled due to “NE’s recent ASL suspension.” This suspension would be just the latest in a long line of mismanaged teams in the American Soccer League, which is in its second full season. The American…