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…

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…

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…

Professional Soccer Returns to New Britain, Connecticut

Through the addition of six new clubs and the loss of a few others, the American Soccer League is poised to begin the 2016 spring season with 10 teams. Connecticut United FC is among the expansion sides set to join the ASL in the second season of the newest incarnation of that league’s name. The…