AFC Cleveland Topples Des Moines in USOC 2017

This article is reprinted with permission and encouragement of AFC Cleveland. The AFC Cleveland Royals defeated the Des Moines Menace 3-1 on a wild, entertaining night of soccer between two of the NPSL and PDL’s finest. Both teams traded chances throughout the match, and were kept in the game by excellent goalkeeping performances, but the…

Peaceful Transition of Power at Cincinnati Dutch Lions

The Cincinnati Dutch Lions have made changes to the top of their organizational structure ahead of their fourth season in the Premier Development League. Local businessmen Hans Philippo and Robert Rack have joined the ownership group. Sid van Druenen has been named as the club’s technical director. Philippo, owner of Holland Roofing Inc. and other companies,…

Dutch Lions Draw at Home Against Kokomo

In the second half of a Dayton Dutch Lions FC doubleheader, the Dutch Lions men took on Kokomo Mantis FC at DOC Stadium in West Carrollton, OH. The match featured entertainment from the delivery of the game ball via a skydiving team until a near game-winning goal at full time. When all was said and…

Dayton Dutch Lions Fall to KW United FC

Dayton Dutch Lions FC hosted KW United FC at DOC Stadium in West Carrollton, OH on Friday evening. Dayton had battled their Cincinnati namesakes to a 1-1 draw last week, but knew that KW United presented an entirely different challenge. With the defending USL PDL champions coming to town, the Dutch Lions needed to play…

USL in Detroit Hinges on Soccer Specific Stadium

Dan Duggan owns and operates the Michigan Bucks, one of the more successful amateur soccer teams in the USL PDL. He also has ambitions of placing a professional USL franchise in Detroit. The target is to begin play in USL in 2016 with hopes that it might lead to Major League Soccer for the Motor City…

Traveling to Derby City with Dayton Dutch Lions FC

Scratching the Pitch was invited by Dayton Dutch Lions FC head coach Patrick Bal to travel with the team to a PDL match against Derby City Rovers. What follows is a description of the match and a narrative that attempts to show what life is like on the road in the amateur soccer league. 1:30…

Double Dutch Treat

The men and women of Dayton Dutch Lions FC participated in a double-header on Saturday evening at DOC Stadium in West Carrollton. In the early match, the women remained undefeated and atop the W-League Southeastern Conference by drawing level with the Charlotte Lady Eagles. The men upended Toronto FC Academy in the second half of…