DC United Should Consider All Options for Potential USL Team

The MLS’s DC United have had a formal affiliation with the Richmond Kickers since 2013, allowing some of its players to gain professional playing experience in the USL. The current agreement is slated to run through next season, and it seems the official partnership might not extend beyond that. The Washington Post’s Steven Goff reported…

FC Cincinnati on the Mark Versus Saint Louis FC

FC Cincinnati hosted Saint Louis FC in an inter-conference match at Nippert Stadium on Monday afternoon with playoff implications for both teams. Saint Louis hoped to play its way back into the USL West playoff race, but a pair of goals by Cincinnati’s Sean Okoli was too much for the visitors to overcome. Okoli’s brace included a…

USL Discipline Report: Week 21

USL News Release, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 TAMPA, Fla. – The following is the USL’s discipline report for Week 21 of the 2016 season: Eight players and an assistant coach have been suspended and fined an undisclosed amount for their actions this past week. Five players received their fifth cautions of the season, leading to…

USL Expansion Fees Trending Up

The cost of entering the professional ranks of soccer in the United States is on the rise. Recent reports suggest that expansion fees for new MLS franchises could balloon to a staggering $200 million. The top division is not the only stratum in the American soccer hierarchy to increase its cost for entry. A knowledgeable source within…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…