Total Attendance Only Part of Top USL Story

During the final days of 2016, the USL published a series of posts on its site to revisit the top stories of the year from around the league. With many narratives worthy of the spotlight, the USL selected the substantial increase in overall attendance as its top story of the year. Nearly 1.5 million fans paid…

Discussing Expansion and the Rumor Mill with NPSL Chairman

The National Premier Soccer League has avoided the tumult that has infused the lower divisions of American professional soccer this off-season, but that does not necessarily mean it will be status quo for one of the top amateur leagues in the United States. The NPSL has added 15 expansion teams since AFC Cleveland hoisted the…

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…

Dayton Dynamo FC Reveals Jerseys and More

Dayton Dynamo FC held an event at The Dayton Beer Company on Friday evening to reveal new uniforms for the 2017 National Premier Soccer League season. New jerseys were in the spotlight, but DDFC President and CEO David Satterwhite also shared a several additional items with an expectant crowd of supporters. The new jerseys, produced…

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…

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…

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…