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…

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…

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…

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…