Is USL Ready to Roll the Dice on Las Vegas Expansion?

First pro hockey, then pro football, and now professional soccer? Long-lived rumors of USL expansion to Sin City appear to have some credence, even if some dots must be connected. A search of the US Patent and Trademark Office’s website has discovered that a trademark was filed on April 10 for “Las Vegas Lights Soccer…

NPSL Brings Italian Flair to Washington

Coming soon to soccer fields across Pierce County, Washington, is a National Premier Soccer League expansion team with Italian flavor. Giuseppe Pezzano and Italian College life are partnering to bring a fifth team to the Northern Conference of NPSL’s West Region. The new team’s name and branding will be announced in the next few weeks. College Life…

NPSL Adds Beaches and Ozarks to League Map

Already one of the largest amateur soccer leagues in the United States, NPSL has increased its numbers by almost two score this offseason. Two more clubs have joined the ranks of the National Premier Soccer League. Beaches FC, based out of Jupiter, FL, and Ozark FC, located in Springdale, AR, are set to make their…

NPSL Continues to Grow

Expansion continues at a torrid pace in the NPSL. When Scratching the Pitch last reported on the addition of teams, 15 had been added. In the last month, another 8 clubs have elected to join one of the largest amateur leagues in the country. The most recent slate of NPSL expansion teams stretches across the…

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…

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…

Nashville To Be Part Of Next Wave of USL Expansion

The 2016 USL season kicked off two weeks ago with 29 teams dotting the Continental United States and Canada. The planned return of the Austin Aztex and the commencement of Reno 1868 FC would raise the number of teams to 31 in 2017. The USL, though, will not settle for the same number of teams as…

City Islanders Union Dissolved

When the Philadelphia Union announced yesterday that the club would be launching an expansion side in USL to begin play in 2016, it was more than the beginning of a new franchise. It was also the beginning of the end of a relationship with the Harrisburg City Islanders. The formal affiliation between the Union and…

FC Cincinnati to USL Now Official

FC Cincinnati was officially introduced as a USL expansion franchise that will begin play in 2016. The announcement came at a press conference held at the University of Cincinnati’s Varsity Village this morning. Not much new information was presented that Scratching the Pitch and Wrong Side of the Pond had not already reported, but the press…