Dayton Dynamo FC Releases 2017 Schedule

Dayton Dynamo FC has released its schedule for 2017. The campaign includes a slate of preseason tune-ups followed by the regular season, which will include several exhibitions intermixed with NPSL Midwest Region North Conference matches. The fans first chance to see the Dynamo in their new home at Roger Glass Stadium will be on May…

Columbus Crew Capture 2017 Carolina Challenge Cup

The Carolina Challenge Cup returned to MUSC Health Stadium in 2017 after a hiatus in 2016. The USL’s Charleston Battery hosted MLS sides Columbus Crew SC, Atlanta United FC, and Seattle Sounders FC in the preseason round-robin tournament. Columbus won the tournament on the strength of two wins and a draw. Intrepid Scratching the Pitch…

Hot Take on Affiliation Between San Antonio FC and NYCFC

United Soccer League’s San Antonio FC issued a press release last Thursday to announce an affiliation between the USL franchise and New York City FC of the MLS. The official partnership is to begin in 2017, but the length of the agreement was not disclosed. Scratching the Pitch believes it is effectively finished before it…

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…

Impact of Travel Ban on USL Players

Sometimes there are stories that are bigger than sports, but manage to encompass sports. On January 27, the President of the United States signed an executive order that prohibits citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, and Syria from entering the country. It did not take long for the internet to begin reporting how…

Dayton Dynamo FC Deyhle Up Another Defender

Dayton Dynamo FC welcomed defender Michael Deyhle back to the roster in an announcement on Thursday. Deyhle is the sixth player added to the 2017 team so far, the fourth listed as a defender. The 2012 graduate of the University of Dayton played three seasons for the Flyers after redshirting his freshman year. As a…

USL President Mum on Process, but Thrilled with D2 Outcome

In early January, the United States Soccer Federation announced the USL and NASL had been granted provisional Division II status for 2017. The decision was rendered after weeks of speculation about the process and its eventual outcome, which ultimately proved to be a step up for the USL. Scratching the Pitch was able to track…

Bahner Comes Home to FC Cincinnati

As a young athlete, you always look up to the professional players and the teams, and when you are able to go and watch in person, you always dream and wish that could be you someday. When Matt Bahner laces up his boots for FC Cincinnati in 2017, thousands of young fans from his hometown…