FC Columbus Falls, Not Fails, in Home Debut

“Jogo Bonito” is more than just a tagline for FC Columbus. This was evident to all in attendance at Grandview Heights on Sunday evening, when Columbus hosted Cleveland SC in a preseason friendly. The visitors claimed a 3-2 victory with a converted penalty kick in the closing moments, but this was never about the final…

Cleveland SC Announces Preliminary Roster

Cleveland SC released a preliminary roster of players it will field in a home-and-home series against FC Columbus this weekend. The list was cultivated following an open tryout held by the club last weekend. It is no surprise to see a number of former AFC Cleveland players on the list. Local universities are also represented…

Louisville City Spoils FC Cincinnati Home Opener

FC Cincinnati hosted Louisville City FC in the Orange and Blue’s 2018 USL regular season home opener at Nippert Stadium on Saturday evening. On a night where Cincinnati did nothing particularly terrible, nor particularly well, Louisville emerged with a 1-0 win. “Disappointed to lose a derby, obviously. I don’t think anybody anywhere in this business…

NISA Responses to Rubber City FC Change of Heart

When Scratching the Pitch broke news of Rubber City FC’s decision to pursue membership in NPSL only days after announcing intentions to compete in NISA in 2019, we regretfully did not offer NISA an opportunity to respond to some of the issues raised by RCFC President Joshua Austin. Social media platforms, however, provided a venue…

Rubber City FC Bounces from NISA to NPSL

Rubber City Football Club, a newly formed soccer team in Akron, plans to begin play in 2019. The league in which the team plans to play, however, has changed. Rubber City FC was originally planning to join NISA. Last night the team formally notified NISA it is no longer seeking membership. Rubber City FC now…

NPSL Expands Back Into Cleveland

When the National Premier Soccer League declared the termination of AFC Cleveland’s membership in early December, it appeared soccer fans around Sixth City would have to wait some time to find another team to support. As it turns out, the wait will be no longer than a single NPSL off-season. Cleveland SC, the league’s newest…

Recap of National Signing Day 2018 for Ohio Women’s Programs

National Signing Day, marking the beginning of the signing period for Division I and Division II college soccer programs, occurred on February 7th. Many of the 25 DI and DII women’s programs in Ohio wasted no time announcing recruits who had signed their national letters of intent. The commitments are summarized below, and will be…

Dayton Dutch Lions Women on Yearlong Hiatus

The Dayton Dutch Lions have fielded teams in top women’s amateur soccer leagues for seven consecutive years. That streak will be broken this year. The Dutch Lions have announced their women’s side will not participate in the Women’s Premier Soccer League or any other league in 2018. The club intends to return to the WPSL…