NPSL Preseason Primer on Three Western New York Clubs

And so one became two and two became three… FC Buffalo was Western New York’s sole representative in the National Premier Soccer League in 2015. Rochester Riverdogz FC (now the Lancers) joined the league in 2016, and this upcoming season sees Syracuse FC join the fray. The three clubs are inextricably linked by more than…

AFC Cleveland Topples Des Moines in USOC 2017

This article is reprinted with permission and encouragement of AFC Cleveland. The AFC Cleveland Royals defeated the Des Moines Menace 3-1 on a wild, entertaining night of soccer between two of the NPSL and PDL’s finest. Both teams traded chances throughout the match, and were kept in the game by excellent goalkeeping performances, but the…

AFC Cleveland 2017 Season Preview

This article was reprinted with permission and encouragement of AFC Cleveland. After a long, nine-month offseason, AFC Cleveland returns for its sixth season in the National Premier Soccer League this summer. The excitement leading into the 2017 season is like none other in club history as the Royals look to defend the national championship they earned in…

A Moment of Brotherhood on the Pitch

The Wednesday night match between FC Cincinnati and the Tampa Bay Rowdies was a physical affair between teams who expect to be battling for supremacy in the USL Eastern Conference by season’s end. “Chippy” falls just short of adequately describing the aggressive play and extracurricular activity. In a twist, a moment of kindness stood out…

Djiby Fall Scores ‘Em All in 4-0 FC Cincinnati Win

The home opener is too early for a must-win game, but heading into Saturday night’s match against Saint Louis FC it felt like FC Cincinnati needed all three points. On the strength of a brace in each half by Djiby Fall, the home side was able to get what they needed. “It was awesome. Congratulations to Djiby…

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…

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…