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…

Dayton Dynamo FC Retain Christian Johnson

An integral part of the Dayton Dynamo FC back line will be returning in 2017. The club announced on Monday that Christian Johnson has agreed to return for the upcoming NPSL season. The Dynamo did not take to the pitch last year without Johnson. The Hamilton, OH native appeared in every match. Johnson started his…

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…