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…

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…

NPSL Welcomes FC Columbus

The National Premier Soccer League will maintain a foothold in Ohio despite the off-season departures of both AFC Cleveland and Dayton Dynamo FC. The league introduced FC Columbus as a 2018 expansion team in a press release on Friday. FC Columbus will compete in the NPSL Midwest Region’s Great Lakes Conference. “We are thrilled to…

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…

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…