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…

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…

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…

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…

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…