FC Cincinnati on the Mark Versus Saint Louis FC

FC Cincinnati hosted Saint Louis FC in an inter-conference match at Nippert Stadium on Monday afternoon with playoff implications for both teams. Saint Louis hoped to play its way back into the USL West playoff race, but a pair of goals by Cincinnati’s Sean Okoli was too much for the visitors to overcome. Okoli’s brace included a…

USL Discipline Report: Week 21

USL News Release, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 TAMPA, Fla. – The following is the USL’s discipline report for Week 21 of the 2016 season: Eight players and an assistant coach have been suspended and fined an undisclosed amount for their actions this past week. Five players received their fifth cautions of the season, leading to…

USL Expansion Fees Trending Up

The cost of entering the professional ranks of soccer in the United States is on the rise. Recent reports suggest that expansion fees for new MLS franchises could balloon to a staggering $200 million. The top division is not the only stratum in the American soccer hierarchy to increase its cost for entry. A knowledgeable source within…

Richmond Kickers & FC Cincinnati to Finish Season Series

The Richmond Kickers host FC Cincinnati at City Stadium at 7:00 PM EST on Saturday. It is the biggest game in the USL Eastern Conference this weekend. FC Cincinnati enters the weekend in third place with 41 points through 21 games. The fourth-place Kickers trail Cincinnati by only 3 points. The winner will strengthen its…

USL Discipline Report: Week 20

USL News Release, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 TAMPA, Fla. – The following is the USL’s discipline report for Week 20 of the 2016 season: Fifteen players and an assistant coach have been suspended and fined an undisclosed amount for their actions this past week. The LA Galaxy II’s Adonis Amaya was issued a two-game suspension…

USL Discipline Report: Week 19

USL News Release, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 TAMPA, Fla. – The following is the USL’s discipline report for Week 19 of the 2016 season: Eleven players, a head coach and two assistant coaches have been both suspended and fined an undisclosed amount for their actions this past week, and two other fines have been issued…

Aztex & Hammerheads Out for 2017 USL Season

When the 2017 USL Competition Proposal became public, Scratching the Pitch extrapolated what that might look like in terms of team composition and conference alignment. Some reports that have emerged since the USL midseason meetings have validated some hypotheses, while other news raises new questions. Wilmington Hammerheads FC Planning to Go on Hiatus As if losing…

Charleston Rallies to Grab Point at Cincinnati

The Charleston Battery came to Nippert Stadium on Saturday night hoping to leap over FC Cincinnati to third place in the USL Eastern Conference standings. After a scoreless first half, the teams traded goals in the second, resulting in a 1-1 draw. Both teams earned a point to stand pat in the table. FC Cincinnati…

USL Discipline Report: Week 18

USL News Release, Wednesday, July 27, 2016 TAMPA, Fla. – The following is the USL’s discipline report for Week 18 of the 2016 season: Seven players and an assistant coach have been suspended and fined an undisclosed amount for their actions this past week. New York Red Bulls II midfielder Stefano Bonomo was issued a…