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MLS, USA and Canada 2022: One vision

One vision of how professional soccer could look in eight years: The 2022 MLS season kicked off with all 24 teams for the third straight season. The teams are divided into two conferences. Each team plays its conference rivals twice … Continue...

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U.S. Open Cup: Top 14 teams and upset history

Through May 23, 2014, lower-division teams have beaten MLS teams 66 times. (MLS teams have won 160.) And based on a whole lot of spreadsheets, we can declare one particular lower-division team the most accomplished team in the Open Cup. … Cont...

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The NASL and the periodic restatement of facts on promotion/relegation

How did a three-part Empire of Soccer interview with NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson start an epic Twitter beatdown? Well, it helped that in the first part, he talked about promotion/relegation, the concept that governs most soccer leagues (and other...

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U.S. Open Cup second round, collated scoreboard

Headlines (see glossary below): – The NPSL is out. Georgia Revolution fell 3-2 in the “Battle of Atlanta” against the NASL Silverbacks. – The USASA is out, though Dearborn took Dayton (USL Pro) to extra time before falling 4-1...

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Indoor soccer: Not given enough credit?

Bill Archer started the “legacy” talk a couple of days ago with a good piece on Pele being trotted out to stir up interest in any vaguely New York-ish soccer endeavor, though I was disappointed in the lack of a … Continue reading &...

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NASL splits season — ready to re-open some old arguments?

The NASL is ditching most rounds of the playoffs and switching to a split-season format in 2013, Brian Quarstad reports. Brian sees it as a cost-cutting measure, saving teams the cost of reserving venues and players for playoff games in … Cont...

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The ups and downs of promotion and relegation

Long the province of cranky conversations in the virtual soccer community, promotion and relegation leaped into the news in recent days with a couple of pieces of bad reporting: 1. An English executive of some kind, Richard Bevan, claimed that &helli...

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How and how not to change the U.S. soccer landscape

(Yes, I’ll get to WPS, magicJack and even promotion/relegation in this post. But it needs some background.) The United States has been a graveyard of soccer leagues. The reasons are many: The scattered population and ensuing high travel costs, ...

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