Archive for the ‘NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE’ Category

NASL UPDATE: AC STL SURVIVES, FC EDMONTON TAKES SHAPE, MONTREAL & VANCOUVER RETURN TO ACTION

May 29, 2010

NASL UPDATE: AC STL SURVIVES, FC EDMONTON TAKES SHAPE, MONTREAL & VANCOUVER RETURN TO ACTION

St. Louis Financial Situation

AC St. Louis has survived financial crisis, for now anyway, possibly at the expense of it’s Women’s Professional Soccer counter part St. Louis Athletica.

Bonds were issued to secure the payroll of the NASL team, but the 2009 WPS runners-up Athletica have folded roughly two weeks after the main London investors of both St. Louis teams stopped the funding, that left the team almost $1 million in debt and unable to cover it’s payroll and operations, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“We looked at a few options as a league together with our Board and U.S. Soccer, but the operational hurdles and finances just didn’t work out,” WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci said in a statement. “In the face of a severe funding gap in St. Louis, the local ownership group is (more…)

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-28-2010

May 28, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-27-2010

PORTSMOUTH FC TO PLAY CLUB AMERICA, FC EDMONTON AND DC UNITED

Portsmouth, who will be coming to the Americas for the first time since going to South America in 1951, will be playing against Mexican perennial power Club America on July 14 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, then head north of the border to plat the an Edmonton FC Select XI on July 21 before shifting to the East Coast to meet DC United at RFK Stadium on July 24.

After a season that must go on record as one of the worst in the history 112 year history of Portsmouth FC, the newly relegated club is set to tour North America in preparation for the 2010-11 season in the Football League  Championship.

Portsmouth has gone almost $200 million into debt, they’ve gone into administration, had 12 points deducted from their 2009-10 season, were relegated, had to sell off their players, and lost their manager… all in one season. Oh, and against all the odds Pompey made it to the FA Cup Final.

UPDATES ARE IN BOLD

ALL TIMES EASTERN

MAY

May 29 – Portland Timbers v Boca Juniors, PGE Park, Portland OR 10pm (FOX SPORTS NORTHWEST)

May 30 – Chicago Fire v AC Milan, Toyota Park, Chicago IL 8:30PM (FOX SOCCER CHANNEL – Note: Pregame begins at 8ET)

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SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: PORTSMOUTH ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

May 28, 2010

PORTSMOUTH FC to play Club America, FC Edmonton and DC United

Troubled English side Portsmouth FC is coming to the United States and Canada in July, joining an impressive list of English clubs prowling around North America in July. Manchester United, Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur and Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic have already made plans to play multiple dates on this side of the Atlantic.

Portsmouth, who will be coming to the Americas for the first time since going to South America in 1951, will be playing against Mexican perennial power Club America on July 14 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, then head north of the border to plat the an Edmonton FC Select XI on July 21 before shifting to the East Coast to meet DC United at RFK Stadium on July 24.

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-27-2010

May 27, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-27-2010

TV UPDATE – Portland v Boca Juniors on Saturday May 29, will be aired on local Fox Sports Northwest as the opening half of a double header with the Colorado v Seattle Major League Soccer battle being shown on delay directly after the friendly.

UPDATES ARE IN BOLD

ALL TIMES EASTERN

MAY

May 29 – Portland Timbers v Boca Juniors, PGE Park, Portland OR 10pm (FOX SPORTS NORTHWEST)
May 30 – Chicago Fire v AC Milan, Toyota Park, Chicago IL 8:30PM (FOX SOCCER CHANNEL – Note: Pregame begins at 8ET)

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UPDATED: 2010 US OPEN CUP QUALIFIERS-AS OF MAY 27

May 27, 2010

UPDATED: 2010 US OPEN CUP QUALIFIERS AS OF MAY 27

THE 40 QUALIFIED TEAMS

Major League Soccer – 8 teams (Division I)

  1. Seattle Sounders (Defending Champions)
  2. Chicago Fire
  3. Chivas USA
  4. Columbus Crew
  5. Houston Dynamo
  6. Los Angeles Galaxy
  7. New York Red Bull
  8. June 2Real Salt Lake or DC United at RFK Stadium

USSF Division 2 – 9 teams (Division II)

  1. AC St. Louis
  2. Austin Aztex
  3. Carolina Railhawks
  4. Crystal Palace Baltimore
  5. Miami FC
  6. NSC Minnesota
  7. Portland Timbers
  8. Rochester Rhinos
  9. Tampa Bay Rowdies

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SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS AND NOTES

May 27, 2010

SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS AND NOTES

US 23-man roster, Pellegrini Sacked, TFC Win Voyageurs Cup, AC-DC Battle at RFK, Red Bulls Run in USOC, Holden in Bolton Extension, Fabregas leaves it up to Wenger and more…

UNITED STATES NAMES 23-MAN ROSTER FOR 2010 WORLD CUP

Bob Bradley named his 23-man roster for the US National Team Wednesday, and there were surprises for many fans.

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TORONTO FC WIN CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR

May 26, 2010

TORONTO FC WIN CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR

Toronto FC were not even in action tonight, but the Reds secured their second straight Nutrilite Canadian Championship.

Vancouver Whitecaps needed to secure a win at Montreal against the Impact tonight in order to stay alive in the NCC.

The two sides played a listless first half in front of 11,000 fans at Saputo Stadium, but the ‘Caps came out blazing in the second half getting a goal from Ansu Toure in the 50th minute. Vancouver seemed a new team.

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LIVE VIDEO – NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP Montreal Impact v Vancouver Whitecaps

May 26, 2010

LIVE VIDEO  NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Montreal v Vancouver

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NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP-WEEK 5 PREVIEW

May 25, 2010

NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP-WEEK 5 PREVIEW

Montreal Impact have a chance to play spoiler for the Vancouver Whitecaps Nutrilite Canadian Championship dreams for the second straight year.

In the final match of the 2009 NCC Montreal played what amounts to a youth side and was punished by Toronto FC who need a lopsided win to secure the title from Vancouver.

In 2010 Montreal, who is already eliminated from the competition, will have to play spoiler by action as opposed to inaction, as Vancouver needs the maximum points from Wednesday Nights visit to Saputo Stadium in order to set up a chance to win the Voyageurs Cup next week in Toronto.

The now legendary story of the 09 NCC seems to be a demon that permeates every article and conversation regarding the NCC, but hopefully, one way or the other, that demon will be exorcised Wednesday Night in Quebec.

What Impact manager Marc dos Santos will do with his lineups is a mystery.

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-25-2010

May 25, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-25-2010

INTER MILAN TO PLAY FC DALLAS AND LA GALAXY

Newly crowned Champions of Europe, Inter Milan will play FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco Texas on August 5th and the Los Angeles Galaxy on August 7 at the Home Depot Center in Carson California.

Treble winning Inter, who also play Manchester City at M&T Bank stadium in Baltimore on July 31 will add Dallas to their summer tour in preparation for their Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League titles.

UPDATES ARE IN BOLD

ALL TIMES EASTERN

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May 25 – Fiorentina v Juventus, Rogers Centre, Toronto ON

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-24-2010

May 24, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-20-2010

INTER MILAN TO PLAY FC DALLAS

Newly crowned Champions of Europe, Inter Milan will play FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco Texas on August 5th at 9pm ET.

Treble winning Inter, who also play Manchester City at M&T Bank stadium in Baltimore on July 31 will add Dallas to their summer tour in preparation for their Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League titles.

FOX SOCCER CHANNEL TO AIR SUMMER FRIENDLIES

Fox Soccer Channel has lined up a tasty menu of Summer Friendlies. This week the network will show both the Seattle
Sounders v Boca Juniors on Wednesday and Chicago Fire v AC Milan on Sunday. The Fire-Milan match will feature a half hour pregame.

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NASL TEAMS RUMORED TO BE IN TROUBLE

May 22, 2010

NASL TEAMS RUMORED TO BE IN TROUBLE

Former Major League Soccer iron man Steve Ralston will make his debut to night for North American Soccer League first year franchise AC St. Louis amid swirling rumors that the franchises very existence may be in doubt.

Ralston stepping on the field to represent his hometown team should mean a night of celebration for soccer in St. Louis, long thought of as an ideal American soccer community, but the night will be over shadowed by the wringing hands of St. Louis fans and frantic calls from the team offices.

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-20-2010

May 20, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-20-2010

Portland add Boca Juniors, Red Bull adds Cruzeiro.  TV for Red Bell v Juventus and Galaxy v Boca.

MATCHES IN BOLD ARE UPDATES

MAY

May 19-22 – CHICAGO SISTER CITIES CUP – Toyota Park, Bridgeview IL

Chicago Fire, Paris-Saint Germain, Legia Warsaw, Red Star Belgrade

May 19 – New England Revolution v Benfica, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro MA

May 23 – Montreal Impact v Fiorentina, Saputo Stadium, Montreal QB

May 23 – New York Red Bull v Juventus, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ (FOX SOCCER CHANNEL)

May 23 – Los Angeles Galaxy v Boca Juniors, Home Depot Center, Carson CA (FOX SPORTS WEST / GALAVISION)

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CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: GROUPS AND QUALIFIERS SET

May 19, 2010

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: GROUPS AND QUALIFIERS SET

LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders, Columbus Crew, Real Salt Lake, Puerto Rico Islanders and Toronto FC / Vancouver whitecaps winner learn their fate.

The Groups and two-legged Qualifiers for the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League were set in a draw conducted Wednesday by deputy general secretaries Ted Howard and Italo Zanzi at the CONCACAF offices in New York.

Four and possibly five Major League Soccer teams, and one or possibly two USSF Division 2 teams learned their fates. Real Salt Lake and Columbus Crew were both drown right into the Group Stages in Groups A and B respectively.

RSL qualified directly to the Group Stage as MLS Champions in 2009 and Columbus as Supporters Shield Winner for best overall season record.

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-19-2010

May 19, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-19-2010

MATCHES IN BOLD ARE UPDATES

MAY

May 19-22 – CHICAGO SISTER CITIES CUP – Toyota Park, Bridgeview IL

Chicago Fire, Paris-Saint Germain, Legia Warsaw, Red Star Belgrade

May 19 – New England Revolution v Benfica, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro MA

May 23 – Montreal Impact v Fiorentina, Saputo Stadium, Montreal QB

May 23 – New York Red Bull v Juventus, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ (FOX SOCCER CHANNEL)

May 23 – Los Angeles Galaxy v Boca Juniors, Home Depot Center, Carson CA (FOX SPORTS WEST / GALAVISION)

May 23 – Benfica v Panathinaikos, BMO Field, Toronto ON

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LIVE VIDEO – NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP Vancouver v Toronto

May 19, 2010

LIVE VIDEO – NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Vancouver v Toronto

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NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP-WEEK 4 PREVIEW

May 18, 2010

NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP-WEEK 4 PREVIEW-Vancouver Look to Stay Alive at Home

Toronto FC has their 2010 Nutrilite Canadian Championship destiny in their hands this week. A win against Vancouver Whitecaps at rainy Swangard Stadium Wednesday Night will give the Reds the tournament with two games yet to play.

The shoe is on the other foot for the Whitecaps. With three points, Vancouver will live to fight another day. Or at least die another day, as they must take maximum points in their final three matches. The ‘Caps must play like they have nothing to loose.

“It’s a do or die game basically,” Whitecaps keeper Jay Nolly told CTV. ”We know we need a win or a tie to keep going. They know if they get a win it’s all over.”

“We’re not afraid of them,” said ‘Caps forward Marcus Haber. “We’re confident in our own abilities and we’re not going to worry about them too much. We’re just going to focus on ourselves.”

Three consecutive draws at home will hurt a teams confidence though, especially when one of those matches were to Montreal in Week 2 of the NCC. A match that, if won, would have changed the face of the tournament and given Vancouver a little breathing room.

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SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-18-2010

May 18, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-18-2010

MAY

May 19-22 – CHICAGO SISTER CITIES CUP – Toyota Park, Bridgeview IL

Chicago Fire, Paris-Saint Germain, Legia Warsaw, Red Star Belgrade

May 19 – New England Revolution v Benfica, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro MA

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PART TWO – INTERVIEW WITH KARTIK KRISHNAIYER OF THE NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE

May 14, 2010

INTERVIEW WITH KARTIK KRISHNAIYER OF THE NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE – PART TWO

Today we bring you the PART TWO of the conversation between Goodman Browne and Kartik Krishnaiyer, Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League. This is the first year of the league, and a massive year for soccer in North America, and Kartik talks about TV deals, the US Open Cup and the NASL’s relationship to Major League Soccer. He also discusses his beginnings in soccer journalism

If you haven’t read PART ONE, check it out here.

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SUMMER FRIENDLY UPDATE: CALENDAR UPDATED 5-14-2010

May 14, 2010

SUMMER FRIENDLY CALENDAR: UPDATED 5-14-2010

MAY

May 19-22 – CHICAGO SISTER CITIES CUP – Toyota Park, Bridgeview IL

Chicago Fire, Paris-Saint Germain, Legia Warsaw, Red Star Belgrade

May 19 – New England Revolution v Benfica, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough MA

May 23 – Montreal Impact v Fiorentina, Saputo Stadium, Montreal QB

May 23 – New York Red Bull v Juventus, Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ

May 23 – Los Angeles Galaxy v Boca Juniors, Home Depot Center, Carson CA

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