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USL, NASL, and the uncertain future of being Division 2

Thoughts from USL president Jake Edwards on a decision that raises more questions than it answers (USL) “They have the numbers; we, the heights” is a famous reference to a battle advantage born of advantageous position, spoken by the Spartan commander at Thermopylae. It might have served, up until this weekend, as a justification for NASL’s …

How a third iteration of the New York Cosmos could work

Existing outside the constraints of a domestic league might be the way forward (NY Cosmos) Days after winning their third title in four years within the modern, second-division NASL, the New York Cosmos have purged their squad and staff as a familiar demise seems inevitable 31 years on from their first collapse. On the pitch, the …

Canada will finally return to a U.S. club soccer final

Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact look to pick up where the Toronto Blizzard left off in 1984 (NASLJerseys.com) Over the weekend, both Eastern Conference Canadian clubs moved on to the MLS Cup semifinals, ensuring that one will reach the final for the first time ever. The Montreal Impact defeated the New York Red Bulls on …

Cosmos’ Danny Szetela proposes to girlfriend with a tifo

Szetela gets two wins in one night (New York Cosmos) The New York Cosmos beat Miami FC 4–0 in their final home game of the NASL regular season, breaking their own record with a 19th consecutive home win in the process. But this was just the opening act for Cosmos midfielder Danny Szetela, who proposed to his …

American soccer’s next Cincinnati is… Omaha?

It could be, according to my analysis of open markets in North America A crowd of 35,061 watches Cincinnati FC take on Crystal Palace in a friendly on July 16, 2016. It was the largest soccer crowd in Ohio history until more than 86,000 people watched Real Madrid vs. PSG later that month in Columbus. (Image …

A Fellow Professional

Decoding a decades-old photograph of my father by George Quraishi | photograph by Ed Clough As an action shot, it’s nothing special, just two men running toward the camera. Before them: a soccer ball. Behind them: a New York Yankees banner strung from the stadium’s iconic frieze. Beneath them: infield clay. The men carry equal weight, …