NASL Recap: A night of draws opens up the Spring Season

Only four goals were scored in the opening week of the NASL as all three matches ended in draws. Two teams, including last year’s champion, failed to find the net in their season openers, while FC Edmonton and the Jacksonville Armada sat out the opening round of NASL action. Continue reading

2017 Preview: Indy Eleven

2016 Season Review

Last season began in disarray for Indy Eleven. With an astounding eighteen players on their way out the door, including Brazilian midfielder Kléberson, incoming Head Coach and former San Antonio Scorpions manager Tim Hankinson had his work cut out for him. With rumors of unrest in the locker room, players coming and going daily, and Hankinson publicly expressing his frustrations in preseason, many around the NASL expected a down year for the third-year club. Continue reading

2017 Preview: FC Edmonton

 2016 Season Review

The 2016 season saw the Eddies return to post season play for the first time since 2011 (when six of the eight NASL clubs made the playoffs). Following the club’s preseason in Scotland, Edmonton would go on to finish third in the Spring, Fall, and combined standings, allowing a league best 21 goals through both seasons. The Eddies would lose to Indy Eleven in the first round of the NASL playoffs.

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NASL announces continuation of beIn, ESPN3 deals; Deltas to broadcast on Twitter

It appears that despite an offseason of great turmoil, the NASL has been able to keep much of its 2016 broadcast lineup. On Wednesday, the league announced the return of beIN Sports and ESPN3 to their offering of national broadcast options. Additionally, the San Francisco Deltas independently announced that they reached a deal to broadcast all of their home games live on Twitter. Continue reading

2017 Preview: Miami FC

2016 Season Review

Miami’s inaugural season was a tale of two halves. Coming into 2016 the hype train was running at full speed with Miami building their team around internationally experienced talents Matuzalem, Wilson Palacios, and Dario Cvitanich. Play on the field would dictate differently however, as Miami would take dead last in their inaugural season.

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2017 Preview: North Carolina FC

2016 Season Review

“How ’bout them Carolina RailHawks?!” The last year of the RailHawk was full of ups and downs for the new look North Carolina FC. After staying local for the preseason and playing mostly neighboring universities and USL sides (along with Toluca of Liga MX), Carolina started the 2016 Spring by winning their first four league contests. The club’s first loss would come on their visit to Hofstra in a match that would end with the Cosmos in front, 1-0. The RailHawks would not win again and spiral down the standings over the last five weeks, finishing the Spring in seventh place.

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2017 Preview: Jacksonville Armada

The Armada’s second NASL season arrived with much fanfare. Former US Men’s National Team keeper Tony Meola came in as head coach, and the roster featured many an impressive list of new and impressive talent, including Richie Ryan, Matt Fondy, Pekka Lagerblom, and Charles Eloundou. Seemingly, the Armada were set up for success following a dismal 2015.

This would not the case, as the Armada recorded an abysmal 1-4-5 record in the Spring Season. Tony Meola was canned after only nine months on the job, and captain Ritchie Ryan was transferred to Miami FC. Fellow promising newcomers Matt Fondy and Junior Sandoval did not pan out and were shipped off to new homes in the NASL. All in all, interim Head Coach Mark Lowry inherited a shipwreck coming in to the second half of the Armada’s sophomore season. Continue reading

2017 Preview: San Francisco Deltas

2016 Season Review

While the Deltas didn’t play in the NASL 2016 season, their presence and influence was vital to the return of the NASL for a new year. Thanks to club owner Brian Helmick and his Silicon Valley connections, owners and teams around the NASL were able to get on the same page and move forward with promise following a tumultuous off-season. Since their announcement, Deltas have spent time trying to establish a foothold to build on and securing a fan base for the upcoming season.

The team has been vocal about their plan to work openly and honestly with its fanbase, as well as with other teams around the country, regardless of their league. A great example of this can be noted with the club’s first ever open tryout. Not only did they make the cost of it very feasible for the individuals who participated, they also invited other pro teams in the area to come and scout players as well, at no cost to the clubs.

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