Demba Ba throws hat in San Diego soccer ring with NASL announcement

Demba Ba speaks with Eric Wynalda at the NSCAA [Photo: SiriusXM FC]

In an offseason that saw the NASL decrease to eight teams, one of the long rumored favorites for league expansion may have seen it’s figurehead come to be. Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba now plys his trade in China for Shanghai Shenhua, but if he has his way, he may have a new role quite soon: NASL club owner. Continue reading

Where do they stand now? 2016 NASL teams and their current positions

North_American_Soccer_League_(NASL).svgThe 2016 NASL season may have started with 11 teams and ended with 12 but it looks like 2017 will have nowhere near that number, if the season kicks off at all. Here’s a look at the most recent available status of every team that kicked a ball in 2016. Continue reading

Rumors, reports, and sources: a round-up of the second day

nasl-logo2After a whirlwind of information swirled around on Tuesday concerning the fates of the Cosmos and the NASL, information slowed down considerably, but did not drop off entirely on Wednesday. But very little revolved around the New York Cosmos. Continue reading

NASL names all 2016 award winners

nasl-logo2With only one match left to play, the NASL has named the winners of every award minus, of course, the Soccer Bowl itself. But all other awards for regular-season performances have been issued with the NASL Championship Finalists claiming three of them. Continue reading

NASL release 2016 Best XI, three Cosmos make the list

cw_fxliuoaavrwkThe NASL released their 2016 Best XI list on Friday, naming the players they felt exemplified play at their respective positions. In 2015, the Cosmos landed a single player on the list in Carlos Mendes. This year, the club claimed the most spots of any team in the league. Continue reading

November is coming up Arangol: Juan Arango claims NASL Golden Ball

Juan Arango celebrates his goal over Rayo OKC [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Juan Arango celebrates his goal over Rayo OKC [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Juan Arango has had a hell of a month. First he’s announced NASL Player of the Month for the month of October. Then, he contributes a goal and an assist in the Cosmos semifinal win over Rayo OKC. Tuesday, he was awarded the 2016 Emirates Player of the Year award.

Now you can add one more item to the list as Juan Arango becomes the first Cosmos to claim the NASL Golden Ball as the league’s most valuable player.  Continue reading

NASL Championship brackets now set as Rayo wins final playoff spot

233178_2016-10-30_12-33-39Rayo OKC won the final playoff spot on Saturday night, despite the fact that their last regular season match would not kick off until Sunday. Requiring a win and a Rayo loss, Minnesota United instead lost their final NASL match against the Cosmos, granting the expansion side a spot at Shuart Stadium for the postseason match next weekend.

They’ll join FC Edmonton on the road as the Eddies travel to Indy. One thing both road teams have in common? Though they’ve both played a pair of tightly contested road matches this year, neither of them have won a game this year at the venue they’re traveling to.

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“This is, I think, the beginning of a turning point” – Brian Andrés Helmick of San Francisco Deltas shares thoughts on the NASL

Brian Andres Helmick (L) with a supporter at a recent event [Photo: Douglas Zimmerman/SF Gate]

Brian Andres Helmick (R) with a supporter at a recent event [Photo: Douglas Zimmerman/SF Gate]

In an upcoming episode of TICCPod, San Francisco Deltas CEO Brian Andrés Helmick appeared on the show to share updates on the San Francisco Deltas and the state of the NASL.

With the recently announced departures of the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Ottawa Fury to the USL, the impending departure of Minnesota United to MLS, and the uncertain futures of Rayo OKC and the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, these times have mostly been viewed as dark ones for America’s second division of soccer.

A refreshing and different point-of-view from the typical tone of conversation surrounding the league and its relationship with USL, MLS, and the USSF, Helmick believes change has begun that could lead to positive things down the road for the NASL. Continue reading

NASL responds to USL departures; CSA responds to Ottawa moves

14808840_10154708287381091_1730862976_oFollowing on the heels of the news of the departures of the Rowdies and the Fury today, NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson today released a statement regarding the changes coming for the NASL, which include the aforementioned moves of the two teams to USL, Minnesota United’s departure for MLS, and rumors of other clubs that may not operate next season. Continue reading