NASL roster moves through January

After a tumultuous offseason that put the very existence of the NASL in question, silly season is finally upon us as the eight remaining active clubs begin the work of preparing their rosters for the 2017 season.

TICC spent some time tracking down as many of the roster changes across the league as we could find.

If we missed something, feel free to let us know.

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

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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One semifinal match determined, the Cosmos await their opponents

North_American_Soccer_League_(NASL).svgWith the New York Cosmos and Indy Eleven already determined as the hosts of the semifinal round of the NASL Championship, the league now waits to see who their opponents will be, although one match-up is certain. Continue reading

Breaking down the race for The Championship

Lucky vs the Rowdies. - Photo: Steve Hamlin

Lucky vs the Rowdies [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

With just a handful of games left in the Fall Season, the temperatures are falling but the race for the postseason is heating up. Week 15 saw FC Edmonton lock up the third spot (behind Indy and the Cosmos) based on their positioning in the combined standings. Save a total collapse by our boys in green over their last three matches, New York should beat out the Eddies for the Fall Season and win the combined table, which would give the Cosmos the first seed in The Championship. With Indy Eleven locking up the second seed by winning the Spring, they would then match up with Edmonton, meaning the Cosmos opponent will be determined over the final sprint. Lets break down the possibilities.

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Cosmos held to scoreless draw by Edmonton, remain atop tables

Head Coach Giovanni Savarese, Carlos Mendes and the Mendes family celebrate his 100th match as a Cosmos (Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC)

Head Coach Giovanni Savarese, Carlos Mendes and the Mendes family celebrate his 100th match as a Cosmos (Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC)

The Cosmos were held to just their second draw of the season at home as they were held scoreless by FC Edmonton.

The match held added significance for the club as Carlos Mendes, the captain, became the first Cosmos player to achieve 100 appearances for his club (between NASL regular-season, post-season, and US Open Cup action). Mendes was also awarded Man of the Match honors.  Continue reading

NASL investigating allegation of racial slur in FC Edmonton v Puerto Rico FC match

141066_2016-08-29_12.13.25Yesterday’s battle between the two most far-flung NASL markets ended in fireworks as PRFC defender Chris Nurse had to be held back and walked off the field by teammate David Meves and coach Adrian Whitbread. It later came to light that the Guyanese international was enraged by a an alleged racial comment made to him and identified Eddies midfielder Nicolas Di Biase as the offender.  Continue reading