Spanish legend Raul reflects on time with Cosmos, new challenges with La Liga

La Liga rooftop event [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

On Sunday, the two titans of La Liga Santander, Real Madrid and Barcelona, squared off for another running of El Clasico, a match whose importance was amplified by its proximity to the end of the season, and the possibility of seeing the top spot change hands.

La Liga also hosted an event in Manhattan attended by members of the New York soccer community and former members of the two clubs playing. Of the latter, one of those in attendance was Raul, eterno capitán of Real Madrid and a member of the New York Cosmos in 2015.  Continue reading

US Open Cup: NASL gets a first look at possible opponents

US Soccer announced the First Round matchups of the 2017 US Open Cup yesterday, the 104th edition of the tournament. While the opening round will take place on May 9th and 10th, the absence of a third division this year means the NASL and USL will both drop in on May 16th and 17th.

Another round would follow prior to any potential match-up with an MLS side.

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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

NASL 2017: Quirks of the Schedule

[Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

We’re pleased to present an opinion piece from Chad Irvine, a writer and podcaster covering the Indy Eleven. Chad was kind enough to share his thoughts on the 2017 NASL schedule with us. 

The NASL schedule is still young, very young, but in the end it is final (with the exception of a Cosmos match that could be flexed for the USOC final). After all the drama that occurred during the offseason, and the league nearly collapsing, an eight team schedule was bound to have some quirks. When it was initially released on Monday, I immediately checked my team’s schedule and realized how odd it was. Looking then to the entire league overlook, I realized how unbalanced it really was. Continue reading

NASL schedule announced, Cosmos schedule match on date of Open Cup final

The NASL released its 2017 schedule Monday morning and fans of all NASL teams can now look ahead to who will be their opponents on opening week – and beyond. The Cosmos also announced potential juggling could be in the works with a league match scheduled on the day of the Open Cup Final. Continue reading

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.

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