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.
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 →
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.
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.
Sebastian Guenzatti and Danny Szetela (Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC)
Midfielder Danny Szetela was recently announced as a signing by the San Francisco Deltas, becoming only the second player from the 2016 New York Cosmos side to find a new home after Jairo Arrieta returned to play in Costa Rica. TICC recently got a chance to talk with the fan favorite, discussing the Deltas, Head Coach Marc Dos Santos and his time with the New York Cosmos. Continue reading →
After 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 →
The San Francisco Deltas are the newest hope of an NASL currently reeling from the loss of three teams in a year. The second-division North American club operates out of San Francisco, is operated by a Colombian (Brian Andrés Helmick), managed by a Brazilian, and will be coached by a Canadian who grew up in Portugal and speaks four languages. Definitely a very international feel to a club that has yet to sign a player.
So, perhaps it’s appropriate that the pivotal moment that nudged their CEO to begin work with the club happened in another country with a star of the world’s game. Continue reading →
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 →
After months of speculation, fan outcry, and rumors that made the NASL seem like a TMZ outfit (Kardashian and Sting to LA and Orange County…that was weird, right?) the league finally has their long sought after West Coast team. The San Francisco Deltas announced Tuesday that they would begin play in 2017 at Kezar Stadium. Continue reading →