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7 posts from November 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

NASL is back...

The new USL breakoff league is going to be called...North American Soccer League...NASL!

NASL is back!!!!

This just in..

Formally announced two weeks ago, the new men’s second division professional soccer league slated to begin play next spring has announced its name, and it is a familiar one to soccer fans and players in the United States and Canada – the North American Soccer League (NASL).

 

NASL was the name of the men’s outdoor professional league that operated in the United States and Canada from 1968 to 1984, which played its final match 25 years ago last month and generated historic moments and memories for players and fans alike throughout its 16-year run.  Legends such as Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia, Johan Cruyff and Karl Heinz-Granitza played in the NASL, which served as the birthplace for numerous men’s professional outdoor franchises still in action today.

 

“By becoming the NASL, we are paying respect to the players, coaches and leaders who were pioneers for men’s professional soccer in North America, many of whom remain involved and committed to the growth of our game in various capacities throughout the U.S. and Canada,” said Selby Wellman, principal owner of the Carolina RailHawks and newly appointed president of NASL, LLC.  “For that, we honor and thank them with a new era for the NASL.

 

“Further, by going with NASL, we’re obligated to operate our league at a high standard befitting a name that means so much to the soccer community throughout North America.  Our intention is to offer an elite brand of soccer and outstanding experience for our partners and fans, something the old NASL did very well during its day.  We will do the same in the new NASL.”

 

Currently comprised of nine teams – the Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, Crystal Palace Baltimore, Miami FC, Minnesota Thunder, Montreal Impact, St. Louis Soccer United, Tampa Bay Rowdies and Vancouver Whitecaps FC – the league has submitted an application to the United States Soccer Federation for sanctioning as a Division II Men’s Outdoor Professional League.

 

NASL is back!

The new USL breakoff league is going to be called...NASL! North American Soccer League!

This just in...

Formally announced two weeks ago, the new men’s second division professional soccer league slated to begin play next spring has announced its name, and it is a familiar one to soccer fans and players in the United States and Canada – the North American Soccer League (NASL).

NASL was the name of the men’s outdoor professional league that operated in the United States and Canada from 1968 to 1984, which played its final match 25 years ago last month and generated historic moments and memories for players and fans alike throughout its 16-year run.  Legends such as Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia, Johan Cruyff and Karl Heinz-Granitza played in the NASL, which served as the birthplace for numerous men’s professional outdoor franchises still in action today.

“By becoming the NASL, we are paying respect to the players, coaches and leaders who were pioneers for men’s professional soccer in North America, many of whom remain involved and committed to the growth of our game in various capacities throughout the U.S. and Canada,” said Selby Wellman, principal owner of the Carolina RailHawks and newly appointed president of NASL, LLC.  “For that, we honor and thank them with a new era for the NASL.

“Further, by going with NASL, we’re obligated to operate our league at a high standard befitting a name that means so much to the soccer community throughout North America.  Our intention is to offer an elite brand of soccer and outstanding experience for our partners and fans, something the old NASL did very well during its day.  We will do the same in the new NASL.”

Michelle's Monday Musings...

Did you stay up to watch MLS Cup last night? My thoughts...

Seattle is an awesome soccer town. 46,000 fans showed up, and their team wasn't even playing! The Sounders green and blue scarf has become a must-have fashion accessory in Seattle, which is tres cool. If only MLS could bottle that enthusiasm and sell it to the rest of the country.

Speaking of fashion, Jason Kreis wins best-dressed US coach. Bruce Arena, perhaps trying to live up to his counterpart's fashion sense, looked dapper, as well, in sport jacket. As for David Beckham's current hairdo...thumbs down.

Landon Donovan's cross for Magee goal was absolutely gorgeous. Textbook perfect. But his bad miss in PKs was brutal...Roberto Baggio bad. Poor Landon. Tough time to miss that badly. Otherwise, he played a great game.

Kyle Beckerman, formerly of Miami Fusion, was outstanding. He and his dreadlocks were flying around everywhere. RSL goalie Nick Rimando, also former Fusion player, was rock solid, stopping two PKs and saving the game for the second week in a row.

All in all, an entertaining MLS Final. Hard to believe, though, that a team with a losing regular-season record could beat the star-studded Galaxy. Nice work by RSL general manager Garth Lagerwey, former Fusion goalie, and Kreis.

Now, back to Europe...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Michelle's Thursday Musings...

Had a good time last night at Honduras vs. Peru. The Peruvians spoiled the Honduran party with a 2-1 win. Peru scored its first goal on an own-goal by Honduran Emilio Izaguirre in the 40th minute. David Suazo tied it up on a beautiful solo effort just after halftime, but then Hernan Rengifo knocked in the game winner in the 63rd minute. It was not the kind of warmup Honduras expected, especially against a team of mostly young, untested Peruvians.

The US had an equally horrid result, losing 3-1 at Denmark. NOT good. All three Danish goals in second half. A few key players, such as Landon Donovan and Tim Howard, were missing, but still...

Thierry Henry ADMITS it was a hand ball, but it doesn't matter. Ireland stays home. France goes to South Africa. Life isn't fair sometimes.

MLS names MVP today. Jeff Cunningham (who scored the lone US goal at Denmark), Donovan and Shalrie Joseph are finalists. Banking on Donovan.

If you haven't already, go to www.gousabid.com/miami and support your hometown bid.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Miami FC to play in breakoff league in 2010

From the TOA (much more to come):

Nov. 10, 2009 – The owners of the Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina Railhawks, Miami FC, Minnesota Thunder, Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps, formerly of USL-1, together with St. Louis Soccer United today announced that they have formed a new professional soccer league to play in the United States and Canada beginning in April 2010.

The team owners yesterday submitted an application for sanctioning of the new league as a Division II Men’s Outdoor Professional League by the United States Soccer Federation.  An application for sanctioning as a Division I League will be submitted to the Canadian Soccer Association shortly and applications to other sanctioning bodies in the region will be submitted as needed.

Joey Saputo, President of the 2009 USL-1 champion Montreal Impact, was recently elected Chairman of the Board of Governors of the new league.

“This is not your typical new league,” Saputo said.  “Most of our teams have existed for years.  We have united some of the best owners, teams and markets around a new vision for a professional soccer league in North America.

Monday, November 09, 2009

World Cup in Miami

Miami is one of 27 cities bidding to make the cut of 18 for the USA World Cup bid for 2018 or 2022...The 18 cities will be named on Dec. 4. Local bid committee asks that all fans go to www.gousabid.com/miami and show your support. Then, spread the word to friends and colleagues. The more clicks they get, the better Miami's chances of getting games.

Bid committee met tonight with local soccer leaders at Land Shark Stadium and made a plea to get the word out.

Read more about the local efforts in Sunday's Herald.

Michelle Kaufman.