Pele The Star Guest For Hofstra’s Soccer Conference

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One of the largest soccer conferences ever organized kicks off Thursday at Hofstra University on Long Island with over 100 speakers attending from 25 countries.

“Soccer as the Beautiful Game: Football’s

Boswell Gaffe Hands Toronto Back-to-Back Wins To Start MLS Season

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A schoolboy error by D.C. United defender Bobby Boswell gifted Toronto F.C. back-to-back wins to start the Major League Soccer season for the first time in the Reds’ 8-year history.

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USL PRO’s Franchise Carousel

Reigning United Soccer Leagues PRO Division champion Orlando City begins its title defense with a trip to Charleston Battery that kicks off the third tier’s new season on March 22.

Whether Phoenix F.C. will be among the 14 scheduled teams remains unclear.

The club broke its long-running silence Wednesday evening with a statement instructing that American Soccer Marketing LLC will no longer be operating a USL PRO franchise. ASM took control last November after USL terminated the original ownership rights held by BDR Sports, although many of the same individuals remained in charge.

Details of another ownership group are expected later today, leaving Phoenix with 17 days to sign players ahead of its scheduled season-opener at Colorado Rapids reserves on March 30.

Failure to return would make the Wolves the seventh franchise to exit USL PRO within three years of its first game being contested in April 2011.

Timeline of USL PRO franchises since the league's commencement in April 2011.

Timeline of USL PRO franchises since the league’s commencement in April 2011.

 

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Feb. 27, 2014 — F.C. Edmonton Tops North America’s Air Miles Table

 

USL Planned Promotion And Relegation Before NASL Split

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The United Soccer Leagues harbored plans to introduce a soccer pyramid based on sporting criteria when Nike Inc. was its owner.

USL retained the right to relegate one or two of its former First Division

Phoenix Fans Feel Fury As Wolves Circle Their Club

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Phoenix F.C. kicks off its second season in the United Soccer Leagues’ PRO Division on March 30 with a road game against the Colorado Rapids reserves.

Members of the team’s La Furia Roja supporters’

MLS Teams Kick Off Minus Need To Be On Point

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Sporting Kansas City begins the defense of its Major League Soccer crown Saturday afternoon in the season-opener at the Seattle Sounders, yet there is little need to feel excited about this year’s title

F.C. Edmonton Tops North America’s Air Miles Table

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F.C. Edmonton will travel further than any other team in North America’s three professional leagues during this year’s regular seasons despite playing three fewer away games than Major League Soccer

Russia’s Soccer Pyramid Dispels An American Pro-Rel Concern

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Travel concerns are commonly cited as a roadblock to instituting promotion and relegation in North American soccer.

It takes deep pockets to fly a team from Boston to San Jose or New York to Vancouver,

The American Player’s Complex – Inferior Or Superior?

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There have been some bewildering pronouncements from American soccer stars past and present in recent weeks.

Major League Soccer’s Media Day brought a further line of head-scratching statements from

Kansas City’s Silva Set For Country, Coursework And Contract Challenges

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Frances Silva enjoyed a stellar senior year for the West Virginia University women’s soccer team, leading the Big 12 Conference in goals scored and assists while guiding the Mountaineers

Triumph And Tragedy: The Soccer Stars That Chased Football Glory In Texas

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Austrian soccer star Toni Fritsch became a vital cog in the “Luv Ya Blue” heyday of the Houston Oilers in the late 1970s.

The former Rapid Vienna forward and Dallas Cowboys placekicker converted

Mass United Brings Soccer Back To The Manning Bowl

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The Manning Bowl in the northern Boston suburb of Lynn is back in business as an American soccer venue.

Former National Premier Soccer League side Mass United F.C. has announced that it will play its

Moving U.S. Soccer To The FIFA Calendar

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Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber gave a strong hint during his State of the League address last December that moves are afoot to adopt FIFA’s traditional soccer calendar in the United States.

USL PRO Schedule Showing Positive Trends, Says League Exec

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Executives from the United Soccer Leagues and its member clubs encountered a very different geographic spread when planning this year’s USL PRO schedule.

Last year’s competition included 10 entrants

Travel Savings Hurt Sporting Integrity Of USL PRO Schedule

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Fans of United Soccer Leagues club Dayton Dutch Lions no doubt received a shock Thursday morning when the 2014 USL PRO division schedule leaked out ahead of the league’s official release.

Dayton was

Austin Berry, Matt Hedges Set Example For Latest SuperDraft Class

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The announcement of a player’s name during Major League Soccer’s annual SuperDraft typically prompts speeches drizzled in clichés, relieved grins and more handshakes than a Scottish Rite convention.

Toronto Splurge No Cure For Current MLS Mediocrity

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Jermain Defoe’s tumble from Tottenham Hotspur to Toronto F.C. coupled with Michael Bradley’s retreat from A.S. Roma to the Canadian Reds has prompted the latest tizzy about Major League Soccer’s