NPSL turnover and why we need youth clubs to build up, not vice versa

Stop what you're doing and read the excellent SocTakes analysis of turnover in the NPSL. ... Are you back? OK. If you've followed lower division soccer over the years, you know this isn't a recent phenomenon. Go back and look up the names in the old A-League on Wikipedia, where some kind soul listed each … Continue reading NPSL turnover and why we need youth clubs to build up, not vice versa

RSD35: Dennis Crowley on putting together a soccer pyramid

Dennis Crowley didn't just start a soccer team. He created a laboratory for "open-source soccer." He shares business and financial info on his NPSL club, the Kingston Stockade, on Medium. And though Kingston might not be the likeliest market to have a club that would climb an open pyramid to Division I, he has become … Continue reading RSD35: Dennis Crowley on putting together a soccer pyramid

Why are soccer clubs obsessed with going nationwide?

Well I was rolling down the road in a minivan I had a keeper in the back and a guest player at the wheel We going cross-country and we're skipping school We tired and I'm lost - I wonder why this is cool Oh I'm bad ... I'm nationwide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9r1P5Boek4 We know we're not supposed to do … Continue reading Why are soccer clubs obsessed with going nationwide?

Change and Chattanooga: What’s the next step for U.S. pro soccer?

(This post has been updated three times. I blame Zoidberg.) After a few weeks of post-election doom and gloom on Twitter, it's refreshing to see the "change" movement in U.S. Soccer moving forward with something constructive. The Summit for American Soccer in Chattanooga asked a lot of interesting questions: Can we have professional teams outside … Continue reading Change and Chattanooga: What’s the next step for U.S. pro soccer?

How the USA can do promotion and relegation better than England

BEAU: Riccardo Silva offered MLS $4 billion for media rights if it would institute promotion/relegation? And people like Jeff Carlisle have already done the heavy lifting in reporting what did and didn't happen? Great! Time to do a quick opinion piece. BEAU'S CONSCIENCE: What are we, all clickbait now? You know that offer was just … Continue reading How the USA can do promotion and relegation better than England