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Old 06-21-2011, 07:13 AM   #91 (permalink)
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Ottawa to Join NASL

Posted on Tue, Jun 21, 2011


June 20, 2011 (Ottawa, ON.): The North American Soccer League (NASL) today announced that Ottawa, Ontario has been awarded an expansion team. The new team will be owned by the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) and play home games at Lansdowne Park. The club will commence League play upon the completion of a major stadium reconstruction project which is expected to commence later this year. The North American Soccer League is a Division II men’s outdoor professional soccer league with teams based in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

“We welcome Ottawa to the NASL,” said League Commissioner David Downs. “As we continue to expand and collectively grow professional soccer in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, Ottawa is a natural market with a vibrant business community, large soccer fan base and an exceptional ownership group.”

OSEG partner John Pugh, who is also the CEO and Owner of the Ottawa Fury Soccer Club, has been named President of the new NASL franchise. Pugh says he’s committed to building a successful team on and off the field: "This will be, by far, the highest calibre of soccer we’ll have seen in Ottawa since the 2007 FIFA Men’s U-20 World Cup,” said Pugh. “We are committed to fielding a competitive team from the get-go, providing a lively, entertaining game day experience for families and establishing strong ties with all soccer players and fans across the region. It’s a privilege to have this opportunity.”

Ottawa’s new 24,000 seat soccer-friendly downtown stadium will be built to exacting FIFA specifications. The City of Ottawa and OSEG are partners in the project and, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson says it’s an exciting time for the entire city: “Residents are excited about NASL soccer, our bid for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, CFL football and other events that will take place in Ottawa, thanks to a newly redeveloped Lansdowne Park," said Mayor Watson. "With 65,000 registered players in our region playing the world's game, it’s high time Ottawa had a professional soccer team and a world-class stadium.”

OSEG is offering Ottawa soccer fans an opportunity to reserve the right to purchase season tickets for their NASL team before they become available to the public at large. A limited number of priority reservation numbers (PRNs) are now available for a fully-refundable $25 deposit or free for current season ticket holders for the Ottawa Fury and Ottawa 67’s and, PRN holders for Ottawa’s new CFL football franchise. Details for this program are available at www.ottawafury.com or www.ottawa67s.com.
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Fans Help Select Jersey Design


SAN ANTONIO – Mexican soccer legend Jorge Campos today unveiled the jersey selected by a vote of San Antonio Scorpions FC fans.

The community's new pro soccer team took another step forward toward North American Soccer League (NASL) competition next spring.

More than 3,000 fans voted either online or by way of a printed ballot in the San Antonio Express-News and chose a predominantly black jersey with horizontal stripes bearing the team's menacing-looking scorpion logo. Nike USA Inc., which became a major Scorpions sponsor in January, presented three jersey designs, but fans had the final say. Those who would like to purchase Scorpions jerseys can do so online at www.SanAntonioScorpions.com

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NASL Implements League Concussion Policy

Posted on Tue, Aug 16, 2011

The North American Soccer League (NASL) today announced the implementation of a league-wide policy to deal with possible concussions sustained by its players during training and match play. The policy will go into effect immediately, and includes a number of components from general education on the issue to neurocognitive testing. The NASL has also instituted procedures regarding mandatory evaluation of concussion symptoms and substitution of concussed players. Prior to the implementation of this league-wide policy, the medical staffs of each team within the NASL set their own guidelines for dealing with concussions suffered by a team’s players.

The new NASL Concussion Policy was modeled on the current protocol in place in Major League Soccer (MLS) and created with the cooperation and assistance of MLS.

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NSC Minnesota Stars capture the NASL Championship

The NSC Minnesota Stars won the first North American Soccer League title against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on a 3-1 aggregate following a 0-0 draw Saturday, October 29th, on a wet Lockhart Stadium.

Being the lowest ranked seed in these playoffs, the NSC Minnesota Stars went through a tough gauntlet of teams to get to this point. They had to go through the third-seeded FC Tampa Bay, the regular season champion Carolina RailHawks, and finally, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

The match tonight was tough for both teams. A rainstorm prior to the match caused the field to be very wet, making the ball tough to play with a simple touch or pass.

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FC Edmonton Signs Kevin Hatchi


Posted on Thu, Nov 17, 2011

EDMONTON, AB. – FC Edmonton have come to terms with import defender/midfielder Kévin Hatchi on a one year contract.
Hatchi last played in the NASL for the Montreal Impact in 2011 before being released from the team in June.

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2012 NASL Combine Now Accepting Player Applications


Last week, the North American Soccer League (NASL) announced that it will hold its 2012 combine from February 10-12 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The annual event allows players the opportunity to display their talents to coaches, scouts and staff from all eight NASL clubs.

Beginning December 19, players are invited to apply for participation in the combine via an application form on the league website. The application period will close on January 10, 2012. The NASL expects to invite no more than 66 players from the applicant pool to participate. Players will be notified if they have been accepted on a rolling basis.

Email inquiries about the 2012 NASL Combine will be received at combine@nasl.com.
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NSC Minnesota Stars are now the Minnesota Stars FC


The NSC Minnesota Stars launched a new logo Monday night at Brit’s Pub in Minneapolis, and with it, a slight name change. The Stars dropped the “NSC” from the club moniker, announcing that the team will now be known as Minnesota Stars FC.

Dark Clouds member Kevin Joseph designed the logo for the team in a six-month process that started last summer. The new logo made the star element of the original logo more prominent while increasing the prominence of the word “Minnesota” and adding the name Stars, which was an unofficial nickname when the National Sports Center launched NSC Minnesota in 2010. Joseph’s design also includes the Minnesota state motto and a subtle soccer ball element.

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Scorpions Unveil Stadium Plans and New Players


SAN ANTONIO – The start of construction this spring on a 6,100-seat, state-of-the-art stadium constitutes another major stride forward as the San Antonio Scorpions FC, San Antonio’s new professional soccer team, prepares for entry into the North American Soccer League (NASL).

“Scorpions Community Stadium will be a premier sports and special-events venue when it opens for the 2013 season,” said Gordon Hartman, founder of Soccer for a Cause, the community-wide effort to grow soccer in Greater San Antonio as well as benefit non-profit Morgan’s Wonderland family theme park. “In the meantime, we’re making tremendous progress on all fronts as we get set for the Scorpions’ first NASL home game just a dozen short weeks away on April 15.”

Hartman, who unveiled multiple architectural renderings, said the new stadium paralleling Thousand Oaks Drive across from Morgan’s Wonderland in Northeast San Antonio will be constructed with private funding and will be expandable to 18,000 seats. Stadium features include a grass playing field built to FIFA and NCAA specifications, luxury suites, a VIP lounge, a team merchandise store, a patio/beer garden, a large video scoreboard and shaded seating on the west side of the stadium.

While the team’s new home is being built, the Scorpions will play 2012 NASL home games in North East Independent School District’s 11,000-seat Heroes Stadium at Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks Drive.


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NASL Releases Complete 2012 Schedule


MIAMI, Fla. (January 19, 2012) – The North American Soccer League (NASL) today announces its complete 25-week, 112-game 2012 regular season schedule, with action beginning in just 79 days on April 7.

The NASL regular season is a balanced schedule, in which each of the teams face the seven other NASL teams four times (twice home and twice away) for a total of 28 games, concluding on the weekend of Sept 22-23.

The playoff format for 2012 remains unchanged from last season with the top six finishers at the end of the regular season qualifying for the playoffs. The top two teams will receive byes directly into the semifinal round, while the other four teams will play against each other in a pair of single-leg quarterfinals the weekend of Sept 29-30.

Those winners will advance to the two semifinal series which will be contested over two legs against the top two finishers in the regular season. The NASL Championship Series will be a two-leg affair beginning the weekend of October 20-21 with the final leg taking place the weekend of October 27-28.

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@the NASL Combine:
Norwegians, Aussies and red cards


By Joe Prince-Wright

first day of the NASL combine started on the training complex of the Ft. Lauderdale strikers, with the level of play high and a few tiring matches in the heat.

For the weekend, we have been split up into four teams. I am in the white team and we have an international mix with Argentines, Brazilians, Australian’s, Norwegians and, obviously, an Englishman.

Follow MLSsoccer.com's Joe Prince-Wright at the NASL Combine
http://www.mlssoccer.com/blog/post/2...t-nasl-combine

JPW at the NASL Combine: Arrival in Ft. Lauderdale
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@the NASL Combine:
Wrapping things up from Ft. Lauderdale


By Joe Prince-Wright

The final day of the NASL combine came to a close in fine conditions down in Fort Lauderdale.

My team again played well but failed to find the net, though personally the game went well. The last two days I have played as a center back and right back, getting the chance to show my versatility to coaches and scouts.

On Saturday night, my Aussie roommate Joel and I went to watch the new Denzel Washington film, Safe House, at a mammoth shopping and leisure complex. The NHL’s Florida Panthers’ stadium was right across the street, and it was great to have some down time to stroll around and get out of the confines of the hotel for a few hours.


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Scorpions to Scrimmage U. S. Under 23 National Team


Posted on Tue, Feb 14, 2012

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Scorpions FC, the community’s pro soccer team, will compete in a scrimmage against the U. S. Under-23 Men’s National Team at 7:30 p.m. CST Friday, Feb. 24, at the FC Dallas Stadium Complex, 9200 World Cup Way in Frisco, Texas. The scrimmage will be open for the public to attend.

“When we play the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team, we’ll have had only a week of practice under our belts,” said Scorpions Head Coach Tim Hankinson, who will welcome Scorpions players and coaches for their first workout Saturday, Feb. 18. “I think this scrimmage will help jump-start our preparations for North American Soccer League (NASL) competition in April”.

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Major Renovations in High Gear
at Puerto Rico Islanders
Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium



Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium, home of the Puerto Rico Islanders of the NASL, is going under major renovations in a multi-phase plan. The stadium built in 1974 currently seats 12,000 but was in need of a facelift.


The new construction was proposed by the mayor of Bayamón, Ramón Luis Rivera, Jr., who has committed to a rehab of the stadium that will cost nearly $7 million. The planed renovation will put additional seating of at least 8,000 around most areas of the field and increase the capacity up to a possible 24,000 seats according to the mayor. Rivera has been quoted as saying he would like to see MLS in Puerto Rico someday and hopes to help draw the Pan American Games to the Island in 2019

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NASL Receives Full USSF Sanctioning

MIAMI, Fla. (March 3, 2012) – The U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) today formally admitted the North American Soccer League (NASL) as a member to continue operating as a Division 2 men’s outdoor professional soccer league in the United States. The NASL’s candidacy for full membership was approved this morning by a vote of the USSF National Council at the USSF Annual General Meeting in Miami.

“We’ve worked tirelessly over the past several years to create a new, sustainable long-term platform for Division 2 professional soccer in North America and the Caribbean. We thank the Federation for their leadership and cooperation in helping us elevate second division standards in order to make our vision a reality,” said Aaron Davidson, Chairman of the NASL Board of Governors.

“After a successful inaugural campaign in which we worked to stabilize Division 2, we are pleased to have the formal approval that fully empowers us to move ahead with our plans to grow our league. We look forward to continuing to play a critical role in the development and maturation of soccer in North America and the Caribbean,” said David Downs, NASL Commissioner.

The 2012 NASL Regular Season kicks off on April 7 with all eight active teams in action on that Saturday night.

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