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Old 03-07-2012, 07:27 AM   #106 (permalink)
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Silverbacks Partner with Coca-Cola

The only thing better than attending an Atlanta Silverbacks game is enjoying an ice-cold Coca-Cola® while you’re there. The Atlanta Silverbacks today announced a five-year agreement with The Coca-Cola Company, making it the Silverbacks’ official beverage provider.

“We’re extremely excited to be partnering with such an incredible Company,” said Silverbacks Director of Corporate Partnerships Scott Flood. “Coca-Cola has been a household name in Atlanta for more than 125 years. We look forward to working with the Company not only at Atlanta Silverbacks Park, but also in the local community in the coming years.”

With the new agreement, both of the organization’s facilities, Atlanta Silverbacks Park and Suwanee Indoor, will serve Coca-Cola products such as Coca-Cola, POWERADE® and DASANI®. The deal also includes consumer promotions aimed at maximizing marketing collaboration.

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Stars announce April 7 home opener at the HHH Metrodome



BLAINE, Minn. (Dec. 12, 2011) — The Minnesota Stars will kick off the 2012 season indoors in a match that pits the 2011 North American Soccer League champions against the league’s 2011 regular season champions, the Carolina RailHawks. The teams will square off in downtown Minneapolis at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Stars’ home opener pits them against a RailHawks team with whom they’ve developed a competitive rivalry over the past two seasons. The RailHawks knocked the Stars out of the playoffs in 2010, and the Stars returned the favor by beating Carolina in the 2011 NASL semifinals


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COSMOS TALKING TO NASL


There has always been the idea among fans that the USL or NASL could act as a stop gap for the New York Cosmos while they try to get an MLS sized stadium built in the city.

Recently, on Miami Ultras Live, a supporter run podcast based around the NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers, NASL Commissioner David Downs admitted to speaking with the Cosmos about potential expansion.

“As a general rule were not looking to go into MLS markets to compete head to head with MLS teams. New York is somewhat of an exception and the exception would be strictly for the Cosmos.”

“If the Cosmos were to come up with a plan to play in NASL for 2 or 3 years on the way to MLS, while building a stadium in the 5 Boroughs, that would make a lot of sense for us.”

“Were very much in discussions with them and we are very eager for them to join under the right circumstances”


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NASL Commissioner Downs Says League Expansion is Delayed but Still on Track



St. Louis had been targeted for expansion by 2014. “The NASL is currently seeking a qualified owner to enter a team representing St. Louis into our league, and would hope to have an agreement in place in time for the 2014 season. We strongly believe that the size of the city, coupled with its passion and history for the sport, makes it a perfect location for a successful NASL team.”

http://www.insidemnsoccer.com/2012/0...till-on-track/

On further Canadian expansion:
“We have definitely been engaged with several potential markets.”
But Downs said, because all discussions are in the preliminary stages, that he wouldn’t want to divulge exactly which Canadian markets at which the league is looking.
“I wouldn’t say Canada is a number-one priority,” said Downs. “For us, the number-one priority is the west coast of the United States and filling out the Midwest. But, with the success Montreal and Edmonton have had in our league, it is clear Canada is a fertile ground for professional soccer, and we would be remiss not to look at other opportunities there.”

And those American markets?
Downs cofirmed that NASL’s sights are set on San Diego, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Sacramento and the greater Los Angeles area (Anaheim, Riverside).

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Atlanta Names Eric Wynalda Interim Head Coach
Three-time World Cup veteran steps in to make all team-related decisions for Silverbacks


ATLANTA, GA. (July 2, 2012) – The Atlanta Silverbacks have appointed former U.S. Men’s National Team star Eric Wynalda as the team’s interim head coach and team advisor, the club announced Monday.

Wynalda, 43, will handle all team-related decisions effective immediately, and that will include finding a permanent head coach for the club. He will take over the roles previously filled by Silverbacks Director of Soccer Rodrigo Rios and Head Coach Alex Pineda Chacón.

“We’re extremely excited to have Eric join our organization as an interim head coach and team advisor,” said Silverbacks Chairman Boris Jerkunica. “Hiring Eric is another big step in our continued quest to add more experience and professionalism to our franchise.”

A native of Westlake Village, Calif., Wynalda is one of the most decorated players in the history of American soccer. He has scored the second-most goals (34) in U.S. Men’s National Team history, and is tied for the seventh-most caps, having made 106 total appearances. The 2004 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee represented the U.S. in three FIFA World Cups, and was the first American-born player to play in the Bundesliga, Germany’s top soccer division.

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IT'S OFFICIAL

Cosmos to play in NASL for 2013 season

The North American Soccer League announced on Thursday that the Cosmos have joined the league and will begin league play in the 2013 season.
The NASL Board of Governors unanimously approved the Cosmos’ membership during its meetings this week.

It has been nearly 30 years since the Cosmos have played in a professional league, last performing in the original NASL in 1984.

It was not immediately known as to whether the club's NASL presence will open up possibilities of playing in Major League Soccer.

It is not immediately known whether performing in the NASL was a prelude play in Major League Soccer, which is gung-ho on adding a 20th franchise, an expansion team in New York City. The league is hopeful of building a new stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens.

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San Antonio Add MLS All-Time Leading Goal Scorer Jeff Cunningham

Scorpions bolster offense with two-time MLS Golden Boot winner


SAN ANTONIO, TX ( July 23, 2012) ̶ The San Antonio Scorpions have announced the signing of Major League Soccer's all-time leading goal scorer Jeff Cunningham.

Cunningham, 35, scored 134 goals in 14 seasons in MLS. The Jamaican-born striker played with the Columbus Crew, Colorado Rapids, Real Salt Lake, Toronto FC and FC Dallas in his MLS career and also made appearances for the United States men's national team.

Cunningham most recently played for C.S.D. Communicaciones in Guatemala's top division, making 12 appearances and scoring four goals in 2012.

"This is a great opportunity to be a part of a new organization that's having a great run," Cunningham said. "I'm grateful to Coach Hankinson and the organization for this opportunity and I'm excited to be a part of it."

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Islanders Fall in CONCACAF Champions League Opener

Isidro Metapan Defeat Islanders 3-1 After Needham Red Card


The NASL's Puerto Rico Islanders tasted defeat in their opening 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League group stage match, falling 3-1 to Isidro Metapán at the Estadio Jorge Calero Suárez in Metapán, El Salvador. Nicholas Addlery opened the scoring for the Islanders with his ninth career Champions League goal, but Los Caleros mounted a comeback to win comfortably by a two-goal margin. Nicolas Munoz scored all three Metapán goals.

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Ten Islanders Called Up for Puerto Rico's Match Against "La Roja"


The Puerto Rico Islanders announced today that ten of its players have been called up for the August 15th match against the World Champion Spanish National team. “La Roja” will square off against the Puerto Rico National Team on August 15th at the newly remodeled Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium.

“Any time a player gets called up for their country, that's fantastic news. It is good for the player and it is good for the Club. It is an honor for any player to represent their country and is a reflection of the kind of players we have on the football team. In this case, having my players square off against the World Champions is even more exciting.” said Head Coach Adrian Whitbread.

Ten players have been called to the Puerto Rico National Team for the exhibition match against the 2012 Euro Cup Champions and the 2010 World Cup Champions Spanish National Team on August 15th at “La Islandera” . Richard Martínez, Anthony Vázquez, Joshua Hansen, Andrés Pérez , Hector "Pito" Ramos , Joseph “Jackie” Marrero, Tyler Wilson, Alexis Rivera , Noah Delgado and Marco Velez will join the Puerto Rico National Team on August 7th for training camp.

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NASL Announces Split-Season Format for 2013

Summer Break Allows for Increased Alignment with International Calendar


The first, or spring, championship will kick off in late March or early April and will culminate on Thursday, July 4. NASL member teams will then have roughly one month before the start of the second championship and each team is free during that period to prepare for that competition as they see fit, including touring or scheduling exhibition matches. The break will occur during the international transfer window that is open throughout much of Europe, Latin America and North America.

The second, or fall, championship will commence late July or early August and run through November 2. Following the conclusion of the fall championship the winner of the spring championship will host the winner of the fall championship (or, in the event the same team wins both competitions, the team with the second-best record for the full year’s games) to determine which team will be inscribed on the Soccer Bowl as the NASL’s annual champion.

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This upcoming weekend's NASL Quarterfinal Round will be a single game while the Semifinal and Final Rounds will each be a 2-game series with each team playing at home once and the team with the greater number of aggregate goals in both games winning each series. If the Quartfinal games are tied after 90 minutes, In we will progress to a 30-minute extra time period (the goldengoal rule will not be in effect). If the teams are still locked in a draw following the extra time period, the winner will be determined by a penalty shootout.

All players will start the NASL playoffs with a zero yellow card total. A player receiving three (3) yellow cards in separate games during the course of the playoffs will be suspended for his team’s next game. Any suspension for yellow cards received in a player’s last playoff game will not carry over into the next NASL regular season.


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New York Cosmos Return to Roots at Hofstra University

Storied Club to Resume Play at James M. Shuart Stadium


NEW YORK (Sept 25, 2012) ̶ The New York Cosmos, retracing their historic journey to the top of North American soccer, will return to the field in 2013 at their historic home, Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, L.I. The Cosmos, who announced in July that they had joined the North American Soccer League (NASL), first played at Hofstra in the earlier NASL in their second and third years of existence -- 1972 and 1973. James M. Shuart Stadium boasts a seating capacity of more than 13,000.

“Hofstra is the perfect place for us to return to the pitch,” said Cosmos Chairman Seamus O’Brien. “The stadium is part of Cosmos history and lore, and is located in the heartland of our great fan base on Long Island.”


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O'Brien wanted to name a coach and general manager by late October. "We're in final stages of negotiations with parties," he said.

The Cosmos hope to release schedule and ticket information then.

They will compete in a split-season format featuring two round-robin competitions. The winners will meet in Soccer Bowl for the league title. The spring season will kick off in late March or early April and end July 4. The fall part will start in late July or early August and run through Nov. 2.

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As you most likely know by now, the NASL has announced a change in the season format for 2013. The league will split their season into two parts, an opening and closing season much like some leagues in Latin America.

In an effort to imagine the effect of the new system, we decided to take this season’s results and put them into Apertura and Clausura tables.

First, the Apertura:


Unsurprisingly, early-season colossus San Antonio wins the Apertura. They are now assured a place in the single-game post-season championship. Puerto Rico, with a four-point edge over third-place Tampa Bay, is in the driver's seat for staking a claim to the best overall record should San Antonio also win the Clausura.

Here’s the Clausura, updated through last weekend’s results:


Although there are some risks associated with the new season and championship format, we are optimistic that these changes will be beneficial. Greater emphasis will be placed on the regular season, and most teams will likely be playing consequential games up to the end.

And NASL, if you’re reading this, how about calling the two seasons “Apertura” and “Clausura?” These words are more interesting than “spring season” and “fall season” or “first half” and “second half.” They would also help underscore the fact that these two competitions are, in fact, separate seasons, not halves of a single season. (A further benefit of these words: They might be useful in reaching out to Latino communities.)

The champions of the two halves would play each other for the Soccer Bowl trophy



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NASL:
US 2nd flight set for postseason after banner year



The rising tide of North American soccer has lifted all boats, as the old saying goes. We see it every week with sold out MLS stadiums, new stars - foreign and domestic - and a level of passion in the fanbase that rivals any league in the world.

There's been a palpable knock-on effect, experienced by both the US and Canadian national teams as well as the second and third flights of professional soccer on these shores. With that in mind, we at MLSsoccer.com are expanding our coverage of the lower tiers, beginning with this piece on the eve of the NASL's postseason.

The North American Soccer League’s second regular season has come to a close, and the playoffs are set to begin. There have been plenty of talking points around the NASL this year, ranging from the groundbreaking of a new, Toyota-sponsored stadium in San Antonio to an icon of American soccer injecting life into a confidence-starved Atlanta side.

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