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    Crystal Palace Baltimore to Sit Out 2011 Season

    Crystal Palace Baltimore announced today that they will not be fielding a team in the North American Soccer League (NASL) during the 2011 season in order to restructure with an intended re-launch for the 2012 NASL season. The re-launch will include a complete re-branding of the club to coincide with opening a soccer facility in downtown Baltimore.

    In addition, the club announced that it is ending its four year relationship with Crystal Palace FC of England’s Championship Division. Crystal Palace Baltimore was the first trans-Atlantic partnership of its kind in North America but the relationship between the clubs could not survive the financial struggles that resulted in Crystal Palace FC entering administration in England.


    The club is currently working with the City of Baltimore to secure a venue for 2012 and beyond. “We want to be downtown and believe doing so will allow us to better connect to our fans and the City” said Pete Medd, part-owner and President of Crystal Palace Baltimore. “We would like to thank our loyal fans who have stuck with us despite not having a place to call home and we are committed to giving them what they deserve and what all of our future fans in Baltimore deserve; a venue that honors their loyalty and commitment to the club.”

    http://www.nasl.com/article/crystal-...ut-2011-season
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    FC Edmonton Names New Head Coach


    FC Edmonton is pleased to announce the signing of its new Head Coach, Harry Sinkgraven. Sinkgraven comes highly recommended by former FC Edmonton coaches Dwight Lodeweges and Hans Schrijver.

    “When Dwight and Hans first told us about Harry, we felt like he would be the perfect coach to pick up where the two left off,” said General Manager Mel Kowalchuk. “Harry has gone through the same Dutch coaching program as Hans and even has experience working with both Dwight and Hans back in Holland. We’re happy to get him signed and expect the transition to be almost seamless.”

    http://www.nasl.com/article/fc-edmon...new-head-coach

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    Glad to see everyone got all dressed up for the press conference.

    Any word on player movement between D2 and MLS? I haven't heard much other than the Portland/Vancouver guys making the move up.

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    Fort Lauderdale, Florida (December 9, 2010) - Miami FC announced today that is has come to terms with Playbook Management International (PMI) for the 2011 season. With this agreement, PMI and Miami FC plan to use all their resources to create a tradition, culture and fan-fare worthy of the Strikers’ name.

    “We are focused on bringing back the Strikers in a meaningful way which connects with the original Strikers fans - Striker Likers - and the soon-to-be Striker Likers,” said Aaron Davidson, President of the team. “ Our partnership with PMI which is led by Michael Hitchcock who has been so successful in building fan bases for several MLS clubs and other sports is one of the first critical steps in working towards a successful launch of the Strikers in the NASL on April 9, 2011.”

    http://www.nasl.com/article/club-partners-with-pmi

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    Rodrigo Rios Named Atlanta Director of Soccer


    ATLANTA, GA- The Atlanta Silverbacks announced the appointment of Rodrigo Rios, former captain of the Atlanta Silverbacks and Chilean International, as Director of Soccer. In this new role with the Silverbacks, Rios will oversee the coaching staff and player development for the club. After the 2008 season, Rios moved into an operations role with Atlanta Silverbacks Park where he continued to be an integral part of the organization.

    President of the Atlanta Silverbacks, Michael Oki stated, “After working closely with Rodrigo for so many years, it became clear that his talents could be utilized to their full potential with the return of the Men’s professional team. We look forward to having Rodrigo in the front office and him continuing to be an integral part of this organization.”

    One of Rios's first duties in his new role will be to develop a coaching staff and set up player tryouts for the 2011 season.

    “After six years with the Atlanta Silverbacks as a player, captain, and staff member I am excited to continue to work with the organization on the re-launch of the pro team. It is an exciting time for soccer in Atlanta and we are continuing to look at ways we can improve both on and off the field,” said Rios. “I know that the community is also very interested to know about the coaching staff. We are working to finalize our selections and are taking all factors into consideration before making our announcement,” commented Rios.

    http://www.nasl.com/article/rodrigo-...ctor-of-soccer

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    NSC Minnesota Stars Pro Soccer Team Announces New Ownership


    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (JANUARY 5, 2011) – The National Sports Center and the North American Soccer League (NASL) announced today an ownership restructuring of the NSC Minnesota Stars to continue the rich history and tradition of professional soccer in the area. The NSC Minnesota Stars will be owned by the NASL for the short-to-mid-term as the league looks for an appropriate ownership group which meets the new heightened standards for professional soccer in North America. .Local media, fan groups and area sports leaders attended a press conference at Brit’s Pub in downtown Minneapolis for the announcement.

    “The Twin Cities is a first-class soccer market with a rich history of supporting the professional game,” said Aaron Davidson, Chief Executive Officer of the NASL. “Minnesota’s remarkable support for the original NASL and the professional game since 1990 is virtually unmatched in this country. It’s also important strategically to be in a market which boasts the headquarters of the third-most Fortune 500 companies in the country. Continuing on 21 consecutive seasons of professional soccer in Minnesota allows us to help fulfill our vision and ambition for the NASL and our member teams.”

    http://www.nasl.com/article/nsc-minn...wnership-group

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    San Antonio Scorpions FC Will Be Newest NASL Team

    Jan 10, 2011 - It was announced several months ago that a San Antonio team would be joining the reborn NASL in 2012. Now that team has a name: San Antonio Scorpions FC. They will play their games at South Texas Area Regional (STAR) Soccer Complex in a yet-to-be-contsructed 5,400-seat stadium.

    Owner Gordan Hartman said the team is seeking $8 million in public funds to help build the stadium, which would be expandable to 18,000 seats with the idea of potentially hosting a MLS team. The soccer complex currently has 13 regulation fields and is mostly used for youth soccer tournaments.

    "STAR Soccer cost $10 million, and approximately half of the funding came from private sources," Hartman said during the press conference, noting construction will have to begin this spring in order to be ready for the start of next year. "We intend to build on the infrastructure already in place to create an up-to-date-yet-affordable playing facility for the Scorpions that can also host high school and collegiate tournaments as well as performances and other special events. To accomplish all this, we’re seeking approximately $8 million in public funding for a venue that will serve our community in many ways, not just pro soccer."

    http://www.sbnation.com/soccer/2011/...west-nasl-team

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    NASL Invitational Combine Nears


    The North American Soccer League will hold an invitation only player combine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida between February 4th and the 6th. The event will be held at Fort Lauderdale Stadium, the training home of NASL club, Miami FC/Strikers.

    Invited players will have the opportunity to show their skills to representatives of all eight NASL teams and may have the opportunity to pursue a professional NASL career.

    http://www.nasl.com/article/nasl-inv...-combine-nears

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    FCTB To Play At Al Lang Stadium

    FC Tampa Bay announced today that Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg will be their home for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. FCTB kicks off the 2011 regular season on April 9th at Al Lang against future MLS team Montreal Impact.


    Al Lang, with a capacity of more than 7,000, is situated on the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront between the newly-renovated Dali Museum and St. Petersburg Yacht Club. The stadium previously was home to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays for spring training from 1998-2008, along with several Florida State League minor league teams during the regular season

    http://www.nasl.com/article/fctb-to-...l-lang-stadium

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    What an awful looking venue.

    Any updates on that water stadium Miami was making up?

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    JOSÉ MANUEL ABUNDIS
    Named Silverbacks Head Coach



    The Atlanta Silverbacks announced today that JOSÉ MANUEL ABUNDIS will join the club as its head coach. Abundis, a first-time coach, will take the helm of the Silverbacks immediately.

    Abundis, 37, is best known for the 17 years he spent competing at the top levels of international soccer. As part of the Mexican national team from 1996 to 2001, he appeared in 47 games and scored 10 goals, representing Mexico in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and in the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup.

    As early as 1992, Abundis made a name for himself as the top player for Toluca, a club in Mexico's top soccer division. He totaled 270 appearances and notched 80 goals there, and he also played for Mexican clubs Atlante, Pachuca, CF Monterrey, and Querétaro. In 2006, he played a season for Major League Soccer's New England Revolution. Since arriving in Georgia, Abundis has led youth soccer clinics and become a respected part of the Atlanta community.

    http://www.nasl.com/article/abundis-...cks-head-coach

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    FC Edmonton Pens Partnership with PMI


    By Andreas Morse
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    FC Edmonton has come to terms with Playbook Management International (PMI) for the 2011 season. With this agreement, PMI and FC Edmonton plan to use all their resources to create a tradition, culture and fan-fare worthy of the FC Edmonton name.

    PMI, led by Michael Hitchcock, has been successful in building fan bases for several MLS clubs and FC Edmonton General Manager Mel Kowalchuk sees this partnership as one of the first critical steps in working towards a successful launch of FC Edmonton in the NASL on April 9.

    “We are extremely pleased to have PMI join the FC Edmonton team as we prepare for our inaugural season in the NASL,” Kowalchuk said. “The expertise and experience Michael Hitchcock and his team bring to FC Edmonton should help ensure our inaugural season is a success on and off the pitch.”

    http://www.fcedmonton.com/content/fc...artnership-pmi

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    The Atlanta Silverbacks announced today that the club will field a reserve team, which will begin play this spring. The Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves, formerly known as Atlanta FC, will compete in the National Premier Soccer League in 2011.

    Atlanta FC was founded in 2007 and went on to win the NPSL Southeast regional title in 2008 and qualify for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2009. The team’s re-branding as the Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves marks the beginning of the team’s official partnership with the Atlanta Silverbacks.

    “We’re excited about the chance to become a part of the Silverbacks family,” said Chris Goeckel, owner of the reserve squad. “The new relationship will give us a powerful way to develop players and the sport, while providing the Atlanta community yet another opportunity to watch great soccer.”

    The Reserves will retain Head Coach Ricardo Montoya and Assistant Coach Alejandro Pombo, who will be continuing in their roles for the fourth straight year. Assistant Coach and Video Analysis Expert Bert Leonard and Physical Trainer Juan Castellanos will round out the team’s technical staff.

    The Reserves will have a direct link to allow players the opportunity to advance to the professional level. The Silverbacks coaching staff, meanwhile, will enjoy the opportunity to scout developing talent and to call players up to the professional team as needed.

    The Silverbacks Reserves will play four regular season home games in 2011. They will play at Atlanta Silverbacks Park and will compete against Chattanooga FC, the Knoxville Force, Rocket City United, and the Georgia Revolution.

    http://www.nasl.com/article/silverba...o-play-in-npsl

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    Islanders Ink Addlery Again


    The Puerto Rico Islanders are very pleased to announce the return of stellar forward Nicholas Addlery. Addlery joined the Islanders in January 2009 making a great impression to the technical staff during pre-season and proving it with his excellent performance during that year’s USL season and CONCACAF Champions League. Addlery scored two goals against CD Marathon of Honduras to go through to the Champions League Semifinals. And scored two goals in the Semifinals’ first leg against Mexico’s Cruz Azul. Then he played on loan with Aguila in El Salvador, and tried out for Mexico’s Cruz Azul, but came back to Puerto Rico in 2010 looking for a Championship and got two; the Caribbean Championship and the USSF D-2 Championship.

    In 2011 he re-signs with the Puerto Rico Islanders looking to repeat those titles and go even further in the CONCACAF Champions League. “Nick Addlery is a very important player for us. He is a strong forward with a vast experience and excellent definition. We are very excited to have him back for the 2011 NASL (North American Soccer League) season, the CFU (Caribbean Football Union) Championship and eventually the CONCACAF Champions League”, said Islanders President, Andrés Guillemard.

    http://www.nasl.com/article/islanders-ink-addlery-again

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    USSF Board of Directors Narrowly Approves 1-year Provisional Sanctioning of NASL; AGM Must Still Ratify

    In a narrow 6-5 vote with both U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati and MLS Commissioner Don Garber abstaining, the USSF Board of Directors approved the North American Soccer League (NASL) to provisionally sanction Division 2 pro soccer in the U.S. for 2011. The approval came with a special 1-year provisional status and must be ratified in today’s Annual General Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    According to sources close to the situation, U.S. Soccer’s review committee made up of Carlos Cordeiro, Executive Vice President Mike Edwards and Secretary General Dan Flynn met with NASL executives on Thursday evening. The committee reviewed the NASL’s financial documents and judged whether the proposed league met the tough new U.S. Soccer standards set for division 2 pro soccer. The committee had tough questions for the NASL in Thursday evening’s meeting and NASL officials left the meeting with good reason to be concerned


    http://www.insidemnsoccer.com/2011/0...-still-ratify/

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    Fans to Decide Scorpions FC Logo


    SAN ANTONIO – The judges have narrowed 300 entries in the “Design Our Team Logo” contest to three, and now fans can help determine which of the three finalists will become the logo of San Antonio’s new pro soccer team, the Scorpions FC.

    Fans will be asked to vote for their favorite design at www.SoccerforaCause.com from Tuesday, Feb. 15, until 5 p.m. CST Monday, Feb. 28. Plans also call for ballots to be printed in the San Antonio Express-News. The winning logo will be unveiled in early March.

    http://www.nasl.com/article/fans-to-...rpions-fc-logo

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    FC Tampa Bay Signs Portland's Keith Savage


    FC Tampa Bay has signed attacking midfielder Keith Savage to a one-year contract, along with a one-year club option for 2012. Savage, a Gulf Breeze, Fla. native, most recently played for Portland from 2009-2010.

    While with the Timbers, Savage appeared in 40 matches, scoring three goals and recording three assists. During the 2009 season, he was one of only two players to appear in all 30 regular season matches. Savage was also a part of the squad which set a USL-1 record with a 24-game unbeaten streak during the 2009 regular season and which won the 2009 USL-1 Commissioner’s Cup. Savage was limited in the beginning of the 2010 season due to injury but appeared in 10 games with eight starts at the end of the season

    http://www.nasl.com/article/fc-tampa...s-keith-savage

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    NY Red Bulls 2- FTL Strikers 0


    “I felt our players responded well to the early goal, considering it was our first preseason game and we’ve only been in camp four days. With that being said it was great to see so many fans at our first preseason match and we would like to see them again in the near future.” said Strikers Coach Daryl Shore.

    Later in the first half, there was a controversial non-penalty decision when Strikers’ forward Aaron Wheeler went down in the penalty area with no call toward the end of the first half. Bryan Arguez nearly leveled the scoring when his shot from 13 yards out narrowly missed the crossbar.


    New York midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy doubled the Red Bull’s advantage midway through the second half with a blazing run from the left wing and then beating Strikers’ goalkeeper Matt Glaeser at the far post.


    Even with the Red Bull’s roster of star players, the Strikers still held a large portion of possession and as well as multiple scoring chances in both halves of today’s friendly. The Strikers will look to build on this game as they continue their preseason preparations into March.

    http://www.nasl.com/article/ny-red-b...ftl-strikers-0

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    David Downs Named NASL Commissioner

    Veteran soccer and broadcast executive to lead NASL


    MIAMI, FL (March 28, 2011) - The North American Soccer League (NASL) is pleased to announce the appointment of David Downs as the league's first Commissioner. Downs will assume his new role with the NASL on April 4th.

    Downs joins the NASL after serving as Executive Director of the USA Bid Committee, the organization created by the U.S. Soccer Federation to participate in the bidding process to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 and 2022. Prior to that, he spent more than 30 years in the broadcast industry as an executive with both ABC Sports and Univision Communications. During his broadcast career, Downs was instrumental in the successful negotiations to secure the U.S. television rights to every World Cup from USA '94, through Brazil '14.

    "I'm excited to hit the ground running with the NASL as we work to elevate second division soccer in North America and play an active role in taking soccer to the next level in the region," said Downs. "We plan to work closely with the fans, players, administrators, other leagues and everyone else involved in this beautiful game to build up the NASL at a league and local market level."

    http://www.nasl.com/index.php?id=3&newsid=234

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    lol @ downs

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    Fort Lauderdale Strikers Release New Logo

    Strikers unveil new logo to South Florida community


    FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (MARCH 27, 2011) -- The Fort Lauderdale Strikers unveiled its new team logo Sunday evening during the City of Fort Lauderdale centennial celebration.

    The primary color palette of the logo consists of a deep Striker Red connecting with the heart and passion of the players and fans of the "Beautiful Game," while the Striker Gold symbolizes the warmth of the "Sunshine State" and City of Fort Lauderdale. The Striker Charcoal Gray serves as an accent honoring the proud heritage of the original Fort Lauderdale Strikers. The secondary colors of Strikers Metallic Gold and Strikers Beach Sand are complimentary colors to the Strikers' primary color palette, which aims to deepen the connections between fans, partners, the community and the team.

    The new primary logo leverages on the brand identity’s visual attributes of the original mark in addition to utilizing an evolved "Fort Lauderdale" script and "STRIKERS" typeface. This direction presents a neoclassical take on the traditional football club crest badge incorporating a contemporary seven-pointed sun with ball signifying the golden era of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers from 1977 to 1983. The logo also has a distinctive tie to the City of Fort Lauderdale’s landmark wave wall columns of Las Olas that bookend the memorable Strikers jersey hoops embracing the heritage and at the same time evolving the Strikers brand for future “Striker Likers.

    http://www.nasl.com/index.php?id=3&newsid=233

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    Strikers and Community Celebrate Uniform Unveiling

    Strikers present new uniforms to fans at ceremony

    FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (MARCH 29, 2011) – The Fort Lauderdale Strikers had their uniform unveiling celebration last night at The Hard Rock Café at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

    “Tonight was the culmination of a long, remarkable journey that sees us breathe life back into the legacy and legend that is the Fort Lauderdale Strikers,” states Commercial Director Tommy Knapp. “The place was packed! It was great to have so many fans join us at the Hard Rock Café to share in the excitement about the team and jersey—the stripes are back and we can already hear the fans chanting Red and Yellow, Red and Yellow, Red and Yellow!”

    http://www.nasl.com/index.php?id=3&newsid=241

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    FC Edmonton Announce Sears Financial as Jersey Sponsors

    EDMONTON, Alberta- When FC Edmonton players take to the field this season they’ll be backed by a premier partner represented on the team’s home and away jerseys.

    Owner Tom Fath and the rest of the club’s players, coaches and staff are pleased to welcome Sears Financial as FC Edmonton’s major sponsor.

    “It’s my extreme pleasure to announce our main sponsor, Sears Financial, who is making such a significant statement of support,” Fath said. “It is a great privilege to have an international organization with such a strong reputation join us, support us and share in the great things we hope to do in, for and with this city.”

    http://www.nasl.com/index.php?id=3&newsid=249

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    Help Choose The San Antonio Scorpions Jersey

    Scorpions fans helped the newest NASL team choose a team name and menacing-looking logo, and now we invite everyone to help us choose one of three Scorpions jersey designs. The Scorpions have collaborated with Nike Inc., recently announced as one of the team's major sponsors, on coming up with three designs in team colors of black, red and gold. You can vote here from now until Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Ballots also can be found in editions of the San Antonio Express-News.

    After all the votes are tallied, the winning jersey will be unveiled in June. Just like the "Select Our Logo Design" contest, a voter chosen at random will be awarded four tickets to a Scorpions home game and a package of team gear including a new jersey.

    http://www.nasl.com/index.php?id=3&newsid=417

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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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