NASL Commish Bill Peterson Talks To Soccer Morning

On March 31 North American Soccer League (NASL) Commissioner Bill Peterson was guest of Jason Davis and Soccer Morning. Peterson talks US Soccer, NASL expansion and Minnesota United FC.

“It’s where the game is in this country. I mean think about it. Last Wednesday that team and those players and that owner were in NASL at 10 o’clock in the morning. At 2 o’clock in the afternoon they’re in a different league. What changed? They wrote a check.”

Team Illinois Wins US Qualifier, Headed To Dubai

Originally posted on Indoor Soccer News:


32 teams of 5-a-side soccer met in Chicago over two days last weekend in the World Soccer 5’s USA Qualifier event. The prize: an all-expenses paid trip to Dubai for the Football 5’s World Championship. The winning team ended up to be the home-side, Team Illinois.

Teams representing their state played three 20-minute matches on Saturday at Grand Sports Arena, home of the Chicago Mustangs Premier (PASL). At the end of group play the top two teams of each group advanced to the knockout Round of 16, which was played on Sunday live on ESPN3 at Sears Centre.

WS5Group D winner Team Illinois went 2-1-0 the first day, with wins over Team Nevada (1-0) and Team Oregon (2-1). Their lone blemish was a 2-2 draw with Team Iowa.

In the Round of 16 Illinois defeated Group E runner-up Team Louisiana 2-1. That was followed by a 4-3 win against New…

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Quarterfinals Of WMF World Cup Set

Originally posted on Indoor Soccer News:

WMFFirst Round group play is complete as the 12 teams have each played three matches. The top two teams of Group A, Group B and Group C advance to the quarterfinals along with two wildcard teams.

Mexico (3-0-0) won Group B while EMF miniEURO champion Romania (2-0-1) finished second. Third place Germany (1-0-2) scored 32 goals and was a +15 in goal difference to clinch a wild card spot.

In Group C Brazil (3-0-0) topped the four-team group to advance. They will stay in Flint (MI) to face Group A runner-up Czech Republic (1-1-1). Group C runner-up Canada (1-1-1) will face Romania in Tulsa on Thursday.

USANISTUSA (3-0-0) clinched Group A by defeating Czech Republic 5-4. The Americans will face wild card Germany (1-0-2) on Friday at Tulsa Expo Square.


7:00 PM: Brazil vs Czech Republic

7:00 PM: Mexico vs El Salvador

8:30 PM: Romania vs Canada



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Minnesota Adult Soccer 2015

With the arrival of warmer weather talk of the outdoor season in Minnesota is heating up. The state soccer scene is much more than Minnesota United FC (NASL), Minnesota United Reserves and Minnesota TwinStars FC (NPSL). USASA and Minnesota Soccer Association sanction several leagues in the state, including MASL and MRSL in the Twin Cities. This summer will see the debut of a new league: the American Premier League.

The five-team APL hopes to bring more attention to the adult soccer scene in the Upper Midwest and clubs from around the region have taken notice. A league-wide player combine is scheduled for April 11 at the Hopkins Pavilion and all players are welcome to attend. There is no fee, but a deadline to register is set for March 28.  APL will kick off their inaugural season in June.

Minnesota Adult Soccer Pyramid

Minnesota Soccer Pyramid

American Premier League Open Tryout Info

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American Premier League will be hosting an open tryout on Saturday, April 11. Staff from all five APL clubs will be evaluating players for the upcoming 2015 season.

The tryout will be at the Hopkins Pavilion and is open to all players and there is no fee to attend. To register click on the ‘Log In’ button on the top of the website and create a new account. Deadline for players to register is March 28.

For more information contact the APL by email at:

VIDEO: Hero manager of semi-pro team scores goal, saves penalty

Originally posted on ProSoccerTalk:

Semi-professional club Greys Athletic, a member of the Ryman League, trailed 2-1 to Hampton & Richmond Borough last week. That was before Mark Bentley came on.

Their manager, apparently nicknamed “Super Bento,” substituted himself onto the field in an attempt to shore up the midfield and with a view towards getting back into the game. Little did he know he would be embarking on a journey that would wrap up with the 37-year-old validating his nickname.

He scored a header off a corner to level the score at 2-2. Then, with his goalkeeper having been sent off with nine minutes to go, he donned the gloves and awkwardly saved a penalty (albeit, a pretty awful penalty). They defended the even scoreline a man down for nine minutes, and to cap it all off, Greys ended up winning on a last-minute goal from teammate Joao Carlos that proved the final kick…

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Meet The American Premier League

APLA new league is in town (maybe yours). American Premier League (APL) is poised to take on the established Minnesota Amateur Soccer League (MASL) and Minnesota Recreation Soccer League (MRSL). The inaugural APL season is scheduled to begin in June of 2015.

The club behind the creation of the new APL is FC Minneapolis, established in 2013.

FC Minneapolis finished last in the MRSL Division 1 Sunday league this past summer at 0-0-14. Their fall campaign in the Minneapolis Park & Rec Board (MPRB) Fall League went much better for the club finishing second at 3-2-1, albeit against slightly lower level competition (FC Dunham, Internazionale Corsica, LynLake United, Savigent, Summit FC and Triremes).

Sanctioned by the U.S. Adult Soccer Association (USASA), the APL is affiliated with US Soccer, USASA Region II and Minnesota Soccer Association. Once established, the league hopes to become one of the premier fifth-tier leagues in the Upper Midwest of the United States.

Now four other clubs have formed to help create the APL. All five charter member clubs are based in the Twin Cities metro area, but the league has had inquiries from around the state for 2016. The league is set to play an eight-match regular season to begin on June 6 when FC Minneapolis will host Brooklyn Park SC at Park Center High School.

APL Clubs

  • Blaine City FC – National Sports Center
  • Brooklyn Park SC – Prairie Seeds Academy Field
  • Hopkins United – St. Louis Park HS Stadium
  • FC Minneapolis – Park Center HS Stadium
  • St. Louis Park FC – St. Louis Park HS Stadium

Ludwig Media Partners With APL

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Ludwig Media is pleased to announce their partnership with the American Premier League (APL). Established in 2014, the APL is set to begin their inaugural season in April of 2015.

The new semi-professional league, which is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), will open play with an indoor preseason in early April. The outdoor season is scheduled to begin on June 6.

“I am thrilled to be associated with the APL,” commented Scott Ludwig, president of Ludwig Media. “My goal is to present and promote the league, its clubs and players, in a professional manner.  We want to help the league grow to be the preferred place to play in the Upper Midwest.”

The five founding clubs are:

Interested players may register to play in the APL by filling out a ‘

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