Twin Cities Derby Resumes On Wednesday

MN United FCWhen Minnesota United FC (NASL) entered a reserves side in the National Premier Soccer League in 2014 a new rivalry was born: the Twin Cities Derby. Two clubs separated by just over 30 miles of freeway and presently the only NPSL teams in the state of Minnesota.

On Wednesday, July 1 the next chapter of the derby will be played at East Ridge High School Stadium, home of Minnesota United FC Reserves (3-2-3), in Woodbury. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Minnesota TwinStars FC have bounced around the west metro in recent seasons, now calling Cooper High School Stadium in Robbinsdale their home. Their young squad is currently bottom of the 13-team NPSL Midwest table at 0-1-5.

There have been three meetings between the clubs so far with each winning once and one draw.

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June 8, 2014 – TwinStars FC 3-1

June 15, 2014 – draw 1-1

June 7, 2015 – MNUFC Reserves 2-0

July 1, 2015 – 7:00 PM at East Ridge HS

July 13. 2015 – 8:30 PM at East Ridge HS

Western Mass, Icon FC Play For Inaugural ASL Cup

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On July 3, 2015 the inaugural American Soccer League (ASL) season will close with the first ASL Cup. Western Mass PSC will face Icon FC at Rowan Stadium in Philadelphia to decide the first league champion.

Western Mass PSC (11-1-7) topped the regular season table with just one loss during the ASL split-season (Fall and Spring). The loss came at the hands of Rhode Island Oceaneers on April 11.

In their semifinal match Western Mass defeated Philadelphia Fury 2-0. Chris Roswess and Tomaso D’Agostino were the goal scorers while Jose Silva earned the clean sheet with four saves.

New Jersey-based Icon FC (9-4-4) mixed in a week-long tour of China in late May playing against Citizen FC (Hong Kong First Division), Guangzhou Evergrande (China Super League) and Eastern SC (Hong Kong Premier League), winning all three friendlies. Icon were atop the ASL table at times during the season making observers believe the two best clubs are meeting in the final.

Icon FC earned a 6-0 victory over Rhode Island in their semifinal to advance.

During the regular season the teams played twice, both resulting in a 1-1 draw. The first matchup was on October 25 at Lusitano Stadium with the most recent match played on June 6.

WHAT: 2015 ASL Cup

WHEN: Friday, July 3 at 7 PM (ET)

WHERE: Rowan Stadium, Philadelphia

Fans can follow the ASL Cup teams on Twitter: @IconSoccer @WMProSoccer

Mexican club Tigres make landmark signing for Liga MX — French star Andre-Pierre Gignac

Originally posted on ProSoccerTalk:

In what very much looks to be a landmark moment for Liga MX, 29-year-old Andre-Pierre Gignac has snubbed reported interest from the Premier League and elsewhere in his native France in order to join Mexican side Tigres.

[ MORE: Thursday’s transfer rumor roundup ]

Gignac, who scored 21 league goals for Marseille during the 2014-15 season (Ligue 1’s second-highest scorer, ahead of both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani), will reportedly earn an annual salary of $4.5 million while at Tigres, and on Thursday he received a hero’s welcome at the airport in Monterrey just hours after his signing was announced.

Not every player is capable — abilities aside, but in terms of personality and mentality — of bucking standard logic and making the Europe-to-North America jump at such an early, still-productive point in their career. The idea of bona fide stars taking their talents to another continent while still in the primes of their careers…

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ASL2 Announced With Summer 2015 Kickoff

ASL2_LogoThe American Soccer League (ASL) announces its NCAA-compliant division, ASL2, which kicks off next month. ASL2 will begin play on the East Coast and has confirmed 2016 summer expansion to the Midwest.

“ASL2 is a pivotal component of ASL’s powerful business and player development models,” said ASL CEO, Matt Driver. “It’s important for us, as a League, to facilitate the transition from youth-team and collegiate levels to the professional ranks for American players.”

ASL2 begins play featuring five teams with 2014/2015 ASL counter-parts such as the Philadelphia Fury, AC Crusaders, RI Oceaneers, Mass United FC, and Evergreen Diplomats, in addition to teams new to ASL – including Lancaster Lions and New Hampshire and Long Island.

“Our long-term vision is to have clubs provide players a vertically-integrated model encompassing youth-level, amateur, and professional teams,” said ASL Commissioner Dan Trainor. “ASL2 enables our ASL teams to create a pool of players that they can train and monitor their progression.”

Expansion for ASL2 is already underway as the Midwest has confirmed the Milwaukee Torrent, FC Fargo, and a team yet to be named in St. Paul, MN all set to kick off in 2016.

“The ASL and ASL2’s model and my experience working with Dan [Trainor] and Matt [Driver] were what attracted us to the League,” said Milwaukee Torrent Owner and ASL2 Midwest Manager, Andreas Davi. “The Midwest has so many teams with the ambition to play Pro Soccer but until now, there was no cost-effective league available. There is a void in Professional Soccer and we are one step closer to filling the void with the launch of ASL2 in the Midwest.”

Each ASL2 Region features its own Regional Manager who is responsible for the administrative duties of the League including scheduling, registration, and enforcing minimum standards.

“The ASL provides a platform for talented players after college and ASL2 allows players to receive top-level coaching and play at a high standard while maintaining their amateur status” said ASL2 East Coast Manager, Joel Needham. “ASL2 also allows players a chance to build a relationship with the Club’s Front Office thanks to the vertically-integrated model.”

Matt Driver and Dan Trainor are also available for comment upon request and may be reached at matt@aslsoccer.us and commissioner@aslsoccer.us respectively.

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:

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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.

Thursday

7:00 PM: Brazil vs Czech Republic

7:00 PM: Mexico vs El Salvador

8:30 PM: Romania vs Canada

Friday

7:30…

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