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NPSL Golden Gate Conference Best 11

The NPSL season is now headed to its home stretch with the 4 regional champions having been determined this weekend. The last remaining Golden Gate Conference team is the Sonoma County Sol, one of the most successful teams in NPSL history. They won another Golden Gate Conference regular season title

First Class: NASL Team of the Spring 2016

The final week of the Spring was rather exciting. Indy Eleven remained undefeated but, more importantly, rallied to score the four goals needed to win the Spring title over the New York Cosmos. It was an exhilarating performance from Indy as they thrashed the Carolina Railhawks. I wanted to wait until

First Class: NASL Best XI, Week 10

It was a vital weekend in the NASL. Unfortunately, the opening drama--the shocking upset of the New York Cosmos by Ft. Lauderdale Strikers--quickly dissipated as every team that could have taken advantage of the Cosmos lost wasting opportunity. So now, going into the final week of the Spring, the Cosmos have all

First Class: NASL Best XI, Week 9

It was another wild weekend in the NASL. Teams fell that should have won, teams won that really shouldn't have, and a draw frustrated one team's climb to the top of the standings. Let's take a moment and consider the Spring table. Since the league instituted the split season format, it has

First Class: NASL Best XI, Week 8

I've been fantastically wrong in my weekly predictions, and it's been wonderful. This season's NASL is perhaps the most competitive yet and certainly the most interesting (infuriating). There have been superb individual performances every week from nearly every team regardless of outcome. So, as we move towards the conclusion of

First Class: NASL Best XI, Week 7

It might be a bit late. I usually try to get out our Best XI ahead of the league's official Team of the Week, but I thought this week to lie in wait. I've got to say that with only a couple of agreements, my Best XI doesn't quite match

First Class: NASL Best XI, Week 6

The two things learned this week: Miami FC is playing worse than David Beckham's Miami team and Carolina has come back down to Earth. Regarding the latter, the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers apparently decided they had had enough of being the worst team in Florida. Arriving in Cary, North Carolina, the Strikers owned the

First Class: NASL Best XI, Week 5

New York Cosmos goalkeeper Jimmy Mauer was by far the best between the stick this week. Centerback Timbo for the Ottawa Fury was more than a match for Miami FC's 'offense' while managing to score the opening goal. But the Fury need to make a decision about who to pair with

First Class: NASL Best XI, Week 4

  It's gotten to the point now that every weekly Best XI is going to feature at least one Carolina Railhawks attacker. Once again, Carolina dominated its opponent. A miracle save by Matt Pickens kept Nazmi Albadawi from opening the scoring and later it was Albadawi who provided the service for

First Class: NASL Best XI, Week 3

We're seeing all the NASL teams beginning to find their feet. Week 3 saw a some pretty fabulous plays, not just goals but some impressive saves. Carolina Railhawks maintain their spot at the top of the table whereas the Canadian teams continue to languish at the bottom with more of

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