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#MLS2STPETE: Understanding the Al Lang Stadium Referendum

City Council meetings are admittedly never very exciting. Much of the discussions revolve around parcels, ad-valorem taxes, zoning questions, program awareness, and the occasional personal complaint about something the city is doing to anger one of its residents.   Very rarely do you see a great deal of outside discussion, or

The Future Of US Club Soccer At A Crossroads: Part Two – How NASL Can Overhaul Its Value Proposition & Bring Promotion & Relegation To US Soccer

Fair warning: This is a promotion and relegation article.  As such, it will not be for many readers.  If you find discussion on the topic of promotion and relegation upsetting, for the sake of your blood pressure, turn back now.  All others, proceed. Let’s get this out of the way:  Promotion

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

Cosmos take top of table, keep Rowdies winless in New York

Coming off a 2-1 loss in Edmonton, the Cosmos hosted the Tampa Bay Rowdies in a decades-old rivalry that promised an exciting showdown. Securing a 2-1 win, the game not only offered that, but also vaulted the Cosmos to the top of the NASL table with two matches left. The Cosmos

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