It was a special night at the MCU Center in Brooklyn, New York where the New York Cosmos hosted the Ottawa Fury on Saturday May 2, 2015. Non League America was on site to witness history, as the Cosmos B took the field for the very first time in the National Premier Soccer League. We also had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. David Kilpatrick, a New York Cosmos club historian.
A very special thanks to La Banda del Cosmos, The Borough Boys, and the Cross Island Crew. Thank you.
The Southeast is a weird intersection of soccer culture. Barren of any MLS team between 2001 and this year, the Southeast has had hit-and-miss success with lower division teams – for every Chattanooga FC, there is a Rocket City United. The distance between teams in the South has not made things any easier. In fact, the drastic space between clubs actually made the New Orleans Jesters leave PDL in 2012 for the NPSL, who at the time offered them teams much closer to them. However, since that move, the Mississippi Storm (Ocean Springs, MS), Rocket City United (Huntsville, AL), Panama City Beach Pirates, and Pensacola City FC have all folded.
Despite these teams departing, New Orleans has actually experienced something of a rebirth. With the founding of its supporters’ group, the Royal Court, in 2013, New Orleans suddenly has a crowd of rambunctious and eclectic personalities that match the reputation of the city coming out to cheer on their boys in purple and green. They are building something that could soon come to the forefront of NPSL supporters’ culture.
Meanwhile, the remnants of Pensacola City FC’s supporters’ group, the Gulf Coast Armada, is beginning their trek around the Southeast to various teams this summer in hopes of attracting a new owner to Pensacola, FL or Mobile, AL.
The Jesters are building their reputation. The Armada is trying to rebuild theirs. In a game that places an “old” club in the Jesters against a young supporter-funded club in Nashville FC, is the centerpiece for a look at how Southern hospitality and a kinship between the Armada and the Royal Court is helping to define southern soccer supporter culture.
It is that time of the year again when we get to experience all of the lower division soccer glory that this great nation has to offer – the first round of the US Open Cup is upon us! We at Non League America want to make sure you enjoy yourselves during game day. To ensure you optimize your experience we are providing you with a list of Non League America’s Match Day Essentials. Read more →
Dallas Donovan – Rhode Island’s leading scorer last year – moves the ball forward
Anticipation was high as we waited in line for tickets to the Rhode Island Reds’ season opener against their divisional rivals, Greater Lowell United FC (GLUFC), at their new home at Brown University’s Berylson Family FIeld. We quickly found our hopes dashed and ourselves staring awkwardly at the field; the space had been overbooked for a children’s lacrosse game. This was quite the unusual beginning for the Reds home opener. The soccer gods were not on Rhode Island’s side, and, after the children and lacrosse parents slowly trickled out, a thick fog fitting for a John Carpenter flick rolled in. Read more →
It was early April when Keasel Broome signed his first professional contract. The former Premier Development League (PDL) standout had previously been drafted by MLS San Jose Earthquakes, but due to a shoulder injury was released. Keasel instead made his way back to the East Coast, and signed his first professional contract with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League (NASL). Keasel, a Delaware native, began playing soccer at the age of three years old. He states that he “began playing keeper because I was overweight and had asthma, it was the only position I could play. Soccer was always my first choice sport, but I did also play a little basketball, and I was also the kicker on the football team.” Keasel now attributes his time spent in the PDL to developing his game and he believes it prepared him for his first professional contract. Broome has played for three PDL teams throughout his college career; Reading AC, Ocean City Nor’Easters and Boston Rams. Read more →
Greater Lowell United FC (GLUFC) are entering their second season in the North Atlantic Conference of the NPSL. GLUFC hopes to learn from their inaugural season and find more on the field success in 2015. Our own Bryan_Speaks sat down with GLUFC’s co-owner Tim Melican to discuss the team’s hopes and desires for their second season.
Rejoice! The 2015 NPSL season is upon us! Teams in the Mid-Atlantic states of Virginia and Maryland are finishing up tryouts and gearing up for the season. New clubs have entered the division this year, some relocation has been made, and some “old guard” is still around. So, here’s a “who’s who?” of the 2015 NPSL Mid Atlantic Division line up. Read more →
Our own Bryan Speaks met with Jon Fonseca of the Rhode Island Reds and the Boston Rams. The Boston Rams were founded in September of 2012 and will be moving into their 3rd PDL season. While, the NPSL Reds are also anticipating their 3rd season, and will now be playing their home games in Providence, RI at Berylson Family Fields at Brown University. Jon is the current President of the Reds in the NPSL, and also the Director of Marketing for the Boston Rams. This exclusive interview takes a look into the life of Jon’s juggling act of two of New England’s up and coming teams, and what he has planned for the future. Read more →
The 2015 National Premier Soccer League season is upon us. When the league released its 2015 division alignment a total of 19 clubs were missing from the previous season. While that is not an earth shattering number for anyone who follows lower division soccer in the states, this season we at Non League America have decided to ask the question… “Where are they now?” Read more →