(Elizabeth, New Jersey, June 29, 2015) – The United States Soccer Leagues is pleased to officially announce their arrival in the United States of America soccer landscape. We are looking forward to bringing a soccer league open to all clubs from all parts of the country. Read more →
The First Round of the US Open Cup is documented by Non League America. The Seacoast United Phantoms of the PDL travel to Cambridge, MA to take on local side GPS Massachusetts.
The qualification process through US Soccer adult league channels can always be complicated, convoluted and nonsensical. Regardless of the elaborate journey, Harpo’s FC have strung together two victories in cup play to ensure their spot in the 2nd Round of the tournament where they will take on Colorado Springs FC of the USL. Non League America was able to speak with Johnny Freeston, the owner and manager of Harpo’s, to gain more insight into their Open Cup run. Read more →
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.
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Despite the fact the Birmingham Hammers do not currently belong to any league, they are poised to begin their 2015 campaign May 9th against Nashville FC (NPSL). The Hammers were founded in 2013 with the goal of bringing professional soccer to Birmingham, or Magic City as it is affectionately known. Despite being league-less, the team has an impressive exhibition schedule this year. The Hammers will face off against several NPSL and PDL teams from the region including: Nashville FC, MS Brilla, and the Knoxville Force. Buzz in the Magic City has been remarkable, and the team has an independent supporters group, known as the Magic City Brigade (MCB), that started in the team’s infancy. MCB founder Forrest Collins provided some insight into the creation of the supporters group and his hopes for his crew and his team moving forward. Read more →
The Non League America team was out in San Francisco last week for the historic preliminary round match between supporter owned San Francisco City FC representing US Club Soccer and the re-assembled Wynalda led Open Cup legends Cal FC representing USASA Region IV. The match posted a record preliminary round attendance of 1519. We caught up with some of the supporter owners and the head coach, and were treated to a truly exceptional halftime honorarium for all the past San Francisco US Open Cup championship teams, many from the “long lost dark ages” (Pre 1996 MLS entry) when local ethnic based USASA affiliated clubs offered the highest level of competitive football in the United States. We love to see this kind of reverence for history, and hope to uncover additional historical connections as we investigate the lower division landscape. Thanks to Evan Ream for the great work. Check him out on twitter @EvanReam.
The Pacific Northwest is known for its rabid soccer support. The support is seemingly ingrained within the numerous hipster subcultures that seem to grow like fungus out of the crisp dew grass. (Not an insult, I swear. If anyone has a spare couch, let me know – I am jealous). Bryan_Speaks had the opportunity to chat with one of the most passionate group of supporters from the area – and not the Timbers Army. Bryan spoke with the Vancouver Victory’s supporter group, The Vanguard of the Evergreen Premier League. The Vanguard are a close knit group who are known for their undying passion. These supporters, still in their infancy, are looking for more members who will stand proud and sing loud in their second season in the EPLWA which kicks off April 25th. Read more →
On Saturday, the American Soccer League entered their second week of the 2015 season. Our own Bryan_Speaks was present at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, MA to witness the match up between the Rhode Island Oceaneers and Western Mass Pro Soccer. The match saw Western Mass far from their beloved Lusitano Stadium, where they regularly play their home matches as a result of the harsh New England winter.
The evening of Sunday, March 15th will always hold a special place in my heart. No, not because of some MLS (single entity) game that I witnessed at Yankee Stadium, but because I finally made it to the Met Oval in Maspeth, Queens, New York. The journey was arduous and I defied death throughout, but it was all worth it to experience this historic pitch.