NPSL Match Day #2
Boston City FC v Seacoast United Phantoms
Saturday, May 7th, 2016
Malden Catholic High School, Malden, MA
Kick Off: 6:00PM
Burg Brigade 1728 is the newly formed supporters group of Fredericksburg FC. Non League America was able to speak with one of the founders, Tom Leiss to get a closer understanding of the connection to the team, its history and the match day atmosphere they hope to bring to every game. The Brigade was formed ahead of their first home match on June 9th against Legacy 76. Enjoy this exclusive interview with Tom Leiss, founder of the Brigade – and also blogger for Soccer Junkies, and columnist for the Free Lance Star of Fredericksburg.
Fredericksburg FC (FFC), an NPSL club in the Mid-Atlantic Conference played their inaugural match late last month in Virginia Beach, Virginia. While the result was nothing more than a 1-1 draw on the road, it was really a celebration of soccer development in the US and the reinvention the team has accomplished over the past year. Read more →
Chattanooga FC has built the most consistent 4th Division winning club in the United States reaching 3 finals in 4 years (winning none). Pushed on by their supporters, the Chattahooligans, they drew 9000 to last years national semifinal. They also beat their first professional opposition in 2014, the Wilmington Hammerheads 3-1 in the second round of the US Open Cup before getting knocked out by the Atlanta Silverbacks 5-0 in the third round.
Back again in the cup this year, Chattanooga hosted the PDL’s Ocala Stampede in the first round. This is how it all went down.
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.
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 →