Soccer Across America: Sep. 17

Dan Hagan | Only Love Soccer

USL

Pittsburgh is the location of the newest SSS in the US. Here’s a fancy video showing off the renderings of the site. If you are a super soccer nerd (SSN), here’s your construction cam. Don’t worry, when the Timbers were renovating, I watched their live cam often. I’m a complete self identifying SSN.

Orlando sent it’s mayor and the owner of Orlando City to visit and tour Livestrong Park to get ideas for a SSS being sought for MLS.

Phoenix FC have announced their new stadium. Sort of. Not really.

NASL

All the playoff spots have been decided. Here’s their ranking and possible outcomes. Only a surprising 13 points separate them all, including the race for first. Tampa Bay is only 3 points off from first place San Antonio, and Tampa Bay are on a 9 out of 10 game unbeaten streak. Both the Rowdies and Scorpions have 2 games left to decide who gets the first round bye.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies have developed new plans for a reconfigured layout at Al Lang Stadium for the next 4 years.

Minnesota Stars just clinched a playoff spot with a 4-0 win over PRI.

I just found out that the Puerto Rico Islanders are basically the Puerto Rico National team.

San Antonio’s Scorpions are building a new SSS stadium with 4 phases of upgrades possible. Toyota has already bought the Naming rights. Now to tug at the heart strings, the SA Scorpions are an extension of Morgan’s Wonderland, a theme park designed for Special Needs children. For a lower division team, their suites are amazing. They are better than the suites at Portland’s Jeld Wen Field.

This election season comes down to two big names. One the name we’re used to. We know it. It knows us. Then there’s the challenger. A new name that really isn’t that new. It’s just been awhile. Early voting has started and is encouraged. The final results will be tallied on the same day as the Presidential election, Nov. 6. The real election is between two names the Atlanta Silverbacks have allowed the fans to vote for.

Loan & Trial News

After losing the Championship game on Saturday to Charleston Battery, Corey Hertzog’s loan to Wilimington Hammerheads ended and he was called back up to RBNY.

Jamie Watson’s loan to Minnesota Stars is producing great results. He’s nominated for POTW along with MLS’s all-time goal scorer, Jeff Cunningham.

Sporting KC has agreed to loan Luke Sassano to Carolina RailHawks for the last weeks of their season.

Orlando City’s surplus of talented players has Dennis Chin and Jerome Mechack are trial with DC United. Add Matt Luzunaris to that list and it seems as if the whole team is on loan or on trial.

College

North Carolina is still number one. Five schools were knocked out of the top 25. Who made it in? Or who made it #1 in another poll?

Norte Dame is making a strong case for #1 as they just beat #4 Akron (now #9). Having moved up to #3, the fighting Irish could push to the #1 spot if this weekend works out for them.

Other stuff

KickTV visits Portland coinciding with both the Portland/Seattle rivalry game and K&S film festival. I know it’s not Lower Division, but I live in Portland and to not mention the biggest game yet for the city would seem, strange.

Posted on 2012/09/18, in America's game, Roundup, Today's links and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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