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NASL's Rishi Sehgal: 'The task is not small' 
The NASL finished its sixth season with 12 teams in November. Within a month, it was looking at a league ...
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NASL's Rishi Sehgal: 'The task is not small'
by Paul Kennedy on Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 5:35 PM EST
Photo The NASL finished its sixth season with 12 teams in November. Within a month, it was looking at a league with as few as six teams. But it will go forward with eight teams in 2017 after it received provisional Division 2 sanctioning from U.S. Soccer on Jan. 5. Interim commissioner Rishi Sehgal talked with Soccer America about the league's new vision and how it will approach future expansion.  
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"I know there were players that came in that it didn't matter as much to. If you get enough of ...
NASL Moves: Deltas reach 11 with three more signings 
A former MLS defender is among three players who have agreed to play for NASL expansion team San Francisco Deltas. ...
MLS SuperDraft: Complete Round 3 and Round 4 picks 
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TV Report: Gomez retires, joins ESPN full-time 
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Arjen Robben extends Bayern Munich contract 
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Ghana's Andre Ayew breaks father's record 
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Swansea signs Sweden defender Martin Olsson 
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Roster: U.S. U-16 girls hold first 2017 camp
Coach Jaime Frias has called up 24 players, all but one born in 2002, for the first U.S. U-16 girls ...
Soccer America Confidential:
Ridge Mahoney


MLS expansion teams address their needs directly
The first SuperDraft of the expansion teams United is in the books. Minnesota went for a striker, Atlanta picked a ...
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NSCAA All-Americans: Junior College Division III
Richland sophomore Mikkel Rohde and Diablo Valley sophomore Katie McLaughlin were named the 2016 NSCAA Junior College Division III Men's ...
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There are hundreds of soccer referee certification clinics held across the United States every year. Sadly, most refs passing these ...
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Clearance: an ugly play, a useless stat
For some time now I have been wondering about the soccer term "clearance." A term, admittedly, that I have been hearing, and using for decades without giving it much thought.

"I know there were players that came in that it didn't matter as much to. If you get enough of those players, one or two can get found out, but if you get enough of those players you lose sight of what you are all about. While it was a good idea in theory, it had its flaws. Bruce will 100 percent get that back."

-- U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard, saying the identity of the national team program was either lost, or at least obscured, under Jurgen Klinsmann, who oversaw an influx of U.S. players born and raised his native Germany. Howard added that new coach Bruce Arena will bring back the belief in the U.S. shirt that he thinks was lost a little bit over the last few years. (USA Today)