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Landon Donovan: ‘Soccer means nothing when my players suffer’

The former USA star on his managerial growth, connecting with his players, and the homophobic and racist incidents that his team dealt with one year agoOn a warm September afternoon in southern California, Landon Donovan stands where he has so often st…

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Landon Donovan: ‘Soccer means nothing when my players suffer’

The former USA star on his managerial growth, connecting with his players, and the homophobic and racist incidents that his team dealt with one year agoOn a warm September afternoon in southern California, Landon Donovan stands where he has so often st…

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Landon Donovan: ‘Soccer means nothing when my players suffer’

The former USA star on his managerial growth, connecting with his players, and the homophobic and racist incidents that his team dealt with one year agoOn a warm September afternoon in southern California, Landon Donovan stands where he has so often st…

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Landon Donovan: ‘Soccer means nothing when my players suffer’

The former USA star on his managerial growth, connecting with his players, and the homophobic and racist incidents that his team dealt with one year agoOn a warm September afternoon in southern California, Landon Donovan stands where he has so often st…

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Queensboro FC: the team aiming to represent an area with 130 languages

Soccer in the US is often seen as a preserve of the suburbs. But a new team in New York City is looking to upend stereotypesIn most of the world, from the favelas of Brazil to the working-class streets of London and Lagos, soccer is seen as the people’…

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Queensboro FC: the team aiming to represent an area with 130 languages

Soccer in the US is often seen as a preserve of the suburbs. But a new team in New York City is looking to upend stereotypesIn most of the world, from the favelas of Brazil to the working-class streets of London and Lagos, soccer is seen as the people’…

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Former NFL star Marshawn Lynch joins ownership group of Oakland Roots SC

Five-time Pro Bowler joins ownership group of Oakland clubOakland Roots SC play in second tier of US men’s soccerLynch to bring financial literacy program to Bay Area studentsFormer NFL star Marshawn Lynch has joined the ownership group of Oakland Root…

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US soccer clubs team with Common Goal to launch Anti-Racist Project

The Anti-Racist Project (ARP) aims to fund a toolkit that will see 5,000 coaches, 60,000 young people, and 115 staff trained in over 400 communities in the first yearA coalition of leaders from the US soccer industry have partnered with the Common Goal…

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Collin Martin: ‘I can’t stand up against hate if I‘m not going to stick up for myself’

The San Diego Loyal midfielder, at the center of two brazen acts of discrimination this year, opens up about being part of a team who are willing to literally walk away from the game for each otherWhen Collin Martin came out as gay in 2018, he didn’t t…

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‘We have no history’: Can casino-chip bonuses and llamas turn Vegas into a soccer city?

The Las Vegas Lights CEO says the city’s swagger and Hispanic population can make his club into a success story in the Nevada desertThere’s not much of a soccer legacy in Las Vegas. The extent of it is the Quicksilvers, the itinerant team that only las…

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Crew prepare to leave Columbus … for a city about to launch another pro club

The MLS side may swap Ohio for Austin, Texas. But is there a room in a city which could go from zero professional clubs to two?Applause rippled through the room as a curtain fell to reveal the name and crest of Austin’s new professional soccer team. Bu…

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‘I’m exhausted for them’: When North Carolina FC just could not score – video

Try as they may, when North Carolina hosted Charleston Battery in the United Soccer League they were unable to score a winner in the seventh minute of stoppage time, despite around six chances on goal. Neil Morris, a contributor at NBC affili…

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‘Coaching is something I love’: Christian Pulisic’s father follows his passion

After playing a key role in his son’s rapid ascent, the father of American soccer’s would-be savior has resumed a deferred passionBlending into the background doesn’t seem to bother Mark Pulisic one bit. It was true last year while tucked away on the s…

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FC Cincinnati’s fairytale US Open Cup run continues into semi-finals

  • FC Cincinnati become first non-MLS team to reach semis in six years
  • Djiby Fall’s goal in the 68th minute makes difference for USL squad

FC Cincinnati of the United Soccer League won 1-0 over the NASL’s Miami FC on Wednesday to become the first lower-division team to reach the US Open Cup semi-finals in six years.

Senegalese forward Djiby Fall’s goal in the 68th minute, his fourth of the tournament, made the difference for the second-year club of the United Soccer League, which shares second-division status with the NASL in the United States pyramid.

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Why are foreign soccer stars buying up lower league teams in the US?

Players such as Didier Drogba and Eden Hazard are part owners of teams in the States. But it’s not top-flight MLS that attracts them

For years, the foreign soccer star was a fleeting sight on American soil: they came, they partied, they played a few games and then … they left. Now though, they’re not just passing through on an offseason Las Vegas binge or seeing out their careers in MLS. A new wave of stars are putting down roots by investing in America’s professional game.

But it’s not the top league – MLS – that they’re interested in. They’re throwing themselves into second-tier competitions such as the North American Soccer League and United Soccer League. They’re either joining fledgling, ambitious outfits, as Didier Drogba has done as a co-owner and player at Phoenix Rising FC, or creating new clubs altogether: Paolo Maldini co-founded Miami FC in 2015, while Demba Ba, Eden Hazard, Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sow recently co-founded a San Diego club that will start play in 2018.

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Why are foreign soccer stars buying up lower league teams in the US?

Players such as Didier Drogba and Eden Hazard are part owners of teams in the States. But it’s not top-flight MLS that attracts them

For years, the foreign soccer star was a fleeting sight on American soil: they came, they partied, they played a few games and then … they left. Now though, they’re not just passing through on an offseason Las Vegas binge or seeing out their careers in MLS. A new wave of stars are putting down roots by investing in America’s professional game.

But it’s not the top league – MLS – that they’re interested in. They’re throwing themselves into second-tier competitions such as the North American Soccer League and United Soccer League. They’re either joining fledgling, ambitious outfits, as Didier Drogba has done as a co-owner and player at Phoenix Rising FC, or creating new clubs altogether: Paolo Maldini co-founded Miami FC in 2015, while Demba Ba, Eden Hazard, Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sow recently co-founded a San Diego club that will start play in 2018.

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From Manchester City to Oklahoma: how a rejected footballer kept the dream alive

Laurie Bell became one of the most expensive 12-year-olds in British football history when Manchester City signed him from Stockport County, but he had to wait a decade – and move 4,000 miles away – to make his professional debut

By Laurie Bell for In Bed With Maradona, of the Guardian Sport Network

In the dressing room of a baseball stadium in the American South, I fiddled with orange shinpad tape, yanked my heels to my buttocks to stretch already-limber quadricep muscles, and tap-danced impatiently on plastic studded football boots. Ten more debutants in creaseless kits waited in line. A dipping Oklahoma sun peeked inside the tunnel, beckoning. When the referees eventually signalled that it was time, we marched out. First on red clay, then green grass, then across the straight white lines of a freshly painted football pitch. In the stands, 8,000 soccer rookies rose to their feet, waved homemade flags, and glugged half-price cans of Modelo beer. Up in the posh seats, the club’s hierarchy were given a first tangible taste of a team that had been two years in the making.

It was a momentous walk for all of us: the first action on the first night in Tulsa Roughnecks history. For me, it proved the last, improbable leg of a 14-year journey that had transported me 4,000 miles from my English home. At 22 years old, after a sequence of rejection and lateral footballing progress, my professional debut had finally arrived.

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With Rayo OKC, La Liga club throws hat in American soccer ring

With the inception of Rayo OKC, Madrid’s Rayo Vallecano becomes the first La Liga club to be a majority owner of a pro soccer team in the US. Will it work?

When making a list of places to turn to for investment in a second-tier American soccer team, one might think that the options would be limited to the local area. It could be a wealthy businessman or woman with an outside interest in the sport, for example. Or perhaps a sports agent from the city or state, their deep ties and a vested interest in soccer the primary reason for their potential involvement.

Thanks to a friend-of-a-friend discussion, though, next season will see an Oklahoman team compete in the North American Soccer League with Spanish backing. Rayo OKC, who are funded by the owner of La Liga’s Rayo Vallecano and an individual from Oklahoma City, will take the field in April. Their moniker, badge – and possibly yet-to-be-released kit – will all be tied to their majority owners from Spain.

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Adrian Heath guides Orlando City to the promised land of MLS

Interview: Former Stoke and Everton star Adrian Heath has one last season in USL Pro to prepare Orlando City for the top tierSimon Veness