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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:22 pm 
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Rodrigo Rios Named Atlanta Director of Soccer
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ATLANTA, GA- The Atlanta Silverbacks announced the appointment of Rodrigo Rios, former captain of the Atlanta Silverbacks and Chilean International, as Director of Soccer. In this new role with the Silverbacks, Rios will oversee the coaching staff and player development for the club. After the 2008 season, Rios moved into an operations role with Atlanta Silverbacks Park where he continued to be an integral part of the organization.

President of the Atlanta Silverbacks, Michael Oki stated, “After working closely with Rodrigo for so many years, it became clear that his talents could be utilized to their full potential with the return of the Men’s professional team. We look forward to having Rodrigo in the front office and him continuing to be an integral part of this organization.”

One of Rios's first duties in his new role will be to develop a coaching staff and set up player tryouts for the 2011 season.

“After six years with the Atlanta Silverbacks as a player, captain, and staff member I am excited to continue to work with the organization on the re-launch of the pro team. It is an exciting time for soccer in Atlanta and we are continuing to look at ways we can improve both on and off the field,” said Rios. “I know that the community is also very interested to know about the coaching staff. We are working to finalize our selections and are taking all factors into consideration before making our announcement,” commented Rios.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:03 pm 
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NSC Minnesota Stars Pro Soccer Team Announces New Ownership
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (JANUARY 5, 2011) – The National Sports Center and the North American Soccer League (NASL) announced today an ownership restructuring of the NSC Minnesota Stars to continue the rich history and tradition of professional soccer in the area. The NSC Minnesota Stars will be owned by the NASL for the short-to-mid-term as the league looks for an appropriate ownership group which meets the new heightened standards for professional soccer in North America. .Local media, fan groups and area sports leaders attended a press conference at Brit’s Pub in downtown Minneapolis for the announcement.

“The Twin Cities is a first-class soccer market with a rich history of supporting the professional game,” said Aaron Davidson, Chief Executive Officer of the NASL. “Minnesota’s remarkable support for the original NASL and the professional game since 1990 is virtually unmatched in this country. It’s also important strategically to be in a market which boasts the headquarters of the third-most Fortune 500 companies in the country. Continuing on 21 consecutive seasons of professional soccer in Minnesota allows us to help fulfill our vision and ambition for the NASL and our member teams.”

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:08 pm 
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FCTB To Play At Al Lang Stadium
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FC Tampa Bay announced today that Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg will be their home for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. FCTB kicks off the 2011 regular season on April 9th at Al Lang against future MLS team Montreal Impact.


Al Lang, with a capacity of more than 7,000, is situated on the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront between the newly-renovated Dali Museum and St. Petersburg Yacht Club. The stadium previously was home to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays for spring training from 1998-2008, along with several Florida State League minor league teams during the regular season

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David Downs Named NASL Commissioner
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Veteran soccer and broadcast executive to lead NASL


MIAMI, FL (March 28, 2011) - The North American Soccer League (NASL) is pleased to announce the appointment of David Downs as the league's first Commissioner. Downs will assume his new role with the NASL on April 4th.

Downs joins the NASL after serving as Executive Director of the USA Bid Committee, the organization created by the U.S. Soccer Federation to participate in the bidding process to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 and 2022. Prior to that, he spent more than 30 years in the broadcast industry as an executive with both ABC Sports and Univision Communications. During his broadcast career, Downs was instrumental in the successful negotiations to secure the U.S. television rights to every World Cup from USA '94, through Brazil '14.

"I'm excited to hit the ground running with the NASL as we work to elevate second division soccer in North America and play an active role in taking soccer to the next level in the region," said Downs. "We plan to work closely with the fans, players, administrators, other leagues and everyone else involved in this beautiful game to build up the NASL at a league and local market level."

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:12 pm 
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Strikers and Community Celebrate Uniform Unveiling
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Strikers present new uniforms to fans at ceremony

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (MARCH 29, 2011) – The Fort Lauderdale Strikers had their uniform unveiling celebration last night at The Hard Rock Café at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

“Tonight was the culmination of a long, remarkable journey that sees us breathe life back into the legacy and legend that is the Fort Lauderdale Strikers,” states Commercial Director Tommy Knapp. “The place was packed! It was great to have so many fans join us at the Hard Rock Café to share in the excitement about the team and jersey—the stripes are back and we can already hear the fans chanting Red and Yellow, Red and Yellow, Red and Yellow!”

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Ottawa to Join NASL
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June 20, 2011 (Ottawa, ON.): The North American Soccer League (NASL) today announced that Ottawa, Ontario has been awarded an expansion team. The new team will be owned by the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) and play home games at Lansdowne Park. The club will commence League play upon the completion of a major stadium reconstruction project which is expected to commence later this year. The North American Soccer League is a Division II men’s outdoor professional soccer league with teams based in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

“We welcome Ottawa to the NASL,” said League Commissioner David Downs. “As we continue to expand and collectively grow professional soccer in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, Ottawa is a natural market with a vibrant business community, large soccer fan base and an exceptional ownership group.”

OSEG partner John Pugh, who is also the CEO and Owner of the Ottawa Fury Soccer Club, has been named President of the new NASL franchise. Pugh says he’s committed to building a successful team on and off the field: "This will be, by far, the highest calibre of soccer we’ll have seen in Ottawa since the 2007 FIFA Men’s U-20 World Cup,” said Pugh. “We are committed to fielding a competitive team from the get-go, providing a lively, entertaining game day experience for families and establishing strong ties with all soccer players and fans across the region. It’s a privilege to have this opportunity.”

Ottawa’s new 24,000 seat soccer-friendly downtown stadium will be built to exacting FIFA specifications. The City of Ottawa and OSEG are partners in the project and, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson says it’s an exciting time for the entire city: “Residents are excited about NASL soccer, our bid for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, CFL football and other events that will take place in Ottawa, thanks to a newly redeveloped Lansdowne Park," said Mayor Watson. "With 65,000 registered players in our region playing the world's game, it’s high time Ottawa had a professional soccer team and a world-class stadium.”

OSEG is offering Ottawa soccer fans an opportunity to reserve the right to purchase season tickets for their NASL team before they become available to the public at large. A limited number of priority reservation numbers (PRNs) are now available for a fully-refundable $25 deposit or free for current season ticket holders for the Ottawa Fury and Ottawa 67’s and, PRN holders for Ottawa’s new CFL football franchise. Details for this program are available at www.ottawafury.com or www.ottawa67s.com.


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Scorpions fans helped the newest NASL team choose a team name and menacing-looking logo, and now we invite everyone to help us choose one of three Scorpions jersey designs. The Scorpions have collaborated with Nike Inc., recently announced as one of the team's major sponsors, on coming up with three designs in team colors of black, red and gold. You can vote here from now until Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Ballots also can be found in editions of the San Antonio Express-News.

After all the votes are tallied, the winning jersey will be unveiled in June. Just like the "Select Our Logo Design" contest, a voter chosen at random will be awarded four tickets to a Scorpions home game and a package of team gear including a new jersey.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:07 pm 
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Fans Help Select Jersey Design
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SAN ANTONIO – Mexican soccer legend Jorge Campos today unveiled the jersey selected by a vote of San Antonio Scorpions FC fans.

The community's new pro soccer team took another step forward toward North American Soccer League (NASL) competition next spring.

More than 3,000 fans voted either online or by way of a printed ballot in the San Antonio Express-News and chose a predominantly black jersey with horizontal stripes bearing the team's menacing-looking scorpion logo. Nike USA Inc., which became a major Scorpions sponsor in January, presented three jersey designs, but fans had the final say. Those who would like to purchase Scorpions jerseys can do so online at www.SanAntonioScorpions.com

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:48 pm 
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NASL Implements League Concussion Policy
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Posted on Tue, Aug 16, 2011

The North American Soccer League (NASL) today announced the implementation of a league-wide policy to deal with possible concussions sustained by its players during training and match play. The policy will go into effect immediately, and includes a number of components from general education on the issue to neurocognitive testing. The NASL has also instituted procedures regarding mandatory evaluation of concussion symptoms and substitution of concussed players. Prior to the implementation of this league-wide policy, the medical staffs of each team within the NASL set their own guidelines for dealing with concussions suffered by a team’s players.

The new NASL Concussion Policy was modeled on the current protocol in place in Major League Soccer (MLS) and created with the cooperation and assistance of MLS.

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2011 NASL PLAYOFFS
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The North American Soccer League named the 2011 NASL Best XI team today. The Best XI was selected by a vote of the coaches of the eight teams that played in the 2011 season. This year’s Best XI in alphabetical order is as follows: Mike Ambersley, Etienne Barbara, Hassoun Camara, David Foley, Brad Knighton, Lance Laing, Kupono Low, Pascal Millien, Shaun Saiko, Toni Stahl, and Matt Watson.

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Mike Ambersley, FC Tampa Bay

Ambersley joined FC Tampa Bay in 2011 after spending the 2010 season with AC St Louis. He ranked tied for third in the NASL with a team-high 11 goals and third in the NASL with a team-best seven assists in 2011. He also led FC Tampa Bay in minutes played (2,275).

Etienne Barbara, Carolina RailHawks

In his second season with the RailHawks, Barbara led the NASL in scoring with 20 goals and eight assists. Barbara was recognized as the NASL Golden Boot winner on Tuesday, and twice earned NASL Player of the Month awards (April & May).

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David Foley, Puerto Rico Islanders

An attacking midfielder, Foley scored seven goals and added six assists for the Islanders in 2011. He joined Puerto Rico in 2010, after seven seasons with Hartlepool United in his native England.

Pascal Millien, FC Tampa Bay

The pacey Haitian international netted four goals and added five assists in his second season with FC Tampa Bay. A classic winger, Millien was named NASL Offensive Player of the Week on July 5th.

Shaun Saiko, FC Edmonton

A local product, central midfielder Saiko topped FC Edmonton in both goal scoring (9) and assists (5). The 21-year-old appeared in 27 NASL games and one Nutrilite Canadian Championship game during the 2011 season and helped lead his team to the post season in their inaugural professional season.

Matt Watson, Carolina RailHawks

A rugged defensive midfielder, Watson has been a member of the RailHawks since 2008. Watson appeared in 24 matches and played 2,031 minutes, contributing three goals and two assists.

Defenders

Hassoun Camara, Montreal Impact

During his first season with the Impact, Camara led the team with 22 starts and anchored a stalwart Montreal back line that permitted opponents less than one goal a game. The French central defender also tallied two goals and an assist.

Lance Laing, Fort Lauderdale Strikers

In his first Strikers’ season, Laing was second on the team in minutes played. Laing, from Trelawny, Jamaica, began his professional career with Jamaican pro clubs Harbour View FC and Village United. The outside back has represented his country at both the youth and senior national team levels.

Kupono Low, Carolina RailHawks

Hawaiian-born Low appeared in 26 matches and led all RailHawks field players in minutes played (2,300). In his fifth season at Carolina, Low captained the RailHawks following the July transfer of Brad Rusin to Danish top flight side HB Køge.

Toni Stahl, Fort Lauderdale Strikers

A 6-3 center back from Finland, Stahl provided consistency in the Strikers’ defense. After being named the 2009 Big East Midfielder of the Year at the University of Connecticut, Stahl was drafted by the Philadelphia Union in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.

Goalkeeper

Brad Knighton, Carolina RailHawks

In his first season with the club, Knighton played every minute between the pipes for the NASL Regular Season Champions. He recorded a stellar 0.94 GAA, 113 saves, and eight shutouts while finishing as the runner up for the NASL Golden Glove award.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 10:51 pm 
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2011 NASL PLAYOFFS
QUARTER-FINALS
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Minnesota Adavnces to NASL Semifinal
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Luke Mulholland scored his first goal for the NSC Minnesota Stars on a 27th minute free kick, and resolute defense and timely saves by goalkeeper Joe Warren made the lead stand up as the Stars topped FC Tampa Bay 1-0 in the opening round of the North American Soccer League playoffs. The Stars progress to face the Carolina RailHawks, the league's regular season champions. The first leg of that home-and-home series is Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at NSC Stadium in Blaine, Minn.


Strikers Defeat Edmonton 5-0; Advance to NASL Semi-finals
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Oct. 1, 2011) - An Abe Thompson hat-trick and a Brian Shriver brace put the Fort Lauderdale Strikers through to the NASL semi-finals with a 5-0 victory over FC Edmonton in the highest team-scoring game this season on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Lockhart Stadium.

"To be honest I expected us to be good tonight, but I didn't expect to win that way," said Strikers head coach Daryl Shore."Edmonton's a good team and I think the second goal deflated them."

Thompson finished off his hat-trick with a well-placed shot into the far post corner in the 77th minute to finish the five-goal rout.


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2011 NASL PLAYOFFS
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Minnesota 1:0 Carolina
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Like their last trip to the National Sports Center, the Carolina RailHawks were moments away from a scoreless draw only to see Minnesota score in the dying moments and deal them a heartbreaking defeat

the RailHawks are going to return to the championship final for a second straight season, they’ll have to beat Minnesota next weekend at WakeMed Soccer Park by two goals in order to win the aggregate goal series. A tall order, considering the RailHawks are now 0-2-3 against the Stars in 2011. However, en route to last season’s championship, they came back from Minnesota in the quarterfinals needing a win to advance. Despite an 0-1-2 record against the Stars prior to the return leg in 2010, the RailHawks got the job done with a 4-0 victory.

Puerto Rico 1:3 Fort Lauderdale
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The Fort Lauderdale Strikers won the first leg of the NASL Semifinal against the Puerto Rico Islanders 3-1 at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 8. The loss was the first all season at home for the Islanders. The Strikers return home to play the second leg of the semifinal on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Lockhart Stadium.

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