News in Brief: Epic Series in Canada Results Toronto – Seattle; NASL Problems

by on 1 December 2016

Toronto beats Montreal 7-5 on aggregate, Seattle bests Colorado 3-1 in their series

The Toronto – Montreal series was something special, highlighting the passionate fans of the two sides and some of very enjoyable soccer. While Montreal wasn’t able to continue their magical run in the playoffs, Toronto hosting the MLS Cup on December 10 should make for great viewing as a neutral.

Dr. Brad Moser talks about treating soccer players at Minnesota United FC

Keane to Minnesota United FC? Probably not.

Matthew Doyle, whose opinion I usually find near perfection, misses on his thought that Keane should come to Minnesota. The Loons will be playing on turf, outdoors, in their first season in MLS. I just don’t see it.

NASL is having … problems

It’s been a terrible couple of days for NASL. First, former NASL and current USL side Tampa Bay Rowdies’ owner Bill Edwards sued to gain control of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Then the New York Cosmos missed player payroll and had to furlough most of their front office.

Rumors swirled that the New York Cosmos were close to folding and the NASL Board of Governors meetings have reportedly included both Sunil Gulati and Alec Papadakis of the USL. It appears that NASL might not be long for this world as a number of NASL teams are looking to join the USL.

St. Thomas coaching staff honored ahead of NCAA Division III Final this weekend

From the press release:

“St. Thomas Men’s Soccer has been honored as the Division III North Region Coaching Staff of the Year (SOY) for 2016 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Coach Jon Lowery and assistants Tom Kleczewski, Casey Holm and Matt Bouche are guiding a record-setting season with a 20-1-3 start and a berth in this weekend’s national final four in Salem, Va.”

Love the monument to the Pulse victims at Orlando City’s new stadium

Columbia side Atlético Nacional is asking for Chapecoense be given the Copa Sudamericana title

One of the saddest stories this week was the crash of Brazil soccer team Chapecoense’ airplane in Columbia on their way to their Sudamericana final against Columbia side Atlético Nacional. 71 of the 77 passengers perished when the plane ran out of fuel. In a show of goodwill, Atletico Nacional has asked that Chapocoense be given the Copa Sudamericana title.



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