"You can love you Barcelona's and Manchester's, or your MLS team, but local is where you can be a part of it"
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Welcome back to American Pyramid everybody! Hopefully got some rest after staying up late last night to catch US Open Cup games. Sadly, the New York Cosmos couldn't quite get it done, but the Fort Lauderdale Strikers are through to the 'Elite 8,' a historic achievement for the NASL and for lower level soccer. If I remember correctly, there hasn't been a lower division team playing this late into the USOC since the mid-2000's.
Now, on to today's interview. I got to speak with Santiago Rodriguez Rey of Greater Lowell United a few weeks ago. This team has gone through a dramatic turnaround. In 2014, their first season in the National Premier Soccer League, they managed 4 points. In 2015, they managed 1 point. This year, through 12 games they have 19 points and are sitting in third place. Mr Rey explained the team's origins, some of the keys to the turn around, and drops a ton of global soccer knowledge on me. Seriously, it's pretty crazy stuff. Check it out.
"Hopefully there's a nugget or two in there that you can use."