This post has been edited to reflect the recent collapse and exposure of CSL USA as a scam. If you are interested in the league or a talking with them, stop immediately.
Friday has come again, which means a slow work day for me and a new article for you to read. Before you get into this one, I would recommend reading 'Part 1,' the original One League To Rule Team All article. There have been some fascinating changes for the PDL and NPSL, both in terms of cost and number of teams. It will make for a great place to start before you dive into what's ahead, providing context for what you are about to read.
If you have already read 'Part 1,' good job! You've been with AP for the long haul! Go ahead and read on, faithful follower.
"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
Hello everyone. I hadn't planned on releasing an interview today, but news broke earlier that SoCal SC of the NPSL will cease operations and won't be playing next year. It's a shame. They now join FC Fargo on the list of teams I've interviewed that no longer exist. I started working on this interview last year, actually, but stopped getting replies. I had hoped to pick up where we left off once the season ended, but there is no off season for the team now. So I decided to release this short, incomplete, yet heartfelt interview with Daniel Gamba, the General Manager. This team had a real vision for what they wanted to be, but for whatever reason, couldn't make it happen. The loss of any team is a loss for all of soccer.
"Defense wins championships as they say!"
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Hello everyone, glad you could join us for this weeks new interview! I'm pleased to say that this is the second interview I've done with FC Knights. I'm pleased to say so because it means a non league team has made it to Year 2, which is an occasion for celebration. If you haven't read the first interview with Chris Glynn, you can do so by clicking Here. This will give you some history on context for what you read in this interview, and gives you a window the life of a soccer club. Check them both out.
New Comers: FC Miami City, Fresno Fuego, PDL, Elm City Express, Miami Fusion, NPSL
Lost Spot: None
Graduated to Year End Rankings: FC Arizona, Riverside Coras, Orange County FC, NPSL, California Victory, UPSL
AP Regional Rankings
Graduated to Year End Consideration: Fado Irish Pub, WPL
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