"I'm all about growing the game with everyone."
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Hello again and welcome back to American Pyramid! This is going to be the last new interview for a couple of weeks, as I will be out of state next week in Cheyenne, Wyoming for Thanksgiving. Recently Texas has seen an explosion of teams joining amateur leagues, with the UPSL starting a Texas Conference that includes three new teams, and more on the way. Brendan Keyes, the head honcho behind the Texas Premier Soccer League, (You can read my first interview with Brendan by clicking Here) reached out to me to provide an update on how things are going with the TPSL, the addition of two new teams, plans for the future, and some details for anyone out there reading this that might be thinking about starting a team and joining a league in Texas. Check it out.
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Hello and good morning faithful readers! I've got new reading for you, and this one is a return to New Mexico, one of my favorite places in the country. This is actually the third team in New Mexico I've interviewed, having previously talked with Albuquerque Sol and New Mexico FC. These guys are a little off the typical beaten path in the Land of Enchantment four tourists, like myself.
FC Grande is located in Las Cruces, the second largest city in the state, located close to El Paso, Texas, and a true untapped soccer market. Alexis Ruiz talks about some of that passion, as well as the challenges and opportunities of this unique market. Check it out.
With the recent court hearings between NASL and USSF wrapped up, and the outcome being less than positive for the NASL, there has been a growing call for the NASL teams to join forces with the National Independent Soccer Association, or NISA.
The big question is, what would something like that really look like? Fortunately for you, I did some quick work and laid it out for you!
NISA 2018 Launch
A 25 team D3 made up of these teams is nothing to laugh at.
Per some excellent work on Midfield Press, here's a look at the likely NASL/NISA Candidates for 2019. Remember, Chattanooga has already said they are waiting for 2019.
That's a 26 team league by next year. You could easily keep building NISA from this point and wait until 2020 to start a D2, or you could take the top 8 to 10 teams in the league and launch a new D2, while still leaving 16 teams in your D3. Lots of possibilities here.
Anyway, what do you think? Possible? Impossible?
If only Friday's were actually good for getting work done. Oh well, it leaves me time to do fun things, like design jerseys for some of the lower league teams I like!
You'll see jerseys here for New Mexico FC, Indy Eleven, San Francisco City FC, and Minneapolis City SC. Each club has home, away, and alternate. The alts are inspired by something around the club. NMFC's alt is inspired by the sunsets and 'Land of Enchantment' nickname. Indy Eleven's is a tribute to the early 'Racing Indy' color schemes. SFCFC's alt uses red, a color in their logo they haven't featured very much. And Minneapolis City's is a nod to their US Open Cup white and navy jersey, with a splash of their notorious pink.
New Mexico FC - Home, Away, Alternate
Indy Eleven - Home, Away, Alternate
San Francisco City FC - Home, Away, Alternate
Minneapolis City SC - Home, Away, Alternate