"As soccer players we come together and have formed strong friendships which have extended to our outreach with the community."
To be honest, I don't feel like writing an intro for this interview. The timing of it is too....heavy. For those of you who don't know, Aromas Cafe FC have made noise thanks to a couple of US Open Cup runs. They also call Charlottesville, Virginia home. We started on this interview a week to a week and a half ago. You'll notice this is a shorter interview, as we cut things short at David's request so we could spread some positive news about Charlottesville.
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"Regarding the name I felt like if you have the opportunity to represent one of the worlds greatest cities then why dilute it."
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Good morning everyone! I'm going to apologize upfront that today's intro is a little longer than normal. Firstly, as I'm sure most of you are aware of by now, I have partnered with the fine group behind American Soccer United to create an association for non-league clubs, regardless of league or size, called American Soccer Clubs United. It's a free, voluntary association to help unite teams to push for change and reform while leveraging the size of membership to get discounted goods from vendors. If you are with a club and reading this and haven't yet joined, you can do so by clicking Here.
Second, a little context for this interview. About a month ago, I started to engage with Nick Swinmurn via Twitter about his efforts to bring the USL to San Francisco. Things had started to break down a little, as they often do on the internet, as the discussion turned to the soccer scene and fans in San Fran. Thinking I might be a little too optimistic, I mentioned doing an interview to discuss the soccer scene and its challenges.
This turned into what I consider to be a very enlightening interview covering not just the scene and it's challenges, but Nick's fairly unknown involvement in the non league scene in Northern California. I know some readers might be off-put by the fact that I'm interviewing a USL guy, but withhold judgement until you've read the whole thing. Check it out.
"It was playing in those leagues that I was really inspired to play and be involved at that level."
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Hello again everyone! Welcome back, what a heady morning it's turning out to be. Cincinnati FC became the first non-MLS side in a US Open Cup semifinal since 2011. Dennis Crowley of Kingston Stockade and Riccardo Silva of Miami FC are taking the issue of promotion and relegation in America to the Court for Arbitration for Sport. FIFA are closing in on taking over the game in Australia and forcing the creation of a second division and promotion and relegation. What a time to be a soccer fan!
Now, I was really happy to stumble upon Club Toledo. Not only do they have one of the best crests in non-league American soccer, (Seriously, share this interview just so the logo get's spread around) they are consciously trying to build a more serious amateur club that can compete in a more regional or national league one step at a time. No rushing here, they're going about it brick by brick. Check it out.
"We have over 250,000 people spread across a number of cities"
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Hello again everyone, thanks for your patience in waiting for new interviews while I was gone. I am now rested and rejuvenated after my vacation, and ready to get back into the thick of things!
After receiving a message from one of the guys at AFC Mobile, recommending I interview Biloxi City, I managed to arrange this surprising chat with Luke Berry. He's very passionate, very realistic, and pulls no punches about the closed nature of American soccer. Check it out.