As I'm sure everyone has noticed, there have been some major events in US Soccer over the last couple of days. I don't want to recap what has already been said or add my opinion to the sea of opinions (though I do have one), but instead I want to address another event that happened yesterday that is slowly but surely gaining steam. First, a little history.
Earlier this summer, I started talking with American Soccer United about several different projects, chief among them the idea for a US Open Cup Fan Prize to the amateur team that progresses the furthest. (By the way, if 1,000 people donated $5, which just happens to be how many people read the blog last week, we'd raise $5,000 to give to Christos FC. That's $3 less then the cost of one month of basic Netflix)
One other idea was American Soccer Clubs United. In my day job, I work with a lot of business associations. Groups of businesses who have come together and become members under some kind of acronym, like BSCAI. These associations are able to do several things. They provide a united front and voice for their members to push for their best interests. This includes lobbying and and vendor deals. They use their collective strength to get discounted goods and services from companies that offer what members need.
Thus the idea was born for American Soccer Clubs United. Yesterdays news did speed up the process significantly, but that's not a bad thing. ASCU provides an avenue for clubs to join together and make their voices heard, beginning with support for Dennis Crowley and Ricardo Silva's push for CAS to force the USSF to open the soccer pyramid. Every verified club owner/manager who joins is added to a master list of teams that can be used to show the promotion and relegation movement has many, many interested parties. It's time to go beyond Twitter hashtags and graphics and unite voices.
As the ASCU grows, we're going to start talking with vendors and leverage the strength of our collective members to get discounted goods and services on everything from jerseys and merchandise to insurance and media, including many more ways to benefit lower division & league clubs ad a whole.
This is a serious thing we're working on to improve the game of soccer at the lower levels in the United States. If you want to read the ASCU Mission Statement, click Here. If you work for/run a club in the lower levels, from D2 down to a County League, click Here to join.
I'd also like to issue a hearty Welcome to the following Clubs who have joined ASCU since just yesterday afternoon when this was launched.
Bearfight FC - Delaware
Lowcountry United - South Carolina
Gold Coast Inter FC - Florida
Oakland Pamperos - California
Western Nevada FC - Nevada
Biloxi City FC - Mississippi
Santa Ana Winds FC - California
Sante Fe Wanderers FC - Kansas
Sports Identity FC - Massachusetts
FC Santa Clarita - California
Frontier FC - New York
Club Toledo - Ohio
LK St Clair - Michigan
Motorik FC Alexandria - Virginia
The Valley FC - California
Oakland County FC - Michigan
FC Denver - Colorado
Boston Siege - Massachusetts
Muskegon Risers - Michigan
DeKalb County United - Illinois
Los Angeles Wolves - California
"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.
Happy Friday! Today I'm re-posting an article originally published on May 2, 2017, by Art Eftekhari, the staff writer for NPSL Club Orange County FC. We've actually been talking about re-posting this article for awhile, but busy-ness got in the way. However, after OCFC's surprise 2-0 win, it seems only appropriate that this article be reposted ahead of the teams upcoming NPSL Western Conference Final against CD Aguiluchos tomorrow. 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.