Beginning on July 4th, we featured a short photo project on our Instagram called “Soccer in the Heartland.” Inspired by Hans van der Meer’s European Fields, this series featured some of the places and particulars of soccer in America.
The photographs in this series were composed in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Texas, by Brian McNely. All of the photos are included below. Follow our Instagram account for similar features in the future!
If you’ve been paying attention to American soccer, you know that the biggest and most awesomest of tournaments is currently being held, the US Open Cup. This tournament features teams of semi-pros all the way up to MLS. Absolutely amazing and, of course, everyone wants an upset.
Last night gave the people what they wanted. If you want all the results, here’s the full rundown from ussoccer.com. Here’s a couple that really caught our eye:
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0, Lansdowne Bhoys 2 – The Lansdowne Bhoys were formed in 1997 and play semi-pro ball in Yonkers NY. It’s somewhat shocking the knocked off the Riverhounds, though considering the recent Romeo Parkes incident maybe not so much. The Bhoys move on to face 2015 USL champions, Rochester who smoked the fuck out of their opponents, Southie FC (one of my favorite names in the tourney), 7-0.
FC Cincinnati 2, Indy Eleven 1 – FC Cinci has a soft spot in my heart due their geographic location (my old hometown) and their impressive start to their inaugural season. The Eleven were tied with the hometeam going into halftime, but a strike by Cincinnati’s Jimmy McLaughlin in the 61st minute put his team up for good. FC Cinci goes on to face the NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies, one of the most tenured teams in the country, in round three.
Put on your tin foil hats, please.
One thing that sort of caught the eye of BMH was the lack of media coverage by the USL squads that have been so proactive with the use of Youtube to broadcast their matches. Now, $1 beers aside (that’s a great deal!), the USL’s CHarleston Battery posted a weirdly opaque Tweet last night just before their match (and eventual loss, another massive upset). “For reasons beyond our control, we will not be streaming tonight’s game.” 2/3 of your favorite podcast hosts think this weird as fuck and smacks of MLS not wanting competition with their Wednesday night matches. 1/3 thinks we are overthinking it. Either way, we’ve reached out to but the Battery and USL for response via Twitter and so far, nada. If they do respond, we’ll post it.
If you follow MLS, you’ve already heard the news but let’s repeat it for old time’s sake. Columbus Crew, in a last second (seriously, like 12:55a) deal, have traded their star forward, Kei Kamara to New England for “a record amount of allocation money…as well as New England’s highest first round SuperDraft pick in 2017, second round pick in 2018 and an international roster spot for the 2016 season.”source