Soccer in the Heartland

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!

 

Soccer in the Heartland

USOC or USuck?

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USOC Round Up

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.

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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.

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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.

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USOC or USuck?

Columbus Screw

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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

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Columbus Screw

“This isn’t a beauty contest”

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Colorado wins another one at home, running their unbeaten streak to 6 games. Their challengers tonight were the rapidly falling Sporting Kansas City, who seem to be collapsing during each match. It’s been six matches since KC has garnered more than a single point and the weight of that streak seems to be sitting heavily on their shoulders. Continue reading ““This isn’t a beauty contest””

“This isn’t a beauty contest”

NYCFC Adds more Transfer Cash, sheds Jacobson

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According to MLS.com, NYCFC has trading midfielder Andrew Jacobson to the Vancouver Whitecaps for Targeted Allocation Money. Jacobson is a solid, experienced veteran of 174 MLS matches. He’s not an amazing player, just a solid bench player who can bring experience to a club looking for a gap filler who will play his role on the pitch. In the same article, Carl Robinson, Whitecaps head coach, stated his goal for Jacobson: “Andrew will also be an important asset in the locker room, as he will help guide our young midfielders.” What NYCFC plans on doing with that money remains to be seen, but they are a club who doesn’t mind spending money to add talents, even if that talent is in name only.For those of you who may not know what exactly Targeted Allocation Money is:

MLS clubs may bring forward a portion or all of their allotted Targeted Allocation Money, up to $500,000, to be used in a single season on up to three players at a time. For example, if a club wishes to sign a player at or above the maximum salary budget charge this season, that club may use up to $500,000 of their Targeted Allocation Money this year to acquire him. A club that uses all of its allotted money will not receive more Targeted Allocation Money unless they acquire it from another team.

For his part, Jacobson seemed happy with the trade as it makes him geographically nearer to home.: “I want to sincerely thank New York City FC for helping me make a move to be closer to my family.

Photo borrowed from VancouverSun.com

NYCFC Adds more Transfer Cash, sheds Jacobson