"Hoping for quality over quantity. Would rather have a smaller league of good teams than a bunch of sub-par teams."
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Good morning AP readers! Congrats on your decision via the Twitter poll earlier this week, now you get to read about 2016 US Open Cup participants Southie FC! If you don't like the fact you're reading this interview, don't forget to vote in the next poll. That will be coming out two Monday's from now.
Southie FC are from Boston, Mass, and recently competed in the US Open Cup, losing in the second round to the Rochester Rhinos of the United Soccer League. Sean Bakhtiari talks about the difficulties of playing midweek games as an amateur outfit, the changing landscape of the soccer league in Massachusetts, and the secret beach of Boston. Check it out.
Hello again everyone, welcome to This Week in The Pyramid!
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Centro Storico Lebowski: If you follow AP on Twitter, you may have seen this already. If not, go Follow AP on Twitter and you won't miss out on fascinating stuff like Supporter Owned C.S. Lewbowski. This is a team in Italy started by fans of, and named after, The Big Lebowski. For $21, you can also become a part owner. And the club has map of the world on its website showing where all the members live.
Football is for Fans: Sticking in Italy, here's the story of U.S Ancona 1905. They are the very first professional supporter owned team in Italian soccer history. And this article also includes a fun list of supporter owned teams on the professional level in several European countries.
Soccer Stadium Cost: An interesting article from Metro in St Louis breaks down the cost of MLS stadiums compared to other sports. Let's just say, soccer is far and away a cheaper option when it comes to building a stadium for a team.
"Soccer is in my blood"
Today's interview is brought to you by For the Love of Futbol. For the Love of Futbol is a blog dedicated to covering the lower level soccer scene in the Midwestern United States, and this site will give you player profiles, team updates, interviews and more with teams like Grand Rapids FC and Detroit City FC. Check them out at ftlofutbol.com to read more and keep up with exploding Midwestern soccer scene.
Welcome back to AP readers! Got a treat for you today. I got to interview the new United Professional Soccer League club Magic Valley FC. The leagues very first team in Idaho, and, far as I know, the first team from Idaho in an adult amateur league on a national or regional level, ever. Jairo Archila took some time to answer some questions about himself and the team, and what his hopes are for soccer in Idaho. Check it out.
Hello readers of the AP! This article is a break from the norm. It's not an interview or a team update, but an Op-Ed, which is kind of a big deal. Why, you ask? Because it's only the third op-ed ever done on the AP.
When I started AP, the goal was to provide people a window into lower level soccer by talking to the people on the ground and occasionally covering interesting topics. Basically, I wanted to stick to facts and reality, not opinion and fantasy. But every now and then something happens, or an idea comes along that must be written about. This is just such an idea.