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.
This post has been edited to reflect the recent collapse and exposure of CSL USA as a scam. If you are interested in the league or a talking with them, stop immediately.
Friday has come again, which means a slow work day for me and a new article for you to read. Before you get into this one, I would recommend reading 'Part 1,' the original One League To Rule Team All article. There have been some fascinating changes for the PDL and NPSL, both in terms of cost and number of teams. It will make for a great place to start before you dive into what's ahead, providing context for what you are about to read.
If you have already read 'Part 1,' good job! You've been with AP for the long haul! Go ahead and read on, faithful follower.
"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
Hello everyone. I hadn't planned on releasing an interview today, but news broke earlier that SoCal SC of the NPSL will cease operations and won't be playing next year. It's a shame. They now join FC Fargo on the list of teams I've interviewed that no longer exist. I started working on this interview last year, actually, but stopped getting replies. I had hoped to pick up where we left off once the season ended, but there is no off season for the team now. So I decided to release this short, incomplete, yet heartfelt interview with Daniel Gamba, the General Manager. This team had a real vision for what they wanted to be, but for whatever reason, couldn't make it happen. The loss of any team is a loss for all of soccer.