OSG/SDH WED SoccerCast: Mississippi Brilla FC vs. Texas United

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It’s the last week of the regular season in the PDL and it’s a chance to watch a team getting a match in before the playoffs…

From Clinton, Mississippi it’s Texas United visiting Mississippi Brilla

Coverage starts at 8PM EDT

Enjoy, y’all!

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SDH Saturday SoccerCast: Inter Nashville vs. Asheville City SC

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Part of the SoccerCast line-up for Saturday has been announced…

Pre-game starts at 7 PM EDT and it’s the last regular season match for Mystery Soccer Theater 3000 as Inter Nashville tries to solidify their playoff position in the western half of the South region against a team trying to do the same in the east in Asheville City.

Kickoff is at 730PM

Enjoy, y’all!

NPSL South Region Week 18 Review/Preview

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In the Heartland, last week Ozark FC (6pts, 6th SEASON COMPLETE)  jumped up again and bit someone. This time, it was Little Rock just as FC Wichita beat Demize

and Tulsa Athletic beat Dallas City FC.

This week,  the last week of the regular season has FC Wichita (22pts, 1st) hosting Dallas City. Tulsa Athletic (13pts, 4th) hosts Little Rock (16pts, 2nd) and Dallas City (13pts, 3rd) hosts Demize (7pts, 5th) for the last match of the season.

In the Lone Star, Shreveport Rafters had a split week- winning against Tyler FC and losing at Dutch Lions.

Houston Regals also lost at home to Fort Worth Vaqueros.

This week, Tyler (2pts, 6th) is at Midland-Odessa (18pts, 2nd) and hosts Vaqueros. Rafters (10pts, 4th) also host Dutch Lions (20pts, 1st) and Vaqueros (16pts, 3rd) host Regals (8pts, 5th).

In the Southeast, 7 teams are chasing six spots and it will come down to the last day of the regular season to decide Tuesday’s playoff locations. Last week, New Orleans won at the Silverbacks

and at home against Inter Nashville to clinch the west. Memphis City stayed in step with a win at Birmingham as CFC split their week with a big 7-0 over the Georgia Revolution and a 2-1 loss at home against Inter. The point of contention for CFC fans was this goal in the 65th that was reversed. Mad Kemp has the look at the turning point.

Asheville City drew in a water slide of a match with FCCU at ones. Here’s MST3K on the call…

Knoxville Force also won in the week with a win over the Revs. Above and Beyond has the highlights

This week, the East is decided with Knoxville, the Silverbacks, and Asheville City in. The Revs (3pts, 10th) play at the Silverbacks (17pts, 5th) and Asheville City (15pts, 7th) hosts Inter Nashville. If Atlanta wins, they’re the two-seed. If Asheville wins and get some Revs help, they’re the two-seed. Knoxville (23pts, 2nd) awaits the winner. And they’re at Memphis City (16pts, 6th).

In the west, Chattanooga FC (19pts, 3rd) needs a point against FC Carolina United (6pts, 8th) to go in and eliminate Memphis City. Inter Nashville (19pts, 4th) is brought back into the discussion for the 2 and 3-seed with some help. New Orleans Jesters (25pts, 1st) are the top in the west and host Birmingham (5pts, 9th).

In the Sunshine, it’s still Miami United and Fusion as the one and two. Last week, Fusion won twice (27pts, 1st)- 6-0 over Boca Raton. Here’s Sportsmesh’s look…

and 1-0 over Naples. Miami United also beat Naples 3-0. Sportsmesh tv has the highlights again…

Naples, however, did get a 2-2 draw with Beaches

and Kraze brought Jacksonville Armada U23 to the pack with as 4-2 win.

This week is the next to last week in the regular season and starts with Kraze (15pts, 3rd) hosting Boca and Beaches. Boca (6pts, 5th) also has some mid-week action hosting Naples and Beaches (5pts, 6th) Wednesday. The Armada (14pts, 4th) host United (22pts, 2nd) and Naples (4pts, 7th) host Fusion Saturday night.

Associate Producer Jay Riddle’s “Five Things I Learned” For The Week of 7/5/17

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The team that SDH Daily Associate Producer Jay Riddle goes to see (along with 45,000 others) is not a bad team right now…

We think they’ll do okay…

But, when Jay’s voice holds out, he comes on the show and lets us all know what he has learned over the span of a week…

Here’s his transcript for this week’s #5TIL

WED 7/5/17
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1. We can get a clean sheet on the road. In fact, our re-match against a Colmbus team that had only lost a couple at home before our arrival last Saturday showed we can mix up our play style when needed, and that we don’t have to stick to Tata’s favored philosophy for all 90 minutes to be successful. Even Darren Eales tweeted his pleasure at Kann’s long ball assist, an example of when we didn’t play out of the back, with a tongue in cheek reference to our new “Hoofball” tactics — a reference to the extreme opposite of our typical style of soccer often used to ridicule a number of clubs in England.

2. VAR is frustrating, but still needed; just not in the middle of an MLS season. The Chile / Germany Confederations cup final and the match for third place between Portugal and Mexico became platforms for showing the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of VAR. While it’s clear to me that video replay when used only in key decisions that could influence the results of the match are necessary, it’s also just as clear that in the end, and just like the NFL, it can’t fix bad refereeing. In the end, I do believe FIFA will eventually work out the flaws, and if they assemble VAR and refereeing teams that are from the same countries or regions it will improve the trust between referees on the pitch and the ones in the booth, which will help speed up the process and reduce stoppage time for each call. However, I don’t see that process improving quickly enough to warrant introducing VAR to MLS mid-season, and I think it will ultimately put the spotlight on the already inconsistent level of play calling by our league’s referees.

3. Alan Green is growing on me. The veteran BBC brosdcaster and Sony Academy Award Winner for Sports Broadcaster Of The Year has clearly fallen head over heals for Atlanta United, and despite his unorthodox player name pronunciations at times, he continues to settle in and improve his chemistry with Dan Gargan with every additional match. Despite being from across the pond, his relaxed style of play calling shows he’s done his homework as his comfort level and knowledge of MLS are beginning to shine through. I’ll always miss Kevin Egan of beinSports, but I’m glad to call Alan Green one our own.

4. Josef Martinez is Atlanta’s own soccer Jesus. And if anyone has seen the Jesus Martinez two pole banner in the marches and the supporters section, they may need to make it even bigger after his performance last night. That’s because Jason Foster at JogaBonitaUSA on Twitter states that in addition to Josef Martinez’ 2 goals, he had a saved header that led to Carmona goal, 5 shots, with 4 of them on target, and a 100% … REPEAT, a 100% passer rating with 22 of 22 passes completed. He may not have jumped into any fire this time, but keep an eye on his feet the next time they hit a puddle.

And last, but not least:

5. The Soccer Tour came to Atlanta. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting Steven Bernasconi from Fort Lauderdale at the pre-match tailgate. If you don’t know who Steven is, he’s the founder and curator of TheSoccerTour.com which is a site dedicated to documenting his 8 month, 20,000 mile journey across North America to meet and interact with people closely involved with soccer. And that means hitting up every MLS city for a match. We were lucky enough to get him on the Soccer Down Here live Facebook broadcast from The Faction tailgate yesterday, and I encourage everyone to visit the Soccer Down Here Facebook page to check out his interview by Jason Longshore. Steven tagged along with our tifo squad yesterday, roamed the tailgate, and filmed the march into the stadium. You can catch some of his great behind the scenes footage of our prematch setup of the tifo and supporters section banners before the match on his Snapchat account at TheSoccerTour (one word) as well as follow him on Twitter and Instagram, also at TheSoccerTour.

Let us know what you learned…

Reach out to us on the media that is social on Twitter @SoccerDownHere, Facebook at “Soccer Down Here- Atlanta United” or any other way you like…

Jason is @Longshoe on Twitter and Jon is @osgnelson

Thanks for being a pat of Soccer Down Here, y’all!

SDH SoccerCast: FC Carolina United vs. Asheville City FC

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Your Saturday SoccerCast on SDH Networks is out of the NPSL Southeast…

7 teams are fighting for 6 spots and one needs a win to keep pace in the east…

Asheville City SC hosting FC Carolina United for another round of “MysterySoccer Theater 3000”

Kickoff 730 EDT, kickoff is at 7PM

Enjoy, y’all!

NPSL Southeast Region Week 17 Review/Preview

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In the Lone Star, it was a 6-point week for Shreveport with wins over Regals and Tyler FC. Dutch Lions also won in a 4-3 shootout over Midland-Odessa.

This week, Dutch Lions host Rafters and Regals host Fort Worth Vaqueros.

In the Heartland, Ozark FC played twice and went 1-1 with a win over Demize,but losing to Little Rock Rangers. FC Wichita shut out Demize 4-0

and Dallas City knocked off Tulsa Athletic 2-1.

This week, Demize hosts FC Wichita. Little Rock hosts Ozark and Dallas City hosts Tulsa in the back end of the home and home.

In the Southeast, it’s now seven teams for six playoff spots. And Birmingham might have something to say about it- a 3-match week with two losses to Inter Nashville and Knoxville (giving up 10 goals), but holding Atlanta Silverbacks to a 1-1 draw at Sicard Hollow.

Scruffy City Syndicate has the match with the Hammers

The Silverbacks also gave up a 1-0 lead before losing to Asheville City, 2-1. New Orleans beat Memphis City, 3-2, and Chattanooga FC is coming from the outside with a 5-0 win over FC Carolina United. Mad Kemp has the FCCU highlights…

Plus a shocking loss to Memphis City mid-week… Knoxville also solidified their space on top with a 4-2 win over the Georgia Revolution.

This week, Atlanta hosts Jesters. Birmingham can keep playing spoier with a match with Memphis. Asheville City hosts FC Carolina, the Revs play Knoxville, and Inter Nashville hosts Chattanooga FC.

In the Sunshine,  Miami’s Fusion and United keep winning over Kraze United and Boca Raton FC. Sportsmesh has the United-Boca highlights

Jacksonville Armada u23 drew Beaches FC at twos.

This week, Fusion plays at Boca before hosting Naples. Miami United also host Naples over the weekend as Naples goes to Beaches on Sunday as a part of their 3-match week. Kraze also hosts the Armada.