Category: Lower League Soccer

  • Vlora FC Launches Newest WoSo Team in Minnesota

    Vlora FC Launches Newest WoSo Team in Minnesota

    For years, the WPSL Northern Conference has displayed the best women’s soccer in Minnesota: Salvo SC, Minnesota Thunder, MapleBrook Fury, Mankato United, Rochester United, Manitou FC, Joy AC. Last year, Minnesota Aurora burst on scene in the USL-W League. In 2023, another WoSo team arrives in another new league in the Minnesota soccer scene. Vlora […]

  • Where To Watch the Men’s World Cup in the Twin Cities

    Where To Watch the Men’s World Cup in the Twin Cities

    “I will be dragging my ass out of bed to be opening for every 4 AM game. World Cup is a time when people come out and adopt countries to cheer for, cheer with compatriots, and generally come together to watch the biggest stage of soccer. And it’s going to be exciting to be part […]

  • Ian Smith’s Oslo Express from the Northland to Norway

    Ian Smith’s Oslo Express from the Northland to Norway

    This site has frequently covered the different paths that Minnesotan soccer players have taken in pursuit of that dream of professional football, with stories that take us to every corner of the globe. One pathway that has been touched on only lightly, however, is the football opportunities abound in Scandinavian countries. This is the pathway […]

  • Winning’s Journey from Keeper to Coach in the NPSL

    Winning’s Journey from Keeper to Coach in the NPSL

    I first talked to Samuel Winning, digitally at least, in the Winter of 2017. I was working on player profiles for Duluth’s 2018 season, starting off by getting in touch with as much of the 2017 roster as I could, with a considerable turn over expected. He told me a bit about himself, his early […]

  • Michael Vang on His Ever-Evolving Place in Soccer

    Michael Vang on His Ever-Evolving Place in Soccer

    I’ve spent more time than I ever really expected writing about Michael Vang, this being the third article I’ve done on the young prospect making his name across the lower leagues of American soccer. The weight on this man’s shoulder’s, a potential symbol for the hopes of an entire generation of Hmong Americans while navigating […]

  • A Northern Retrospective of the 2022 NPSL North Season

    A Northern Retrospective of the 2022 NPSL North Season

    Note: Featured image – Duluth and Med City players watch on as Iker González claims the ball – courtesy of Holden Law. The 2022 NPSL North season has come to an end, so here’s a few thoughts on each of the eight participant clubs now that a big offseason awaits. Some clubs blasted through expectations […]

  • Breaking: Rochester FC Announce Move to USL League Two & W League

    Breaking: Rochester FC Announce Move to USL League Two & W League

    Rochester FC announced today that they will be moving to the USL League Two and the USL W League, bringing the city of Rochester it’s first club in the league. It places the the club founded by former Med City players Midhat Mujic and Muharem Dedic at a higher level in the somewhat objective tiers […]

  • Med City and Duluth Knocked Out in NPSL Midwest Regional Semi-finals

    Med City and Duluth Knocked Out in NPSL Midwest Regional Semi-finals

    Med City 0-2 Cleveland SC It would be a historic night in Michigan for Med City, playing their first ever NPSL Midwest regional semi-final just a week after winning their first ever NPSL North conference title. They traveled to play a team that is all too familiar with success in the Midwest playoffs, two time […]

  • Duluth FC Dominate FC Columbus in NPSL Midwest Region Quarterfinals

    Duluth FC Dominate FC Columbus in NPSL Midwest Region Quarterfinals

    Duluth FC had the chance to build off their second place conference finish just days after the regular season came to an end as they hosted FC Columbus in the NPSL Midwest regional playoffs. It would be the first competitive meeting of the two clubs and a chance for Duluth to improve on last year’s […]

  • Minneapolis City end difficult inaugural USL League Two season on a high note

    Minneapolis City end difficult inaugural USL League Two season on a high note

    For the entire first half and a few minutes more, it seemed like Minneapolis City SC would end their first USL League Two campaign without a win. In the 49th minute though, Aidan O’Driscoll’s 35-yard free kick found the net, the lone goal of the Crows’ home victory over St. Croix SC at Edor Nelson […]