US Soccer says

Published: December 30, 2009 12:00am

US The Kartik Report Pitch Invasion 24th Minute Well, the US Soccer Federation has given another deadline in the USL vs NASL tug of war over control of 2nd Division pro soccer. This time, US Soccer has opted to sanction either league saying that neither league had eight viable markets l...

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LD gets paid

Published: December 17, 2009 12:00am The rumor is that Landon Donovan's new four year deal with MLS will bump his salary from less than $1 million per year to north of $2 million per year. This also sets the stage for the long awaited loan to Everton. The interesting part is that not too many people had this...

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Which comes first?

Published: December 15, 2009 12:00am Andrea Canales has a breakdown of why Landon Donovan to Everton makes sense, it has me wondering which will come first: Landon to Everton or US Soccer settles the NASL vs USL tug of war? Donovan landing with Everton (or his transfer status being finalized) has to be the easy choice, right? I...

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Not much new

Published: December 14, 2009 12:00am

Inside Minnesota Kick This! 12/12 Show Archive The 24th Minute We had a fun roundtable on Saturday's show with Brian Quarstad from Inside Minnesota and Kartik Krishnaiyer from The Kartik Brian, Kartik, and Jeff all predicted that the US Soccer Federation will come...

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LD to Everton, NASL v USL, and more

Published: December 11, 2009 12:00am

Everton Daily Soccer Fix Reuters MLS Daily The Offside Rules - Tommy Smythe on LD to Everton No Short Corners The Original Winger This much we know: Everton are interested in adding Landon Donovan on loan starting next month. Everton and the LA Galaxy have confirmed that talks...

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USL files suit against NASL clubs

Published: December 9, 2009 12:00am

The Kartik Report Inside Minnesota Soccer WV Hooligan In a move that should surprise nobody, the USL has filed suit in Florida against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Crystal Palace Baltimore, and the Rochester Rhinos for breach of contract. Devo has been told that Rob Clark will be issuing a rebuttal lat...

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No Magic

Published: December 7, 2009 12:00am

Devo's Direct Kicks US The big USL/NASL/US Soccer meeting took place over the weekend and the much hoped for resolution of the whole situation didn't happen. US Soccer did ask both leagues to provide them more information by Wednesday, so perhaps the hope that something might happen this...

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The US knows their fate

Published: December 4, 2009 12:00am

MNT Blog Grant Wahl @ Big Apple Bob Bradley and the USMNT have to be pretty happy today after the World Cup Draw. The US will open up their 2010 World Cup campaign against England on Saturday June 12th at 2:30pm EST. Then they will fave Slovenia on Friday June 18th at 10am EST. T...

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Published: December 3, 2009 12:00am

Devo's Direct Kicks There is one good thing about the whole USL vs TOA tug of war: it generates a lot of talk during the off season. During the usual off season where the only discussions are coaching changes and player moves, things usually get quiet around Jeff's blog, internet message boards, and...

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A day after the leap to the NASL

Published: December 1, 2009 12:00am

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass - Interview with Rob Clark D& Devo's Direct Kicks Pitch Invasion A day later and everyone seems to be celebrating the news that the Rhinos have opted to join the NASL. Since it's 24 days until Christmas and I love to play devil's advocate, I'll act like the...

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Back from my Turkey Week hiatus

Published: November 30, 2009 12:00am

Rhinos It's my first day back from vacation and I get to talk about fresh news on the topic that will likely carry us through most of the off season: USL vs TOA/NASL. Rob Clark and the Rhinos made the jump to side with the NASL in the power struggle to control 2nd Division pro soccer in t...

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Crazy day

Published: November 20, 2009 12:00am

It's been a crazy day and here are a handful of the highlights: - Tampa Bay and Crystal Palace Baltimore are reportedly joining the TOA league for 2010. - There is more on the potential Minnesota USL team for next year. - USL is reporting that the TOA league may be named the NASL. - F...

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John Ball will not be back

Published: November 19, 2009 12:00am

D& Devo's Direct Kicks Bob Lilley said that he expected a lot of player turnover this off season and John Ball is a veteran Rhino that will not be back in 2010. Given that Lilley was pretty critical of the Rhinos defense, it shouldn't be too surprising if we hear that anyone along the Rhin...

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Day 1 of Lilley's tenure in Rochester

Published: November 17, 2009 12:00am

Devo's Direct Kicks D& Live Q&A at D& Rhinos Devo's Direct Kicks Soccer is a Kick in the Grass Press Conference Podcast Bob Lilley will have a pretty busy first 28 hours or so on the job with the Rhinos.  Yesterday they had the press conference. Earlier this aft...

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Bob Lilley it is

Published: November 16, 2009 12:00am

Devo's Direct Kicks Jeff is reporting that Bob Lilley is the 4th head coach in Rochester Rhino history. I like the fact that Lilley has more A-League/USL 1st Division Coach of the Year Awards on his shelf than Pat Ercoli. (2 to 1) I like the fact that Lilley has won a USL 1st Division title at th...

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Rhinos to unveil head coach on Monday

Published: November 13, 2009 12:00am

The Rhinos have called a press conference for Monday afternoon to unveil the next head coach of the club. The big name being rumored as the choice is former Vancouver, Montreal, and Hershey head coach Bob Lilley. It will be interesting to see if that is the case or not. Personally, I would have some...

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Kick Around Thursday

Published: November 12, 2009 12:00am

I'm trying to get my gameface on for playoff night at the Rochester Sports Garden, so I'm going to be lazy today since there still hasn't been any big news from Rhinos HQ about the next head coach of the Rhinos. - Charlie Davies is out of the hospital and well on his road to recovery. - The USL h...

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TOA league moving forward

Published: November 10, 2009 12:00am

Devo's Direct Kicks The Kartik Report WV Hooligan Carolina The Original Winger The Fake Sigi Schmid Blog 3rd Pitch Invasion Big Apple The TOA is moving forward with the 7 remaining teams (scratch Tampa Bay from the above list) as they are applyin...

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Connecting the dots in Minnesota

Published: November 9, 2009 12:00am

Inside Minnesota - Thunder Release Players USL - Austin releases 14 from 2009 squad Austin - Djorn Buchholz named CEO Over the past few weeks, there have been some rumors that a whole host of players with the Minnesota Thunder would be moving south to the Austin A...

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Does the USL have the TOA on the ropes?

Published: November 6, 2009 12:00am

The USL has put out their press release about the rosy future for their 1st Division during the team owners meetings in Beaverton, Oregon. With TOA member Tampa Bay at the USL meetings, that would appear to give an edge to the USL in this power struggle. One of the potrential USL-1 expansion teams...

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Devo has the USL meeting guest list

Published: November 4, 2009 12:00am

Devo's Direct Kicks The USL is holding a meeting of team owners that are committed to the 2010 USL 1st Division season and some expansion candidates at Nike HQ in Beaverton, Oregon this week. Jeff has some early reports out of the meetings as Rhinos owner Rob Clark has given out the teams that are r...

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Pat Ercoli is making the rounds

Published: November 2, 2009 12:00am

Kick This! - October 31st, 2009 Soccer is a Kick in the Grass - November 1st, 2009 Pat Ercoli was on the radio both days over the weekend to talk about his re-joining the Rhinos organization, this time as the GM and Director of Soccer. From what Pat said on both shows, it's obvious that he will not...

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The Rhinos have a new Director of Soccer

Published: October 30, 2009 12:00am

D& Rhinos The best piece follow yesterday's news conference was the big "Being part of the solution" blog entry that Devo did today. It is going to be very interesting to see how Pat Ercoli does in his new role as the Rhinos GM & Director of Soccer. Who will he hire as the...

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Pat Ercoli back as Rhinos GM

Published: October 29, 2009 12:00am

Devo's Direct Kicks The press conference is happening a couple of days later than the rumor mill had expected over the weekend. But, the head coach that brought the Rhinos their 3 A-League and one US Open Cup titles is returning as the team's GM with Pat Ercoli being named as the new GM and Director...

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Vancouver & Montreal gone from the USL?

Published: October 28, 2009 12:00am

Corus If you click on the above link and listen to the 30 second interview, new USL CEO Alec Papadakis states that talks have ceased between the TOA and the USL. He also sounds like Vancouver and Montreal won't be back. Who knows if this is just a negotiating tactic or not. But, if the US...

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Are we there yet?

Published: October 27, 2009 12:00am

It looks like Rob Clark has had another candidate slip off the hook. Last week Rob hinted that an announcement could be in the works for early this week when he was on Soccer is a Kick in the Grass. Then I had one person send me a message indicating that a press conference could be held today. And d...

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Devo's blog is blowing up

Published: October 26, 2009 12:00am

Devo's Direct Kicks You know it's the off season and there is drama in the air when a post at Devo's blog has 30 comments, some of which are from an anonymous "Rhinos insider" and Soccer Sam. And just so everyone knows, my D&C blog comment handle is JRW1974. From what I've seen, Rob Clark is far...

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Vallow re-signed through 2011

Published: October 21, 2009 12:00am

Rhinos Devo's Direct Kicks The Rhinos off season is off to a solid start with the announcement that goalkeeper Scott Vallow, who was set to be a free agent when 2009 contracts expired in a month or two, was signed to a contract through the 2011 season. I would hope that this signing is a...

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Waiting for the white smoke from Rhinos Stadium

Published: October 20, 2009 12:00am

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass Rob Clark was on with Andrew and Joe last evening [about 50 minutes into the podcast] and said that there could be a press conference as early as next week if the search for a new head coach and/or GM wraps up in the next couple of days. Apparently Rob Clark has had a c...

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Manic Monday

Published: October 19, 2009 12:00am

I'm having a wonderful Monday. I mean, Montreal won the USL-1 title over the weekend, the TOA drama seems to be spinning yet again, there is more Portland drama , and people want answers about the Matthew Ford dismissal. Are we having fun yet? has an intriguing list of potential MLS hea...

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