American soccer is an odd duck. Because MLS is a single-entity (meaning that the league owns all the teams and each team’s ‘owner’ is really just a minority partner), it sells itself in the same way a team would. Thus, the priority is league over team. Which is queer. I don’t much like cheering for leagues.
I’d like to see more folk support or, at least, be knowledgeable about more teams. This was why I wrote for a whole season on the fourth tier teams of the NPSL. Because my Minnesota team isn’t in MLS but the NASL, I’ve been trying to get more people to not only know about Minnesota United but all the teams it plays against. Some Chicago Fire guys I talk with and who let me write on Chicago started a new site for all of North America called “12” and drafted me into covering the NASL.
It’s been slow going over at “12.” I’ve been fortunate to find a guy to cover the Tampa Bay Rowdies, but so far he and I are it. This week however I put out a call via Twitter that was re-tweeted by the Indy Eleven and Ottawa Fury accounts. I got four responses from Indianapolis fans, so I’m hoping to have them covered–this week will be the test since Indy plays twice.
Also, a woman contacted me about covering Ottawa. Her pieces for the supporters blog were solid, so I hope she pans out as well. I conned two other friends on Twitter to take on some matches (New York Cosmos vs Carolina Railhawks and San Antonio Scorpions vs FC Edmonton) and depending on their schedules they might regularly contribute.
It’s not difficult to find folks who write or follow the teams, it’s difficult finding folks that are interested in doing for a non-paying, relatively new site.
But things are getting fun in the North American Soccer League. This week’s highlights show some quality:
Meanwhile, I continue my attempt at covering Minnesota United FC in an attempt to get it to give me a job.