By Jeff Helfrich/NPSL.com Chad Rakestraw found out about the inception of the Denton Diablos on Twitter. Within weeks, he was named head coach of the new NPSL squad. Rakestraw knew Damon Gochneaur, one of the Diablos owners, from community connections. Shortly after the announcement of the team, Gochneaur reached out to Rakestraw about the position.
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By Jeff Helfrich/NPSL.com Bobby Shuttleworth and Brent Kallman have always done it the hard way. Minnesota United FC’s second year in MLS has been stabilized by the pair of NPSL alumni. The goalkeeper Shuttleworth was between the posts for Buffalo City FC in 2009. The defender Kallman was a member of the league with the
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By FC Buffalo FC Buffalo is both humbled and thrilled to announce that our 10th season will feature the club’s first time leaving North America. Many of our supporters will recall celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Sister City relationship between the City of Buffalo and the City of Dortmund with the Buffalo Dortmund Sister
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By Jeff Helfrich/NPSL.com For the past five months, Shaun Russell commuted two hours each way from his home of Virginia Beach to Richmond with the hopes of earning a pro contract with the USL’s Richmond Kickers. On Sept. 13, he finally broke through. Russell was signed on by the squad for the remainder of the
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The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is proud to announce that Denton Diablos FC (Denton, TX) has joined the league as an expansion team.  The club will begin competition in the South Region’s Lone Star Conference in 2019. “It is very exciting to see the Lone Star Conference continue to grow with Denton Diablos FC,”
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Patrick Mullins’ ability to adapt is something to be admired.  He’s played for four different MLS teams, including the New England Revolution, New York City FC, D.C. United, and Columbus Crew SC, and made meaningful contributions to each team. Playing for a new club in a new city would trouble some players, but going to
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Though FC Motown fell in the 2018 NPSL National Championship, head coach Sacir Hot is looking at the positives of what was overall an incredibly successful season. “It was a massive success, we had tons of fans, we hosted a pretty big soccer match in Motown,” Hot said. “We played a side very close that
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NPSL alum is the first to reach the level of Champions League football For Plano, Texas native Keaton Parks, coming to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Harrison, New Jersey isn’t exactly a trip home. But for the 20-year-old midfielder that has spent the last three seasons playing in Portugal, it’s an acceptable substitute. Parks, who grew up
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Miami FC 2 (Miami, FL) became the 2018 NPSL National Champions on Saturday night after defeating FC Motown (Morristown, NJ) 3-1 at Drew University’s Ranger Stadium in front of a sellout crowd of 2,143. “We have done it the right way and I couldn’t be more proud of them,” Miami FC 2 head coach Paul
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The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is proud to announce that Leithan “Lugnut” Allen has been named the 2018 Global Scarves NPSL Supporter of the Year. The selection was made via an online vote. “Seeing the passion that Lugnut brings to Greenville FC is truly inspiring to us all at Global Scarves,” Global Scarves Owner
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The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is proud to announce the four recipients of the 2018 NPSL Referee of the Year awards: Michael Dee (Northeast Region), Turan Oz (West Region), Austin Saini (Midwest Region), and Andres Vidales (South Region). “This season we once again, in collaboration with US Soccer have selected an official from each
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AFC Ann Arbor defender Joseph Stanley Okumu has been named the 2018 TopDrawerSoccer.com Player of the Year. The selection was made by the staff of TopDrawerSoccer.com. “TopDrawerSoccer is excited to announce and would like to congratulate AFC Ann Arbor’s Joseph Stanley Okumu for receiving the Player of the Year award,” TopDrawerSoccer.com Director of Content Travis Clark
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FC Motown midfielder Matt Nigro has been awarded the 2018 NPSL Golden Ball as the league’s top player. The selection was made after an online vote by teams, media members, supporters, and fans. “For me personally it is a huge honor to receive such a prestigious award,” Nigro said. “But I think without the team
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Duluth FC goalkeeper Jan Hoffelner has been awarded the 2018 NPSL Golden Glove as the league’s top goalkeeper.  The selection was made after an online vote by teams, media members, supporters, and fans. “I want to thank Coach Flo Liu for having the faith in me to guide me to the U.S. where I have
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