Monday, November 01, 2010

Minnesota soccer teams

I'm on a soccer binge.

After watching the world cup games, I realized there was much I didn't understand about the game. After 30 years of NFL football, I have to be honest -- I need to learn something new. My wife is English, so I've always felt a little out of place at English family gatherings. When my brother-in-laws took me to a Brighton-Hove Albion game, I just didn't quite get it. But I persisted, and now since the World Cup games, I haven't been able to totally leave my interest in soccer behind.

For the past 3 months, I've been watching MSL soccer, I subscribed to UEFA matches on DirecTV, and have been watching La Liga and BPL games on Fox Soccer channel.

Lately I've been trying to get my head around soccer, and how it is organized in the U.S. and my state of Minnesota. I was surprised to learn that Minnesota has 3 soccer teams that compete in the 2nd and 4th tiers of the US Soccer Pyramid.

NSC Minnesota Stars
NASL (2nd Tier)
Blain, MN (Twin Cities)

Rochester Thunder
USL Premier Development League (4th Tier)
Rochester, MN

Minnesota Kings
National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) (4th Tier)

Saint Paul Twin Stars
National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) (4th Tier)
St Paul

It would be nice if the PDL teams could play the NPSL teams. We could get a nice cross state rivalry going between the Twin Stars, the Kings and the Thunder.

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