Saturday, April 16, 2011

NPSL US Open Cup Schedule, Work for RCU, Are Players Also Fans

NPSL SE Region US Open Cup Qualifying Schedule Released
Rocket City United and the rest of the NPSL Southeast Region will play a mini-knockout tournament in Chattanooga over the Memorial Day weekend (May 27-29th) to determine a representative from the region for the 2011 US Open Cup.  Two days of double header matches on Friday and Saturday will determine the finalists for the Sunday match.  RCU will open play Friday at 8PM EDT and if they win, they'll take on Chattanooga FC who received a bye through the first round.  The final will be Sunday, May 29th at 7PM EDT.  All games will be played in Chattnooga FC's home ground, Finley Stadium.   

RCU Wants You

Rocket City United is has some openings they are looking to fill.  If you are interested in hosting a weekly podcast, tracking team stats, or serving as a video analyst, contact RCU's director Jan Henner.  The team is also looking for game day volunteers to work the home matches. 

Are Players Also Fans? Not Really
Ryan Knapp on Soccer Player and/or Fans?

Former NPSL PR Director Ryan Knapp has written a great blog post about the disparity between being a soccer player in the USA and being a soccer fan.  Ryan's come to find that being a soccer player does not guarantee that you will be a fan of the game.  His former life as a promoter of the game has exposed him to the frustrating fact that a large majority of the US soccer community does not regularly support their local club.  I've personally experienced this phenomenon many times.  I'd try to discuss the big game on TV or at the local stadium with my teammates and would be met with blank stares and questions like "Oh, are they playing again?"

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