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Cup buzz

The fun thing about being a fan, rather than a journalist on this particular subject... other people break stuff like FUSION ARE IN THE CUP

That is the US Open Cup Handbook, posted by Neil Morris and yep, the Radioactive Bees are in the 1st round proper of the venerable Lamar Hunt Open Cup, a competition played continuously since 1914 which features qualifying mens' clubs/franchises. 

As you can see above, there are three routes to qualification:

All professional franchises automatically qualify (MLS, USL)Some amateur clubs who are successful in x season of a national league (NPSL/PDL, but weirdly not UPSL), qualify for x+1's Open Cup. Other amateur clubs play against each other in qualifying rounds during year x to qualify for x+1 Open Cup. The bees qualified for the 2018 Open Cup after playing in the 2017 NPSL Playoffs (route #2 above)
Minneapolis City were screwed out of a spot in 2017 earned by playing in the 2016 PLA Playoffs, because they then moved to NPSL North in the time…
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Coaches unveiled

Becker and Hartley may sound like a law firm. They are also the head coaches who will be keeping the radioactive bees this season.Nick Becker comes to the club as head coach of the University of Jamestown Jimmies women's team to takeover from NDSU's Jim Robbins as men's coach at the fallout hive.The club's announcement makes no acknowledgement of the head coach who had taken the radioactive bees to leading Detroit City away from home in the NPSL playoffs, and the reasons for his departure remain unclear. It has also been suggested that the change in leadership may signal a substantial change in the roster composition, although the tryouts will be the judge of that.Coach Becker's assistants in Jamestown are Steve Harris, veteran of FC Fargo and Dakota Fusion between the posts and Jack Hartley, professional coach and former Jimmies team mate of Harris. More about Coach Hartley in a moment.Becker's Jimmies amassed a 14-5-1 record last year, leading them to their b…


So the powers that be at the Radioactive Bees have unveiled the Queen Bees schedule for their inaugural WPSL season. In organisational terms, since we have no rosters to fully compare yet, there are some familiar names and some familiar places. There are even, already some NDSU players who will be familiar faces to Coach Robbins. (Although I will leave the roster analysis to others) There are also teams and places that are either unfamiliar or further afield, or both. The season starts and ends against what the club call Mpls Fire, but who call themselves Twin Cities Fire, Fire 98 SC or Fire SC 98 and who's HQ is seemingly a house in Shakopee with a Gmail account. Their extensive academy system appear to play all over the Twin Cities metro, but a 55.1 journo has spotted that their home games will be at Sea Foam Stadium, 281 Hamline Ave in St. Paul. Thankfully, they also announced a streaming deal for their games. Next up are the TwinStars, who need no introduction but if you are …

The cat-ball clown show

Up until tonight I thought UPSL had good taste in selecting its teams.Apparently not: Ladies and gentlemen, (re) introducing the self-aggrandizing cat ball clown show, FC Minneapolis. I believe the running tally is something like 21-0 they have lost in games against FC Fargo.But whatever, they spout PR nonsense about how great their club is, seemingly entirely based around their founder Ian Sendi. They claim association with a city they don't play in, and some kind of territorial right to the state of Minnesota - even though even in this league they are not the only Minnesotans (see also the rebirth of the hardworking failure that was Granite City FC in St Cloud)I don't really need to say anything else. Check my earlier posts on our games or read the league guff yourself: well, stay warm. Soccer season is soon.

Radioactive Bees

Someone the other day was talking about what to do when clubs have no graphic design impetus. I can't do anything about that. I have no graphic design skill. That would be my brother, who I have no intention of dragging into #nonleaguelife Having been a founding investor in a team that subsequently went bust, I am gonna concentrate on what I know best. Passionate communication. Fans need to have autonomy from clubs, and symbiosis. I was just pondering the recently announced Dakota Fusion schedule and thought it would be cool to have a nickname for the team that had a separate life from the club and its (to be honest, stilted) official nickname. Maybe it was just my European allergy to teams with nicknames embedded in their formal name. It also doesn't help that Dakota Fusion have actually yet to play a home game in the Dakotas and have no ties to the Dakota people. So, just for the hell of it, I have decided to re-christen this team the Radioactive Bees. Call it a homage. I …

The crows and the Cup

Heard of the US Open Cup? It's the only tournament for which every club or franchise in US soccer can qualify.
I'm not gonna explain that here, read about it on
The rules are so convoluted that Minneapolis City were unceremoniously kicked out of last year's tournament because they moved leagues after they'd started the qualification process. In similarly ridiculous fashion they are back in the qualification process, not through their league placement in the NPSL (a league which offers some automatic qualification spots) but through their founder Stegmans Soccer Club, a much harder qualification path.
US Soccer then made it even harder by scheduling them for an away game in Aurora, IL (they won) and now they play in Rochester, this weekend. 
Unfortunately the Rochester in question is upstate NY rather than 'med city' two hours away in MN.
City/Stegmans are the only amateur team to be trying to qualify in the entire state of Minnesota. If they win thi…

No more wandering for this year

The Fusion headed to an unpromising tie at Detroit City's Keyworth Stadium with the serious threat of a blowout against a team with a longer history of...well most things, than they do.The Fusion squad featuring 10 (1, in Miah Wills did not play) former FC Fargo players finished the regular season 9-0-5 (Wins, draws and losses - since you get more points for a draw than a loss) and scrapped their way into the playoffs in a division against teams with that same advantage in experience.By the way, those ten are:
Steve Harris (Fusion's starting goalie all season), came to the area to play varsity at Jamestown.
Habib Beljulji (also a goalie), came to Moorhead as his family fled Kosovo.
Sunaj Beljulji also played for us. Emra Beljulji played for Fusion but not for us.
Ben Prochniak, West Fargo High and then Jamestown.
Fiaz Musa, came here to play soccer. Born in Khartoum, lived in Des Moines.
Ben Eastwell and George Gauld both have roots in southern England, played at Jamestown.