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The battle for the North

Out of the provisional "Central conference", the National Premier Soccer League have created an official "North conference.
For a conference wide update, check out NPSL Northerner or NPSL themselves
Of most import to me, Dakota Fusion are one of the newcomers.
Here's their press release:
BREAKING NEWS FOR NORTH DAKOTASOCCERWORLD No need to shout, DF. Dakota Fusion Becomes Full Member of the NPSL. Dakota Fusion FC is excited to announce that it will join the NPSL beginning in the summer of 2017. Seems fair so far. DFFC is the first locally owned semi-professional soccer club in Fargo, ND. I'm not gonna let this slide. It is a snide and ultimately empty "first" because FC Fargo were the first competitive outdoor amateur team in Fargo-Moorhead. Semi-Pro isn't actually a thing in the US system. You are either professional (MLS, USL, NASL - at time of writing) or amateur (everything else) Launched by Amanda and SajidGhauri in February 2016, DFFC went…

Another day, another league

Out of the American Premier League comes the American Champions League. Founders of the former have basically recreated the original APL model with its multitude of teams almost exclusively in the Twin Cities. I called the original APL a "Twin Cities metro rec league". I'm yet to see any evidence that the zombies of FC Minneapolis and Granite City are creating anything more worthy of attention. The ACL model sees teams competing at state (or more accurately metro) level against one another for what amount to divisional titles. The divisional champions will then eventually face off, apparently, in a "Champions League" format. This next season there is only the one division, in that one metro/CSA. (Depends on whether you consider St Cloud a different metro) It doesn't even include Duluth, let alone Fargo-Moorhead so I am curious but it is irrelevant. If they convince people to expand into North Dakota there is the obvious problem that Fargo is out on a…

Turning the page - FC Fargo, the new name and the Open Cup

On the 23rd of August 2015, FC Fargo folded for financial reasons. It was the end of a soccer club that I and others had poured our hearts and funds into. I took the decision to retool the Fargo Green Army blog at this address as The Fargo Wanderer, whilst retaining the slogan of "Supporting North of Normal Soccer". The name is a play on the storied history of itinerant soccer clubs who bounce around areas looking for a home, leading to being called Wanderers (eg. Bolton, Wolverhampton) I've most probably closed the book on my time as an employee at D4 level but I've definitely turned the page on my time with FC Fargo and will look upon the following seasons as a mixture of a fan and a reporter. I hope that Dakota Fusion Futbol Club (missing an accent on that F word) get better at communication and scheduling and then I may have another spectating option in Fargo-Moorhead. That said, global soccer fandom has more seasons than the world. College soccer has resu…