To many in the New England soccer community, Craig Tornberg is a familiar name. His background is filled with decades of playing, administrating and developing the sport of soccer. Before his role as the current managing director of NPSL club, Boston City FC, Craig spent many successful years serving as the general manager and Vice President of the New England Revolution. We cover a lot of ground in this one, even dipping into his role currently serving U.S. Soccer as a match commissioner, as well as his role with CONCACAF as a general coordinator, where he oversee’s international matches throughout the North and Central American region. Craig truly has his ear to the ground with Boston City FC, and is determined to make this grassroots club community-built.
Dare to dream! Family tradition goes hand-in-hand with the hard work of the family-built soccer club, Riverside Coras USA. Steeped in decades of tradition, join us as we talk with club owner, Rob Lopez. We chat life in the NPSL, potential benefits of an open system, what it means to carry on a family legacy, and the budding partnership with Coras FC, who currently play in Ascenso MX (second-tier of Mexican football league system).
Riverside Coras USA is community-based and organically supported!
Something big is happening in Birmingham, Alabama!
Hammers Vice President, John Killian, joins us in this episode, sharing his thoughts, insights, and why soccer is thriving in the heart of Dixie! The chat traverses several points of interest; the hurdles of building a club from scratch, the explosive growth of soccer clubs at the Non-League level, US Soccer's gaping hole at the 3rd division, and why Birmingham is a comeback city. "You fight, you work hard, and eventually the magic will happen!"
Who is Zac Gibbens?
He's living proof that the U.S. Soccer pyramid will sorely miss a third division for the foreseeable future! Originally from Oklahoma, Zac's pulled on the goalkeeper kit for several Colorado sides - Colorado Rush in high school, Harpo's FC in the US Open Cup and Colorado Amateur Soccer League (CASL). In 2016, Zac signed with the Colorado Springs Switchbacks of the United Soccer League (USL) for the back end of the season.
Trust. Doubt. Pain. Failure. Brotherhood. It's all in this episode!
Zac is currently involved with St. Vrain FC, a non-profit youth soccer club in Longmont, CO.
Happy New Year!
This one starts out with Chairman Barone remembering the days of playing soccer on the dirt patches of Brooklyn and his connection to the Brooklyn Italians. We talk about NPSL expansion, vision, loyalty, and some of the more challenging situations he's faced in his current role as Chairman of NPSL. We want to thank everyone who listened in 2016, we appreciate your support!