2019 OUTDOOR SEASON
The National Soccer League is gearing up for the 2019 outdoor season. The affiliation meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 20, at 8.00 PM at the NSL office. Attendance is mandatory for all teams.
Season: Late April through mid October
Affiliation fee: $500, must be paid no later than March 20
Membership fee: $100 for all teams
Flexible scheduling for home games
Promotion/relegation structure (dependent on number of teams)
Strong competition: CKS Warta, RWB Adria and Gazelle SC reached 2018 Illinois State Cup semifinals
Tournament: NSL will host 100 Year Anniversary Tournament in July; date and location TBD.
For more information, contact the NSL at email@example.com.
The Albanian Stars followed up their first-place finish in the Champions Division with victory in Friday's playoff tournament. The Stars downed CKS Warta 3:1 in the final. The Stars and Warta reached the final by eliminating Czarny Dunajec (2:1) and Berber Stars (5:1), respectively in the semifinals.
MUFC Red Devils, on their maiden voyage in the NSL, cruised to the Major Division regular-season title with 10 wins in their last 11 matches. They then marched through the playoffs, beating Vikings B 3:0 in the final. The Red Devils bounced CKS Warta B 4:2 in the semis, while Vikings dispatched CD Taji 2:1 on the other side of the bracket.
Albanian Stars, in what might have been their last chance to overtake CKS Warta for the regular-season title in the Champions Division, pounded the leaders 5:0 last Friday. The Stars and Warta are level on points, but the Stars hold the tiebreaker advantage, with a win and a draw versus Warta in their two meetings.
A closely contested match was blown open when the Stars scored three times late in the first half to assume control of the game. Victor Pineda, Gilberto Martinez and Anthonio Aguilar all found the back of the net in stunning fashion.
Aguilar added a second after the break and Revel Obilo put the result beyond any doubt.
CKS Warta pulled three points clear of the Albanian Stars and Vikings AA with 4 :2 victory over Czarny Dunajec last Friday. The Vikings' shocking defeat to SAC Wisla dropped them to third place, level on points with the Albanian Stars, who dispatched Albania FC 5:3.
Warta's Alex Cervantes was the lone scorer in the first half and Dunajec fought back to level the affair early in the second half through Kamil Szczesniak. David Aranda's third goal of the season made it 2:1 to Warta.
With less than six minutes left in the match, Dunajec found a second equalizer, when Kyle Breitenbach finished off a counterattack.
Cervantes got his second score of the night, calmly finding the target with a sharp-angle shot to put Warta 3:2 up.
Dunajec were left exposed at the back as they sought a third goal and Warta exploited the space, with Juan de la Cruz bagging the winner just moments before the final whistle.
The Executive Board of the National Soccer League of Chicago has added two new members, filling two previously vacant positions.
The Board welcomes Ante Loncar (RWB Adria) and George Gorecki (Stare Byki FC), back into the league's leadership team. Ante has accepted the position of Vice President and George has accepted the position of Board Member.
The Board is pleased that these two vital and longstanding members of our league have rejoined the Board. They come to the Board with fresh, new ideas that will drive our league towards our next 100 years. The NSL will announce several new structures in the coming weeks, as we prepare for the 2019 Outdoor Season.
Robby Gunderson netted four times last Friday, helping CKS Warta to an 8:2 win over Berber Stars in the Champions Division. Vikings kept pace with the leaders, trouncing Czarny Dunajec 8:0. Warta lead Vikings by one point as the season enters the home stretch.
Warta exacted revenge over the Stars, who had won the first meeting between the teams 4:2. A full-strength Warta side came prepared and focused, surging to a 4:0 lead by halftime.
Will Butler opened the scoring, driving a strong shot through traffic past the Stars goalkeeper. Gunderson scored twice to make it 3:0, and then Juan de la Cruz added the fourth on a power play.
Warta kept pushing after the break, leading 5:0 after Gunderson's third tally. The Stars responded through Michael Mendoza, but David Aranda's strike made it 6:1. Daniel Fernandez brought the Stars to within 6:2, but Gunderson and Samir Ghiasi put the result to bed with two goals at the end.