Category: USL

ABC to broadcast MLS Cup Final on over-the-air television

For the first time since the 2014 FIFA World Cup, ABC will broadcast a soccer match on its over-the-channel to viewers in the United States. The 2019 MLS Cup Final will get the honors when the game will air live on both ABC and Univision on Sunday, November 10 from 3PM ET. Executives will be hoping that the viewership on ABC will be an increase on the 2.2 million who watched the 1997 MLS Cup Final on ABC. As mentioned on several episodes of the World Soccer Talk Podcast this year, ESPN executives had been mulling over the possibility of ... Read more

Inaugural game for Memphis 901 FC shows love for soccer in Bluff City

The inaugural game for Memphis 901 FC was Saturday, and I had the opportunity to watch a little bit of history being made in Tennessee on a clear, gorgeous evening in downtown Memphis. Nothing was going to spoil the party that was the debut game for Memphis 901 FC. Well, nothing except the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Memphis 901 FC was founded on January 8, 2018 and is co-owned by a group including Peter Freund, Craig Unger, and former USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard (a long-time Memphis resident). Nobody was really sure how well soccer would work in Memphis because it had ... Read more

Louisville City cements itself as most dominant club in American soccer

Louisville City appeared almost out of thin air in the summer of 2014. When Orlando City was granted an expansion slot in MLS, their USL slot needed to be filled and Louisville City was born. While there were some fans in Louisville that were quite enthusiastic about the new team, some scratched their heads. As a sports town, Louisville was known for its passion for college basketball, making baseball bats and the Kentucky Derby. Not only has the city proven to have a great passion for soccer, but the team has proven to be very competitive on the field. Support ... Read more

Rocco Commisso speaks out about Steve Malik and USSF

Rocco Commisso on buying the Cosmos, NASL’s sanctioning and North Carolina FC’s Steve Malik New York Cosmos Owner and Chairman Rocco Commisso recently spoke exclusively to World Soccer Talk about the state of the North American Soccer League (NASL) that his club plays in, which has been sanctioned as a second division by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) since 2011. On September 1, 2017 at the USSF Board meeting that preceded the United States humiliating 2-0 World Cup Qualifying loss to Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena, NASL was denied a continuation at the Division 2 level for 2018 ... Read more

Antitrust lawsuit: NASL dug its own grave despite USSF-MLS collusion

What do investors in soccer do when they’ve made one bad business decision after another? And to make matters worse, when they’ve shifted from one rhetorical strategy to another? Sue their governing body, of course! This is the path the North American Soccer League (NASL) has chosen to justify the league’s complete failure to create a stable and successful second division that works within the confines of US Soccer. After seven seasons as a sanctioned Division II league, NASL was informed on September 1, 2017 that they would not be approved as a D II league by the United States ... Read more

USL leads the way with improved TV and digital coverage from USL Productions

USL, which is a sanctioned second division by the United States Soccer Federation, has undertaken a massive effort to increase accessibility of its product to viewers while improving production in a cost-effective way. The league has undertaken a massive $10 million effort to enhance its productions, both for digital and television. The league has also launched a television network that syndicates games in local markets. The league is the largest second division in the world in terms of teams and broadcasting matches at a high level both for television and digital. It remains a challenge, but one that USL seems ... Read more

Swansea kicks off American tour with win against Charlotte Independence

On a beautiful summer evening in Charlotte, Swansea City played its first preseason match Wednesday in front of a sold-out crowd of 4,116, which set an attendance record for the USL Club’s Ramblewood Stadium. Swansea began its preseason campaign in comfortable fashion with a 4-0 victory against the third-tier opposition. While Charlotte had chances to score, Swansea controlled most of the possession during the game and showed their fitness in the second half to take the 1-0 lead at the interval into a convincing 4-0 finish at the end of the 90 minutes. For me, watching this match was a ... Read more

Ranking the top 20 cities for MLS, NASL and USL expansion

Interest in professional soccer is growing at an unprecedented pace in the United States and Canada. However, not all markets are created equally. If marketing and stadium circumstances are favorable, almost any metropolitan area over 500,000 citizens could support pro soccer, but some have better situations than others. While the United States and Canada ended the current regular season with 20 MLS teams, 24 USL clubs and 11 NASL sides, expansion teams have already been confirmed for Atlanta (MLS), Minneapolis–Saint Paul (MLS), Los Angeles (MLS), Miami (NASL) and Reno (USL) with more expected to be announced in the next 12 months. However, out ... Read more