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Archives: USL

American Soccer Coming Home To St Louis

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Yesterday’s announcement of a breakaway league from USL-1 had a great symbolic significance. It seems after many false starts and false hopes, outdoor soccer may finally be coming home to St Louis. November 10th, 2009 could very well be remembered … Continue reading

New Teams For The USL

Posted on by Bobby Brandon

I guess some would look at this as a continuation of the war of press releases between the United Soccer Leagues and the Team Owners Association, but nonetheless it’s still news. According to the press release the USL First Division … Continue reading

Quick Friday Thoughts

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Houston and Seattle played a classic match last night on national television. The unsporting Freddy Montero was unable to hand the physical pounding Dom Kinnear and the Houston defenders had in store for the much hyped, but little regarded (at … Continue reading

Thoughts on the United Soccer Leagues – T.O.A. Situation

Posted on by Bobby Brandon

As we have seen from the excellent reporting by Kartik and Brian Quarstad this week, the future of the United Soccer Leagues is very unclear and very much up in the air. Whether or not some will admit it, the … Continue reading

USL At A Crossroads Part III: Negotiations Breakdown

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Yesterday, Simon Evans of Reuters confirmed  that the disaffected TOA clubs are seriously contemplating forming a breakaway league. We also learned of the Ottawa Fury’s application to move from the PDL to USL-1. Inside Minnesota Soccer and Major League Soccer Talk … Continue reading

Ottawa Fury Applies for a USL-1 Franchise

Posted on by Bobby Brandon

Here’s a link to the press release. I know, this is MLS Talk, not USL Talk. But given recent events, this is newsworthy. This has been rumored for awhile, not always the Fury, but that a party in Ottawa was … Continue reading

USL at a Crossroads: Part II, The Struggle for Power

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Yesterday, Major League Soccer Talk in conjunction with Inside Minnesota Soccer ‘s Brian Quarstad released the first of a three part series on the United Soccer Leagues. Where the league has come from, where it might be going, as well … Continue reading

USL Sale Complete: Reporters Notebook’s……Owners Upset (UPDATED 5:30 PM MONDAY)

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

(MONDAY EVENING UPDATE BELOW) USL announced Thursday afternoon, Nurock Soccer Holdings LLC has purchased the USL from Umbro/Nike. Brian Quarstad of Inside Minnesota Soccer and Major League Soccer Talk are currently working on the story……and will update the story as … Continue reading

USL at a Crossroads: Building USL

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Over the next several days and in conjunction with Brian Quarstad (who wrote most of this piece and whose counsel on USL matters is invaluable)  I will be presenting to you a multi-part series on the United Soccer Leagues. Where … Continue reading

USL Buyout Discussion Filled with Ignorant Discourse

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

What has been ongoing for months became public knowledge yesterday, thanks to a Canadian report. The United Soccer Leagues is for sale. As someone who has been aware of this fact since March, it’s a little disappointing to see a … Continue reading

Should Results Really Matter For MLS?

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

MLS continued poor play in CONCACAF continued this week. While DC United advanced, they added a record where in ten preliminary round matches against teams largely from poorer leagues, MLS is win less. Those of us who watch football from … Continue reading

CONCACAF Champions League: The Triumph of American Football

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

It was a great night for Americans in the CONCACAF Champions League. Two teams from American leagues, that play in the United States or associated territories triumphed in Continental play. DC United’s penalty shootout victory over Firpo demonstrated the resilience … Continue reading

PDL Final Set: Ventura County Hosts Chicago Fire

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

The Ventura County Fusion will host the 2009 PDL Final after crushing the Bradenton Academics 6-1 in Laredo, Texas. The neutral site game which was played approximately halfway between the two teams home sites in California and Florida respectively was … Continue reading

Red Bull NY Wins The USL Super 20 Championship

Posted on by Daniel Feuerstein

There have been a lot of negatives for the senior side of Red Bull NY in MLS play. Everything that I have documented is well known with the amount of wins to the terrible play, a coach and a sporting … Continue reading

USL PDL in the Spotlight: A Vital Part of American Soccer

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Many American football fans, especially those who only focus on MLS don’t know much about the PDL. The USL run Premier Development League however is having quite a summer. First, current PDL star Anton Peterlin signed with Everton of the … Continue reading

Are European Inspired Tactics Failing USL-1?

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Darren Tilley’s Rochester Rhinos will not repeat their feat of 1999. The US Open Cup Final will feature two MLS teams and two coaches who are part of the US system. USL-1 with its British flavored football and coaches who … Continue reading

MLS and the Gold Cup: Scheduling Conflicts Continue

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

With Major League Soccer’s self proclaimed “Summer of Soccer” continuing it’s worth noting that MLS has promised before the season to schedule smarter during internationals. I have previously stated that, while I would like the league to consistently break during … Continue reading

MLS/USL Review

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Musa Otieno (leftmost) captained Kenya to a critical World Cup Qualifying win yesterday. But the insistence on the American leagues, MLS and USL to play through international breaks meant Otieno was not available for his club side Cleveland City who … Continue reading