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Archives: USL

USL Pro Releases Schedule and Divisional Alignment

Posted on by Robert Hay

While we await the final release of the MLS schedule, third-division USL Pro announced their schedule and division alignments on Friday, emphasizing the league’s accessibility and stability. The press release from USL Pro emphasizes that six of their franchises have … Continue reading

USL PRO Goes Coastal with New LA Franchise

Posted on by Robert Hay

The West Coast is getting USL PRO representation next year with the announcement of the new LA Blues franchise, set to begin play in 2011.  The club, which had been rumored for about a month to be the newest franchise … Continue reading

US Open Cup Quarterfinals Gets Underway On Tuesday

Posted on by Daniel Feuerstein

After some heart pounding matches in the Third Round of the US Open Cup we have our elite eight getting ready to duke it out in the Quarterfinal Round. Once again we saw a tough favorite from the lower levels … Continue reading

MLS Year End Throwins

Posted on by Peter C

An End of Year, Cleaning out some files post A bit of an older article by Fake Sigi illuminates some of the machinizations that occur beyond the pitch that surround clubs and stadiums. Bill Archer’s post, The End of the … Continue reading

Top 5 Lowlights of American Soccer in 2009

Posted on by Brian Zygo

2010 is upon us, which means that it’s the time of year when we journalists, pundits, analysts, and/or columnists take stock of the year that has passed and provide you with our lists of the past years highlights and lowlights. … Continue reading

The Decade in Review

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Next week, we will be running a decade in review article for the US National Team, MLS, and USL. Here is the schedule: US National Team:  Monday December 28th Major League Soccer: Tuesday December 29th USL/A-League: Wednesday December 30th MLS … Continue reading

USL’s Legacy Will Continue into the Future

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

With yesterday’s announcement that the Rochester Rhinos will be joining the yet to be officially sanctioned (new) North American Soccer League (NASL), further gloom undoubtedly spread over Tampa about the future of the United Soccer Leagues (USL). The Rhinos are a classic … Continue reading

TOA Grabs Two Pieces of NASL Legacy

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

This morning, my personal site, the Kartik Report along with partner site Inside Minnesota Soccer was among those breaking the story that Crystal Palace Baltimore and Paul Dalglish’s Tampa Bay Rowdies were joining the new TOA “breakaway” league . Later … Continue reading

Monday Musings

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

The Galaxy’s win over the Dynamo was dramatic but in many ways tainted. A strange call when against Houston, and the rolling power outages that swept Southern California seemed to unfortunately coincide with upsurges in Houston play. Chicago vs Real … Continue reading

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