Tag Archives: USL

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

Galaxy Left Dazed and Confused

Posted on by Bobby Brandon

And this meant something. Bruce Arena fielded a somewhat — though not very — weakened team against the USL conference’s basement dwellers and most likely expected to end up taking a comfortable lead down to Bayamon for the return leg. … Continue reading

How MLS Is Practically Extinct In Parts of the U.S.

Posted on by Christopher Harris

I had the sudden realization Sunday that if aliens descended on my town and were asked to find any life of Major League Soccer in South Florida, the only thing they would find is MLS trading cards in the bargain … Continue reading

What Can North American Soccer Do To Beat Euro-Centric US TV?

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Before ESPN or Fox Soccer Channel begins the live broadcast of a Major League Soccer game on a Saturday evening, many soccer fans are burned out. They’re burned out from watching a smorgasbord of European soccer that has been on … Continue reading

NASL Stepping Up to Fill Important Gap

Posted on by Lars Lowther

Professional Soccer has often been a spottingly available product across North America, and MLS, as a Premier Division, cannot fill the gaps by itself.  This is where USL has often filled in, in the past, although USL has often been … Continue reading

MLS Draft, CBA, and More

Posted on by Peter C

Stuff I Follow from the Cheap Seats MLS Superdraft A good starting point for Superdraft information. Generation Adidas explained, reported by L.E. Eisenmenger. Before the expansion draft I was pegging Philadelphia to take defenseman Ike Opara with the first pick … 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

The Forgotten Ones

Posted on by Bobby Brandon

You know, I think the Honda Fit is a cute car. I think that every time I see the banner ad on the front page, what irks me about it is the fact that I can’t really fit — no … Continue reading

FC New York: What Happened?

Posted on by Bobby Brandon

Before I start, I will say. Yes, there is a chance that they’re working quietly behind the scenes to get everything sorted out, and that come April 2010 we may all look back and say “Why’d I ever doubt them?”, … Continue reading

More Teams Join the NASL

Posted on by Bobby Brandon

Yesterday the Rochester Rhinos announced they would leave the USL in favor of the new NASL for the 2010 season. This more-or-less leaves the USL First Division dead in the water for next year, although you should fully expect their … Continue reading

MLS Throw Ins

Posted on by Peter C

Luke Wileman reports – Turf Removal Starts At BMO Field – New coach, new grass, different result for TFC in 2010? Late note: The CFL Argos are once again talking about playing at BMO. Uh Oh. My take: Unfortunately, TFC … Continue reading

Charleston Decides to Self-Relegate for 2010 Season

Posted on by Bobby Brandon

In the wake of the on-going USL soap opera that has been unfolding since summer, the Charleston Battery announced their intentions to relegate themselves to the USL Second Division for the upcoming 2010 season. The Battery was never a member … 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

The Evolution of Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Posted on by Alex Caulfield

In 2010 Major League Soccer will welcome the Philadelphia Union to its ranks as the fifteenth team to join the division, and thus far the club has been bolstered by strong ticket sales. The league office will hope Philadelphia’s inclusion … 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

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

Michael Jackson’s death, Interleague baseball and the Confederations Cup

Posted on by Mitch Howard

Today is the last day of Interleague baseball for this season of MLB.  It ends coincidentally on the same day as the final of the Confederation Cup.  As great as the Confederation Cup has been for Soccer, Interleague play has given … Continue reading

Who is the target demo for MLS?

Posted on by Mitch Howard

Who is the real target demographic of professional soccer in the U.S.? Is it Soccer Moms?  Is it Soccer players?  Is it Latino people? Sure, Soccer Moms, Latinos and Soccer players make up some of the peripheral targets, but who makes up the … Continue reading