Is Detroit about to get a USL Pro team?

Discussion in 'USL Expansion' started by Alistair Fannell, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. Bluesfan

    Bluesfan Member+

    Aug 12, 2000
    Baltimore
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Scotland
    Except there is no mention of USLPro. It also mentions 2015. The USL rarely uses the year and a half lead time for expansion clubs. Any clubs announced now would usually debut 2014.
     
  2. Sporting Real

    Sporting Real Member+

    Jun 29, 2011
    Kansas City
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yeah, because who needs time to add stability to new franchise when you're the USL Pro, the highest level of soccer in the US outside of MLS, and the gateway to getting there!
     
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  3. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    "I made a whole story out of someone's Facebook post and my j-school instructors could not be more proud."
     
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  4. ManuSooner

    ManuSooner Member+

    Nov 15, 2007
    Oklahoma City
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Hey, you need to wipe your chin. I think you have some sarcasm that's dripping down ;-)
    And yeah, why would USL EVER have a team get their affairs in order before making grand pronouncements about 12K seat temporary stadia, or "next stop, MLS!"
     
  5. Alistair Fannell

    Aug 13, 2013
    Springfield, Missouri
    Club:
    AC St. Louis
    Look like it's the NASL!
     
  6. ThePonchat

    ThePonchat Member+

    Columbus Crew SC
    United States
    Jan 10, 2013
    NKY
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm one who thinks MLS in Detroit will not work.
     
  7. Alistair Fannell

    Aug 13, 2013
    Springfield, Missouri
    Club:
    AC St. Louis
    Maybe the NASL for Detroit in 2015.
     
  8. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Better be announced soon, then.
     
  9. SJJ

    SJJ Member

    Sep 20, 1999
    Royal Oak, MI, USA
    Club:
    Michigan Bucks
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Posting this in the Detroit-specific thread; seperate of the Wishful Thinking thread.

    Duggan Targets Detroit For USL PRO
    Michigan Bucks owner aiming for new franchise in 2015
    Tuesday, April 1, 2014
    http://www.uslpdl.com/home/798793.html


    Duggan targets USL PRO for Detroit in 2015
    (this article may be identicle to the USL article above)
    http://www.buckssoccer.com/home/798788.html


    Replay: Chat with Michigan Bucks owner Dan Duggan
    Dan answered fans' questions April 29, 2014
    http://live.freep.com/Event/Chat_with_Michigan_Bucks_owner_Dann_Duggan
     
  10. mikehurst21

    mikehurst21 Member

    Oklahoma City Energy FC
    United States
    Nov 6, 2013
    Moore Oklahoma
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

    yeah we've been talking about this for a month ( was actually hoping for some new news)
     
  11. SJJ

    SJJ Member

    Sep 20, 1999
    Royal Oak, MI, USA
    Club:
    Michigan Bucks
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  12. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm not clear why he has to go to Brazil to negotiate for a team in a US-based league.

    You don't hope to start until April 2015 anyway. Everybody in American soccer will be back stateside in a month. You want to go to the World Cup, go to the World Cup, that's fine. But having meetings with people you could have meetings with in Tampa or New York in Rio or Natal only makes some sense if you are going to claim it as a business expense.
     
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  13. SJJ

    SJJ Member

    Sep 20, 1999
    Royal Oak, MI, USA
    Club:
    Michigan Bucks
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    #14 SJJ, Jun 13, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2014
    True in the sense that the distance is quite... distant. But Duggan has attended numerous MLS, USL, and USSF events over the years. Certainly is an "in-the-loop" guy. (I would ask that you hold off from calling it a tax-dodge without more solid info.)
     
  14. Love10

    Love10 New Member

    Jun 10, 2014
    Club:
    --other--
    Don't understand the Michigan Bucks getting a look for USL Pro, with Detroit City FC drawing much better crowds than them.
     
  15. SJJ

    SJJ Member

    Sep 20, 1999
    Royal Oak, MI, USA
    Club:
    Michigan Bucks
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    L10, there was a bit of speculation on this point in the "rumors and wishful thinking" thread, including some fans potential thoughts that DCFC somehow "earned the claiming rights" to the downtown area, and anything else would be poaching.

    I would say to re-read the "Replay: Chat with Michigan Bucks owner Dan Duggan" I previously posted here; Dan says that he has kept Detroit City in the loop at each step, and would welcome another team playing in a downtown 5K stadium (keeping field integrity). He also mentions that the PDL-NPSL season is only a couple months long, and a pro season would be longer. (The PDL did announce a second fall season since then.)

    Now returning to the latest article: "Most of the land runs along the proposed M-1 rail route off Woodward, but he also said a stadium could be built on the riverfront, the abandoned Wayne County jail site or Belle Isle." I have been following plans for mass transit in Detroit area; I'm still not convinced that it will work, but making a stadium part of M-1 rail would help in getting people there other than by auto. Belle Isle would be interesting; still playing that one in my head. (And hasn't the jail site been rejected once?)

    And Roger Faulkner has an opposite view that a USL team has no bearing on getting an MLS team. In one respect, it's good to have a "loyal opposition" opinion, but the fact is that most of the recent MLS expansions have come up from the lower-division ranks.
     
  16. SoccerPrime

    SoccerPrime Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 14, 2003
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Duncan went to watch the World Cup because he is a soccer fan. Also, if he manages to find some crazy rich soccer-mad Brazilian willing to invest then it will be a bonus. Its really nothing more than that.
     
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  17. ThePonchat

    ThePonchat Member+

    Columbus Crew SC
    United States
    Jan 10, 2013
    NKY
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This was my thoughts.
     
  18. Bluesfan

    Bluesfan Member+

    Aug 12, 2000
    Baltimore
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Scotland
    Because, for the one millionth time, that is not the way it works.
     
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  19. mikehurst21

    mikehurst21 Member

    Oklahoma City Energy FC
    United States
    Nov 6, 2013
    Moore Oklahoma
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    well today was the deadline wonder when we can expect an anouncment or news either way ?
     
  20. ajbirch07

    ajbirch07 Member

    Jan 31, 2008
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    There hasn't been any news here in Michigan
     
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  21. mikehurst21

    mikehurst21 Member

    Oklahoma City Energy FC
    United States
    Nov 6, 2013
    Moore Oklahoma
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

    probably won't be any for a week or two at least
     
  22. Kevin Blazaitis

    Kevin Blazaitis New Member

    May 19, 2014
    Club:
    Everton FC
  23. SoccerPrime

    SoccerPrime Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 14, 2003
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I wonder what kind of money he found in Brazil?
     
  24. Sam U El

    Sam U El Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 31, 2013
    Seoul Korea
    Club:
    New York Cosmos
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The best kind... Moved out a local tribe, killed the local animal life for hides, cut down the trees and strip-mined what was left. :sneaky:
     

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