US Lower Division news, 2019

Discussion in 'US Women's Lower Divisions' started by SiberianThunderT, Jan 14, 2019.

  1. SiberianThunderT

    Sep 21, 2008
    DC
    Club:
    Saint Louis Athletica
    Nat'l Team:
    Spain
    We're still quite a ways away from the summer season, but I thought it would be a good idea to simply pool all discussion into one thread unless/until it looks like there's enough to talk about to spin separate threads off.

    The big reason I wanted to start this thread is a single move that may mean a lot and may mean nothing:
    The RSL organization last week announced that they're shuttering their UWS team, RSL Women, and instead beginning a WPSL team (returning to the league after a few years in UWS) with the Utah Royals Reserves. Not gonna help endear the two leagues to each other at all. X-D
     
  2. SiberianThunderT

    Sep 21, 2008
    DC
    Club:
    Saint Louis Athletica
    Nat'l Team:
    Spain
    Here's a fun thing: interleague play!
    https://www.michiganmilkcup.com/new...-to-include-mens-womens-and-youth-tournaments
    Two local(?) teams will play in a play-in round, with the winner joining the two MI-based WPSL teams and five of the six MI-based UWS teams for a berth in the final, where the winner gets $5k and the loser $1.5k. I don't know what operating budgets are for all these DII-and-lower teams, but I'm betting those prizes are pretty significant! And not much travel needed by anyone involved.
     
  3. SiberianThunderT

    Sep 21, 2008
    DC
    Club:
    Saint Louis Athletica
    Nat'l Team:
    Spain
    Seems like conference alignments and some schedules are starting to come out!

    WPSL, which has continued to grow, has now started grouping previous conferences into divisions of new, larger conferences, such that there are five "pods" of teams in each region but only four "conferences" in each region.
    https://www.wpslsoccer.com/news_article/show/999703

    UWS is still a bit piecemeal, but the Midwest and West conferences have both their alignments and schedules ready now:
    https://www.uwssoccer.com/news_article/show/997884
    https://www.uwssoccer.com/news_article/show/1000138

    Finally, that Michigan Milk Cup has now (or maybe a while ago... I'm a little late on this) completed its draw procedure and attached "play-by" dates for the first three rounds:

    Interestingly, (and thankfully, IMO) the two WPSL teams will NOT be playing each other in the QF round! So we're guaranteed to get at least two WPSL-UWS matchups from this little tournament - and maybe more if the WPSL teams advance.
     
  4. Lechus7

    Lechus7 Member+

    Aug 31, 2011
    Wroclaw
    SiberianThunderT repped this.

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