USL General News thread

Discussion in 'United Soccer Leagues' started by thefishy, Sep 28, 2014.

  1. thefishy

    thefishy Member

    Feb 5, 2012
    Club:
    Real Murcia CF
    Country:
    Costa Rica
    So, given the massive number of new teams, (do we know yet how many?) I imagine the season format will change. Has the league hinted at how this will change? Will there be a single table or conferences? Balanced schedule or not (I'm guessing not)? And what about the play-offs, I assume they will be expanded. How will they work. Has the league answered any of these questions yet? I know that their focus must have been on 2014, but I'm curious about 2015 now.
     
  2. oneeyedfool

    oneeyedfool Member+

    Nov 17, 2012
    Club:
    New York Cosmos
    Country:
    United States
    #3 oneeyedfool, Sep 28, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2014
    Would be easy to do Eastern and Western Conferences with the Mississippi as the divider:

    East:
    Pittsburgh
    Rochester
    Harrisburg
    Charlotte
    Charleston
    Richmond
    Wilmington
    Louisville
    Cincinnati
    Montreal II

    West:
    Seattle II
    Vancouver II
    Salt Lake II
    LA II
    Portland II
    Orange County
    Arizona
    Colorado Springs
    Sacramento
    St Louis
    Tulsa
    OKC
    Austin
     
  3. thefishy

    thefishy Member

    Feb 5, 2012
    Club:
    Real Murcia CF
    Country:
    Costa Rica
    Mike- thanks, but these articles are all speculation or from a while ago, and no longer up to date. I'm curious about what is actually set in stone for next year. Are there any actual answers?
     
  4. mikehurst21

    mikehurst21 Member

    Oklahoma City Energy FC
    United States
    Nov 6, 2013
    Moore Oklahoma
    Club:
    --other--
    Country:
    United States
    not really
     
  5. SoccerPrime

    SoccerPrime Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 14, 2003
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Country:
    United States
    Several of the MLS clubs are still a question mark. Vancouver is having troubles, Portland has rumored it but no news yet. I think Seattle, RSL and Montreal are legit. However I also think Orange County is a question mark.

    Still prefer more region conferences, but at least a west-east split is better than it is now.
     
  6. Vesty

    Vesty Member

    May 8, 2007
    Pittsburgh
    Club:
    Pittsburgh Riverhounds
    If they don't do official conferences I imagine in the least they'll still make the schedule regional like they did this year.

    If the league continues to operate like they have been you probably won't hear anything definitive on anything until January or February.
     
  7. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Country:
    United States
    Today's date: September 29.

    "Set in stone" with regards to USL six months out. That's funny.
     
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  8. ButlerBob

    ButlerBob Moderator
    Staff Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    Evanston, IL
    Club:
    DC United
    Country:
    United States
    And you can add Toronto to the east, based on a couple of interviews from last week. So 11 in the east and 13 in the west. I thought I read somewhere that they were going to stay at 28 games. Would be interesting to see how they would break it up. I think some type of conference and division sit up would work best. Where you play teams in your division 4 times and the other division 2. And then don't play the other conference till the playoffs.
     
  9. thefishy

    thefishy Member

    Feb 5, 2012
    Club:
    Real Murcia CF
    Country:
    Costa Rica

    Good point, but any official announcements from the league? That'd be clear enough for me.
     
  10. Bluesfan

    Bluesfan Member+

    Aug 12, 2000
    Baltimore
    Club:
    DC United
    Country:
    Scotland
    If your very life depends on confirming the USL Pro format this very instant I suggest checking their website or getting Tim Holt's cell number.

    Or, as Kenn said, consult a calendar and solve one of life's other great mysteries while you wait.
     
  11. EPJr

    EPJr Member

    Mar 21, 2009
    Richmond VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Country:
    United States
    how about East/Central/West
     
  12. SoccerPrime

    SoccerPrime Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 14, 2003
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Country:
    United States
    Well 2 new teams were added today. Seattle Sounders 2 and Portland Timbers 2.
     
  13. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Country:
    United States
    I can give it to you if you want it.

    Here's the thing: Any time there's an announcement from the league, they'll put it on their site. And someone will put it here. And even when there's just a rumor of an announcement, someone will put that here, too. That's how the process works.

    When things are actually announced, they're not hard to find. Speculation is the stock in trade around here. If you look here and look there and don't see anything, you can be reasonably sure nothing has been announced or rumored.

    If people would like to have someone ring them up whenever there's an announcement or rumor, so they don't have to go through the trouble of checking two websites....well, that's not happening.
     
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  14. coppercanuck

    coppercanuck New Member

    Mar 21, 2008
    I'm so worried that the USL will make this like the PDL. 8 divisions of 3. I like the idea of two regional divisions. After that, I'd hope it will tier down. Just feels like too many teams in the top three tiers. USL (22), NASL (12) and MLS (21). MLS's schedule this year is 34 games. If that is a good number of games then 18 teams makes that work. Take the top 18 teams from the 55 and you are left with 37. Split the 37 into two regional divisions ... 18-19. Seems like it could work.

    I am curious if MLS and USL Pro will get to a three conference format again.
     
  15. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Country:
    United States
    They won't do 8 divisions of 3, that's silly.

    And, no, it's not too many teams in the top 3 tiers. We had far more teams than this 15 years ago. Also silly.
     
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  16. mikehurst21

    mikehurst21 Member

    Oklahoma City Energy FC
    United States
    Nov 6, 2013
    Moore Oklahoma
    Club:
    --other--
    Country:
    United States

    for once I agree with this
     
  17. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Country:
    United States
    You should agree with me more often.
     
  18. Jahinho_Guerro

    Apr 17, 2009
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Country:
    Canada
    Conference Alignments announced:
    here's the full link to the play-off format as well

    2015 USL PRO Alignment

    Eastern Conference
    Charleston Battery
    Charlotte Independence
    FC Montreal
    Harrisburg City Islanders
    Louisville City FC
    *New York Red Bulls
    Pittsburgh Riverhounds
    Richmond Kickers
    Rochester Rhinos
    Saint Louis FC
    Toronto FC II
    Wilmington Hammerheads FC

    Western Conference
    Arizona United SC
    Austin Aztex
    Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
    LA Galaxy II
    OKC Energy FC
    Orange County Blues FC
    Portland Timbers 2
    Real Monarchs SLC
    Sacramento Republic FC
    Seattle Sounders FC 2
    Tulsa Roughnecks FC
    Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
     
  19. Lancaster FC

    Lancaster FC Member+

    Oct 2, 2007
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Country:
    United States
    now that MLS and USL Pro are partners, what happens if MLS fails to finalize its CBA before the start of USL Pro season?
    1. Is there a USLPro Players Union?
    2. Would MLS loaned players show up? (I doubt it)
    3. what about MLS teams?
    4. would USLPro, non affiliated teams show up?
    5. etc.
    Any Rumors or insiders with any information?
     
  20. Blando13

    Blando13 Member+

    Dec 4, 2013
    Lee's Summit, MO
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    Country:
    United States
    No insider information, but I would assume there would be no MLS players loaned to affiliates (they would be on strike). MLS2 sides would show up with no players on MLS contracts, playing with players on USL contracts and Academy players.
     
  21. athletics68

    athletics68 Member+

    Dec 12, 2006
    San Diego & San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Country:
    United States
    USL had a good showing against their D2 counterparts in NASL on Wednesday night.

    http://www.sbisoccer.com/2015/05/seven-perfect-third.html

    USL teams swept all 7 of their head to head matchups against the NASL. This despite the Open Cup matches being the USL's third matches already and the NASL only playing their first (and now last).
     
  22. newtex

    newtex Member+

    May 25, 2005
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    That is incorrect. The USL teams entered in the 2nd round. Each had played one game in the tournament before playing the NASL teams.
     

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