USL General News thread

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

  1. Expansion Franchise

    Chattanooga FC
    United States
    Apr 7, 2018
    It looks like it's a weird situation in Fresno, since it doesn't look like the Grizzlies own the ballfield, either (the city does), but they do manage it, so they're able to screw over another company trying to use a facility they got the taxpayers to build.

    What screwed up situations we get ourselves into in this country.
     
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  2. athletics68

    athletics68 Member+

    Dec 12, 2006
    San Diego & San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I mean it’s not that screwed up. The Grizzlies are the reason the park was built and the primary tenant. It stands to reason they’d be the ones managing it to maximize their customers game day experience. What’s more amazing is that a soccer team thought shoehorning themselves into a baseball stadium they had no control over was a good idea in the first place. And with no backup plan too.

    Even Reno and NYCFC with the lack of financial issue seems a bad long term solution. Soccer and baseball are just too different to be sharing a venue.
     
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  3. aetraxx7

    aetraxx7 Member+

    Jun 25, 2005
    Des Moines, IA
    Club:
    Des Moines Menace
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    DC United and the Nats demonstrated this really well for a long period of time. Kansas City (Wizards) did too. The same can be said for NFL/MLB shared venues back in the day. That's why the Raiders and A's have both attempted to leave so many times.
     
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  4. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    That headline is more alarmist than the article makes it out to be. They don't seem to be in danger of folding (at least those facts are not in evidence), and the story seems to hinge on the supposed "by the third year" USL rule. (And if you know USL, you know about rules enforcement.)

    Yeah, they need a stadium solution. The economics are a challenge. The same is true for lots of folks. Necessity is the mother of invention. (Remember when the Fuego played for years in that same park? Good times.)
     
  5. Lewis N. Clark

    Jul 1, 2014
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    SPR, RIP.

    Did you see the news that Swope Park Rangers will be rebranded "Sporting KC II" next season? I guess the dream of heading back to (right sized) Swope Park is officially buried.

    If they stay in the "Cavernous Confines" of CMP next season for the entertainment of the average 443 patrons who take in a match, I say let the public in for free and make money on pepsi, popcorn, and beer! (I understand that many of the 443 in the stands are season ticket holders of SKC who get in for free anyway.)

    https://www.sportingkc.com/post/201...mpionship-team-become-sporting-kansas-city-ii

    And by the way, it takes SPR 6 months to win 3 matches, and after I officially give up caring, they go and win 3 matches in little more than 2 weeks.
     
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  6. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Sporting KC II is twice as dumb a name as Sporting KC.
     
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  7. Expansion Franchise

    Chattanooga FC
    United States
    Apr 7, 2018
    The problem may be more that the current owner no longer views operating a D2 soccer team as a "necessity".
     
  8. Expansion Franchise

    Chattanooga FC
    United States
    Apr 7, 2018
    Well, it's one louder, innit?
     
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  9. Lewis N. Clark

    Jul 1, 2014
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    :laugh: Spinal Tap lives !!
     
  10. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Again, facts not in evidence.

    They need a stadium solution. That has been the case from the jump, and is the same for all of these tenants-in-non-optimal-stadia.

    If they want to continue (which is implied and assumed, the initial investment makes these franchises slightly less disposable than in the 90s), the economic reality demands they make a move.

    That's all obvious.

    Couching it in allusions to the idea that their short-term existence is in question is simplistic, feeds the narrative of instability in the game and, again, is based on facts not (yet) in evidence.
     
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  11. Paul Berry

    Paul Berry Member+

    Notts County and NYCFC
    England
    Apr 18, 2015
    Nr Kingston NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  12. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It's too bad grassroots clubs like AFC Ann Arbor can't go from, say, the Great Lakes Premier League to the NPSL to a pro league as they grow and if their organization warrants it. The system just keeps ambitious clubs down, man.
     
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  13. Expansion Franchise

    Chattanooga FC
    United States
    Apr 7, 2018
    Let's not go crazy. They'll need to find a stadium with lights first.
     
  14. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Pro/rel would light the way for everyone. You wouldn't need lights.
     
  15. athletics68

    athletics68 Member+

    Dec 12, 2006
    San Diego & San Jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Cabal!
     
  16. Blando13

    Blando13 Member+

    Dec 4, 2013
    Lee's Summit, MO
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Too bad they had to sell their soles to the MLS/USL Cartel to do it ... and pay the crazy expansion fees. Why would they be leaving the NPSL for USL L2 when NPSL is starting that year round league? .../s
     
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  17. Paul Berry

    Paul Berry Member+

    Notts County and NYCFC
    England
    Apr 18, 2015
    Nr Kingston NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The expansion fee for USL L1 is $500k.

    That year round thing isn't yet a thing.
     
  18. Blando13

    Blando13 Member+

    Dec 4, 2013
    Lee's Summit, MO
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    My post was sarcasm.
     
  19. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  20. Expansion Franchise

    Chattanooga FC
    United States
    Apr 7, 2018
    Bob Kraft would truly be bigger than Jesus, then.
     
  21. miladmaz12

    miladmaz12 Member

    Oct 5, 2019
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  22. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Survey says 50 percent of people got that joke.
     
  23. AndyMead

    AndyMead Homo Sapien

    Nov 2, 1999
    Seat 12A
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    Most of us around here are old for internet forum standards, but I'm not sure I'm old enough to have any actual memories of that band when it was still together. I do have a few memories from that time, but they were things like men landing on the moon, or a cross country trip my family took.

    That said, I got the joke.
     
  24. Expansion Franchise

    Chattanooga FC
    United States
    Apr 7, 2018
    "...I just happen to be a Rolling Stones man."
     
  25. ThePonchat

    ThePonchat Member+

    Columbus Crew SC
    United States
    Jan 10, 2013
    NKY
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    USL1 contraction:
    • Lansing Ignite -- ceasing operations
     

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