USL2

Discussion in 'College & Amateur Soccer' started by IntoTouch, Mar 31, 2024.

  1. IntoTouch

    IntoTouch Member

    Aston Villa
    United States
    May 3, 2022
    How do USL2 teams find their rosters?
     
  2. MCU9509

    MCU9509 New Member

    United States
    Apr 19, 2022
    I believe they (USL2 staff) work with the coaching staff of the various schools. The schools want/need/require their kids to play in the Summer league. So, I believe they are heavily involved with placing their kids with a USL2 team.
     
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  3. Benny Dargle

    Benny Dargle Member+

    Jul 23, 2008
    LA
    They also hold open tryouts. Here are a couple of examples of announcements I have seen in the past few months. Many of them have already passed. The tryouts are often during winter break or spring break for many schools or right after school ends in May

    https://www.sfglens.com/tryouts

    https://www.goballardfc.com/tryouts/

    https://azarsenalsc.org/usl-2/arizona-arsenal-soccer-club-usl-2

    https://www.vcfusion.com/usl2-tryouts

    https://www.montereybayfc.com/mbfc2-tryouts/

    https://www.fctucson.com/open-tryout/
     
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  4. IntoTouch

    IntoTouch Member

    Aston Villa
    United States
    May 3, 2022
    Yeah that was my leading point how can they tryout if still in spring season and not near a team.
     
  5. JoeSoccerFan

    JoeSoccerFan Member+

    Aug 11, 2000
    call the USL2 coach. teams are still building out their teams.
     
  6. The Big Dig

    The Big Dig Member

    Manchester United
    United States
    Sep 25, 2020
    They can go tryout if they are local to the team or willing to travel. The USL2 teams often schedule the tryouts around school breaks so the kids can attend. A lot of it is based on college coach placement and there is a recruitment process too. Similar to the college process players send highlight videos, full matches and stats/accolades to the coaches. The best USL2 teams do a great job recruiting and you can tell because a lot of their rosters are a mix of local kids and kids from all over the country/internationals as well.
     
  7. ThePonchat

    ThePonchat Member+

    #ProRelForUSA
    United States
    Jan 10, 2013
    I've Been Everywhere Man
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It's all over the place. No team builds their roster the same. Most good USL2 teams are done by December, at the latest.

    Most good USL2 teams don't value open tryouts, even the bad ones don't value the tryouts either.
     
  8. Benny Dargle

    Benny Dargle Member+

    Jul 23, 2008
    LA
    USL2 also isn't the only way for college kids to get game action over the summer. Sometimes you can get more regular playing time with a good UPSL team. It's hit or miss, but some of the UPSL teams are pretty strong in the larger metro areas.
     
  9. ThePonchat

    ThePonchat Member+

    #ProRelForUSA
    United States
    Jan 10, 2013
    I've Been Everywhere Man
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    There's a lot more out there than UPSL, and a lot more quality in clubs and operations.

    You have NPSL as well, but several regional leagues bring much more quality than UPSL can bring -- especially as a whole.
     
  10. Benny Dargle

    Benny Dargle Member+

    Jul 23, 2008
    LA
    As I said, it's hit or miss, but I would definitely not dismiss it out of hand with that kind of broad brush statement. In LA, for example, LAFC Academy and LA Galaxy Academy both enter teams in UPSL Premier. You see a lot of MLS and even USL academies doing that nowadays to provide more game time for the U19/MLSNP players and to try to get them experience playing against the older, more physical, players, that they used to see when they had their reserve teams in USL Championship. It probably depends upon your region as to whether the league and other teams are well organized, but the pro academies wouldn't put their players there if they thought there was a lot of nonsense going on. I know D1 players from area schools who played with UPSL teams because they wanted to stay in the area and VC Fusion and Redlands FC were too far away.
     
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  11. ThePonchat

    ThePonchat Member+

    #ProRelForUSA
    United States
    Jan 10, 2013
    I've Been Everywhere Man
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    At one point there were around 8-12 MLS academies in UPSL. Of course they are going to be more quality.

    Have you seen the turnover rate in UPSL? That high of rate isn’t great — not for quality and not for legitimacy. I know clubs that entered and played 1-2 games before dropping out.

    I also know some MLS academies are stepping away from UPSL, and rightfully so. One I saw was up 15-0 at halftime one game.

    In the end, PLAYING is the most important aspect. Go where you can play. People want to prop a league over another, but it doesn’t matter if the player isn’t playing. Sure, training is good, and training at a high level is great, but players still need match experience in the “offseason.”
     
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  12. Benny Dargle

    Benny Dargle Member+

    Jul 23, 2008
    LA
    I definitely agree with the last point. Every year I see players hook up with a summer team and get very little playing time on those teams.
     

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