I believe I have stressed this before in either this thread or in the USL section, but still what's a problem for the USL and the Divisions of 2nd & 3rd in US Soccer is also a problem for the US Open Cup if Clubs in the A-League & Pro Soccer League either shut down operations or move as far down as fourth division in the PDL. As it looks for the A-League in 2005 Syracuse Salty Dogs are done, but on the A-League website there are rumors that they will return in 2006. Ajax Orlando will have an A-League club once there is an official word from the city of Orlando to help build that stadium(we Metro Supporters know what you are going thru as there has been too much red tape delaying our stadium groundbreaking date). Also there is new rumors or fact that Milwaukee Wave United is either moving down to Division III or shutting down. News of this is in the other thread called "8 American teams remaining in A-League" Once again this is the US Open Cup none of the Canadian clubs in the A-League and PDL as well as the Puerto Rican A-League club donesn't count for Qualifying. 2nd Division A-League clubs = 8 or 9 3rd Division PSL Clubs = 12 4th Division PDL Clubs = 51 There is something terrible wrong here slowly but surely the A-League is reducing their numbers. Several of these former A-League sides have either removed themselves to either Divison 3 or 4 or completly shut down. This is disturbing to me because if there is a problem the USL along with MLS & US Soccer has to come up with a solution to solve this. Also for those who dream of promotion/relagation and making the US Open Cup exactly into the FA Cup in England, here in the US, well it's not going to happen if the A-League and PSL clubs keep falling or folding. What can be done? I wish I had the answers. The USL offices are in Tampa, Florida.