Apparently, USSF will make a judgment for 2018 based on how each league manages through 2017. They seek stabilization in the NASL... to which Jacksonville already has their owner stating he's trying to sell his franchise to the league (aka the other 7 owners). For the USL, they want several clubs to raise themselves to D-2 standards, mostly meaning a minimum 5,000-seat stadium and associated requirements.
So there's still 7 NASL owners plus the departing Jacksonville owner. The Cosmos were bailed out by Colombian Rocco Commisso, who offered to buy the team and play IF the league stayed D-2. FC Edmonton, Indy Eleven, Miami FC, North Carolina FC, Puerto Rico FC, and San Francisco Deltas flesh out the 8. Fort Lauderdale and Rayo OKC obviously have folded.
USL gets the Tampa Bay and Ottawa franchises from NASL, so will field 30 franchises (at least) in 2017. With the teams hopefully settled, alignment decisions can be made (either shifting Saint Louis back to the east or maybe three regional divisions).
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Then they should have put the top teams in the second division and the bottom teams in the third division, but again, anti-trust laws would kick in and some owner would get too butthurt.
Think about what would happen here in the US if we would have had a Rangers situation (top Scottish team goes into bankruptcy and then gets booted to the fourth division). Somebody would have gone ape $#!^.
But a merged NASL/USL, with the NASL label for the MLS hopefuls and larger-market teams as D2, and the USL label for the MLS reserves and smaller-market independents as D3... that is the best (and ultimately unreachable) result.