First, on Thursday, after some rumors that MLS had considered buying USL, an organization called NuRock Soccer Holdings (running a PDL team) buys USL from Nike.
Possible initial fallout includes...
http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/socce ... 05322.html
Then boom goes the dynamite.
http://railhawksreport.blogspot.com/200 ... -sale.html
Forms of the "TOA" announcement end up on the websites of most of the potential rebels. Duly note that there's a "large market v small market" theme to the rebellion.
The sale proves something of a "the more things change, the more they stay the same" character. http://www.uslsoccer.com/home/361241.html
Very interesting blog speculation...
http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com/us ... power/5832
More stuff from the Carolina owner... http://www.indyweekblogs.com/sports/200 ... ew-league/
So, put it this way.
Tight-posteriored league poobahs vs delusional owners. Any winners? History says no. Opportunities? Probably, but not as much as we think. Burning question: if Vancouver is involved with the TOA, where are they putting their team after the Whitecaps go MLS, will it be WEST of Vancouver coughvictoriacough, and will the other owners in TOA approve the extra travel?
Either an exciting negotiation, or one fine mess.
The Team Owners Association announced their intent to form, wouldn't you know it... the North American Soccer League. Sounds familiar.
The intention to form coincided with a declaration that they have filed sanctioning papers with US Soccer. US Soccer must approve the application to give the league legitimacy. This has not happened yet, though the process has been in play only so long.
Things really took hold when Tampa Bay Rowdies and Crystal Palace Baltimore, both teams slated to join USL-1 next year, flipped and decided to join NASL. This was announced the Friday prior to Thanksgiving.
Just today, Rochester declared that they've switched to NASL.
Many think that, with these three teams flipped, that the NASL has received their sanction, otherwise these jumps would not have happened. Obviously, nothing has been announced yet.
Others are spreading rumors that USSF is declining to sanction the new league. On what basis, well, we have none for now. One thing to note- Nike sold the league to NuRock, and they also sponsor US Soccer.
The whisper I've heard (Portland FO, second hand, trusty source) says that all will be resolved one way or another in the next couple weeks.
Or, in the case of the supposed FC New York, fade away altogether. That's another story. They've shown no signs of life since announcing their intent to join USL-1 back in April.
Your players are blacklisted from playing for any national team. (Even USL has players who have come out and eventually made USA, AND there are nationals in other countries playing in USL)
Simply stated, it would be a disaster for a league that says it wants to spend a little more money on players.
Actually - could you make the MLS All-star kits? I would like to see if I could make an All-Star game in the season?