Is this the perfect time for USSF to reorganize 'Division 2' and include a Promotion only tool?
There are new developments and transitions taking place in the minor leagues of pro soccer in the U.S. The NASL is in tumult and its complete demise may not be far away. Its rival, USL, appears ready to take over the mantle of 'Division 2', the highest level of pro soccer below MLS.
Ahead of its release on Monday, Deloitte's Sports Business Group's analysis on promotion and relegation in the U.S. was hyped by supporters of the philosophy as groundbreaking. In reality, the release inspired much more mixed feelings.
While confirming the theory that promotion and relegation is economically viable in the U.
Former Philadelphia Union midfielder Michael Lahoud wins the NASL Humanitarian Award
Michael Lahoud came to the Philadelphia Union in 2012 in part of the Danny Califf trade with Chivas USA, and would stay with the team until 2016 when he was loaned to the New York Cosmos in NASL. The loan was cut short and he was rumored to be coming back to the first team, only to find that he was being transferred to another NASL side, Miami FC.
The New York Cosmos recent struggles took another, potentially fatal, turn this weekend.
The Cosmos have reportedly ceased operations and released their players and staff, according to Big Apple Soccer. The team could be saved, however, as the Cosmos ownership have entered negotiations with a New York group for the purchase of the team, along with several million dollars in debt.
Belson Stadium might not have felt like home for the New York Cosmos at the beginning of Sunday night's match, but by the end of the 2016 NASL ChampionshipFinal the Cosmos had brought the winning feeling to their temporary home.
The Cosmos outlasted the Indy Eleven in a penalty shootout on Sunday night to claima second-straightNASL Championship.
While he may have only played a bit part in New York Cosmos' 4-0 trouncing of FC Miami over the weekend, midfielder Danny Szetela still emerged from the game with the most impressive stat of all: a 100% proposal conversion rate.
Indeed, immediately after the final whistle, Szetela took his girlfriend out onto the pitch and, with an assist from his cronies in the terraces, got down on one knee and popped the question.
Oguchi Onyewu remains without a club, but it remains unlikely that the former U.S. Men's National Team defender will be signing with the New York Cosmos following a recent training stint.
The 34-year-old defender recently trained with the Cosmos. However, a club spokesman told SBIthat Onyewu is being viewed as "just a guest", while adding that it is unlikely the team makes any more signings this season.
With most clubs only having six matches left in the Fall Season, the push for the playoffs is truly gainingits steam this weekend in the NASL.
Almost every single match this weekend has some type of playoff hunt ramification, as five clubs are currently separated by only four points from fourth place in the Combined Standings andthat glorious last spot in the postseason.
As the NASL playoff race began to heat up, so have some of the matches. In a midweek treat of four Wednesday night matches, Miami FC and the New York Cosmos got crucial victories, as the former remains the league leaders in both the Fall and Combined standings.
After a week of rumors concerning the future of clubs and the league itself, the NASL returns for a full weekend slate of heated matches.
While none of the top four in the Fall Season Standings are in danger of losing their spots this weekend, Minnesota United can reduce the gap fourthplace in the Fall Standingsbetween them and Indy Eleven to one point.
November has arrived, and with the cold weather and holiday outfits comes NASL's postseason.
While it took to the final weekend the cement the matchups for The Championship's head to head matchups, the semifinals look to be very intriguing. Home dominance takes on stingy defense in both Indianapolis and Long Island, where the home teams have beenunbeatable in 2016.
The final weekend of NASL regular seasonsaw one of the league's expansion side claim the final playoff spot, while one of the league's perennial contenders said farewell with a loss.
Minnesota United departedthe NASL and the playoff picture with their loss at home to the New York Cosmos, while Rayo OKC will play in the postseason in their inaugural season thanks to a win over Indy Eleven.
The Indy Eleven had been winless on the road in the fall season,but no longer.
The Eleven finally seized their first road victory of what's been a long fall season on Wednesday night, as they dispatched the Tampa Bay Rowdies, 3-2, at Al Lang Stadium and took back second place in the Fall and Combined standings.
As the Fall Season in the NASL begins to wind down, the scenariosand battles for playoff positions continue to grow.
There are six clubs fighting for the fourth spot in the Combined Standings, the last ticket into the postseason, who areonly separated by a margin of five points. One slip could break playoff hopes, whilea crucial kick could bring postseason glory.
The NASL is surrounded by uncertainty as the 2016 season winds to a close, but the league issued a statement Thursday night to respond to recent reports of a potential exodus.
Recent reports link several NASL clubs with moves away from the league. Minnesota United is certain to depart as the club heads to MLS, but the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Ottawa Fury FC, Rayo OKC and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers have all been linked with an NASL exit.
Troubling times could lie ahead for the NASL, as reports of multiple teams possibly preparing for exits could leave the league contracting severely or ceasing to exist entirely.
The departure of Minnesota United to MLS has been locked in for some time. The NASL was set to replace the teamthis season by adding the San Francisco Deltas as the league's first west coast competitors, but it appears that might not be enough with several other departures rumored to be gaining traction.
After months of uncertainity, the second and third divisions of the US soccer pyramid have yet more uncertainty. For the first time since 2010, the USL is again the second division of American soccer. After a forced joint season in 2010, the NASL has been the second division and the USL has been the third division.
One vs. two. The best of the best in the NASL will be on display on Sunday in the league's finale.
Both sides will enter the final match of 2016 already having won silverware this season; Indy Eleven won the Spring Season while the Cosmos won the Fall Season. New York will attempt to be the first club to win back to back Soccer Bowls in the NASL modern era while also collecting their third championship in four years.
What does a run of good form earn you as an interim manager? The removal of the 'interim' tag.
The Jacksonville Armada announced on Tuesdaythat Mark Lowry would become the team's full time manager after his strong nine-match performance since becoming interim manager on August 7th.The promotion continues a rapid ascendancy for Lowry, as he was appointed an assistant coach at the club in just September of last year before taking over after the firing of manager Tony Meola in August.