Almost every team in Major League Soccer, the United Soccer League and the North American Soccer League has played at least one home game1, so let's take a look at how each of our three pro men's leagues are doing at the turnstiles2. First, the numbers for MLS, the USL and the NASL and then, after the jump, a few notes.
Didier Drogba has signed on for United Soccer League (USL) side Phoenix Rising as both a player and a co-owner.
Phoenix have just begun their fourth season in the USL, the second tier of the US league system, but are currently bidding against 12 other clubs for one of two available MLS franchise expansion berths.
Having spent two years working hard to win promotion from division three status, less than three months after succeeding has the league announced its new D3 entity in a complex gambit to absorb the remnants of NASL?
* As I will be on vacation next week with limited access to my computer/programs, there will not be a new forecast next week. I will run it for over-time-graph purposes, but the next published forecast will be on the 29th. Below are the updated season forecasts using data [...]
Thedeadline for MLS expansion applications is fast approaching, and Phoenix has come out ofnowhere to thrust itself into the conversation.
USL club Phoenix Rising announced on Thursday that it plans to submit the necessary paperwork that MLS has requested fromowners looking to land afirst-divisionfranchise during the next round of expansion.
Herculez Gomez just won an MLS Cup crown, and he is riding off into the sunset withit.
ESPN announced on Tuesday afternoon that Gomez has joined its team as a soccer analyst and has retired from professional soccer. The 34-year-old forward's decision to hang up his cleats in order to be in the studio for English and Spanish-language programscomes after he helped the Seattle Sounders win their first MLS Cup last month.
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.
Now that all the leagues of consequence on these shores have completed their regular seasons (and only two, MLS and the NASL, are still to crown champions), here's a combined list of the 83 North American outdoor soccer clubs for which I have any attendance data for the 2016 season.
Some information (especially at the very low levels) is incomplete.
Three weeks into the USL season, there are only a few teams fighting to hold on to perfect records. One of those teams is taking the league by storm after its arrival from the NASL in the offseason as the Tampa Bay Rowdies are one of six teams that enter the weekend with perfect records. Real Monarchs became the first team to hit nine points on Thursday night.
Given the Tampa Bay Rowdies desire for an MLS expansion slot, a big-name signing could be just what the doctor ordered to boost their bid.
The Rowdies announced on Wednesday that they have acquired Wolfsburg legend Marcel Schäfer from his long-time club. The signing should prove as a massive boost to the Rowdies, as the veteran Bundesliga winger brings huge experience in a top European flight to south Florida.
After a very successful opening weekend for the new second division league, Week 2 seeks to deliver further entertainment for the USL.
Saturday opens the slate with several compelling matches to watch. The Pittsburgh Riverhounds and FC Cincinnati clash in a regional rivalry match after the former tied in a shootout in week one with the New York Red Bulls II, who themselves will face the Richmond Kickers.
The Week 4 slate in the USL is highlighted by a top of the table clash in the Eastern Conference. It'll be second against third in Louisville on Saturday, when the Tampa Bay Rowdies square off with Louisville City.
Saint Louis FC, the top team in the East, faces a difficult road trip in Cincinnati, while the top side in the Western Conference, Real Monarchs, makes a trip of their own in Week 4.
Another USL team is getting a soccer-specific stadium as the league continues its push for permanent Division 2 status.
Louisville City FC has announced the location of its new soccer-specific stadium and has released several renderings of the anticipated finished product. The stadium will have a capacity of 10,000 and will be developed in the Butchertown neighborhood of Louisville and is expected to open in 2020.
After 26 combined matches, a member of the Philadelphia Union organization has earned a win. Bethlehem Steel FC took three points from Cincinatti. With the result, one player stood out to earn PSP's player of the week.
The USL's strangehold on the lower divisions of American soccer is about to get a bit stronger. The league that earned second-division status alongside the NASL this offseason is planning to announce a Division 3 competition for the 2019 season, perSports Illustrated.
Although it may seem like a lot of work for the USL to gain traction with new ownership groups in markets across North America for a Division 3 league, it appears the league is confident it can gain enough interest to set up a third-tier league in two years time.
OKC Energy FC is Oklahoma City's sole professional soccer team following the dissolution of Rayo Vallecano-owned Rayo OKC at the end of last year. The USL team will wear kits from Under Armour for their 2017 league and US Open Cup seasons. As such they are UA's sole professional club sponsorship in North America so [.
Now in their third year of existence, United Soccer Leagues (USL) outfitCharlotte Independence unveiled their 2017 adidas home and away kits earlier this week. The second division affiliate of MLS' Colorado Rapids, Charlotte will don a blue home jersey featuring gold and white stripes on its front for their 2017 league and US Open Cup [.
Among the applicants to become Major League Soccer's 25th or 26th franchise, Phoenix Rising Football Club will campaign in the United Soccer League (USL) during the 2017 season. Rebranded from Arizona United SC to Phoenix Rising FC last November, the club has unveiled its 2017 home and away kits from Umbro USA.
Red Bulls II emerged as the USL's best team during the regular season, and on Sunday, they cemented their spot as USL champions.
Led by a Brandon Allen hat-trick, Red Bulls II toppled Swope Park Rangers, 5-1, at Red Bull Arena in Sunday's USL final. The win sees Red Bulls II end the season on a14-game unbeaten streak to secure the championship trophy in the club's secondseason.
While the city of Las Vegas did not submit an official bid for MLS expansion, despite rumors, professional soccer may be coming to the city in the very near future anyway via the USL.
City officials will meet with the owners of Las Vegas Soccer, LLC., led by former Orlando City COO Brett Lashbrook, to engage in negotiations regarding the use of Cashman Field for a USL expansion team set to begin play in 2018, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The ever-chaotic world of lower-level American soccer took another ride on the roller coaster last night when the United States Soccer Federation provisionally sanctioned both the United Soccer League and the North American Soccer League as Division II leagues for 2017.
With both leagues aiming to meet the standards for DII and both falling short in a number of metrics, the compromise means the USL and NASL will spend the year ahead vying for USSF's affections, hoping to become the one and only second-flight league in the country1.
The United Soccer League is already a week into its playoffs, but I have just now been able to track down all the missing digits from the 2016 season to post the final totals.
Overall, the league showed a tiny 2.1 percent increase in average announced attendance from 2015 to 20161, even though 13 of the 23 returning teams actually saw average attendance decreases year-to-year.