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USA 2nd Division Set

The USL and breakaway NASL have reached agreement on the formation of a second-division league. The deal, brokered by the U.S. Soccer Federation, is for the 2010 season only and the sides will work with the USSF toward a long-term solution to issues that arose when several USL clubs formed a new league this past fall.

As part of the agreement, all pending legal claims will be dropped. The new league will have two six-team conferences: USL and NASL.

USL: Austin, Minnesota, Portland, Puerto Rico, Rochester, Tampa Bay.
NASL: Baltimore, Carolina, Miami, Montreal, St. Louis, Vancover.

Further details, including an inter-conference schedule and TV rights, are still being finalized. Clubs will play between 28 and 34 matches. Atlanta and New York might join the second-division set-up in 2011.

"Everyone was willing to compromise," USSF President Sunil Gulati said.

By Steve Goff  |  January 7, 2010; 2:44 PM ET
Categories:  USL , USSF  
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Glad they worked out a compromise, but it seems a little clumsy. Anyway, it will be nice to have CPBaltimore playing a level up and possibly on TV every now and then.

Posted by: Eric_in_Baltimore | January 7, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

So, I guess it wasn't geographical...other than they all see to be above the equator...

Posted by: JkR- | January 7, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Cronin will be available (on loan) to DCU because Portland won't have a league to play in next year.

Posted by: timmy6

Ooops. Looks like Cronin's out.

With a healthy defense, Josh Wicks can win a game.....and loose a game ...for DCU. Hopefully Milos Kocic gained enough experience last year to fill in when needed. Glad to see there will be a 2nd Division this season.

Posted by: timmy6 | January 7, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Actually, this could be good. As long as they follow the same rules (which I think will take a while to sort out) this should boost competition. We'll see.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | January 7, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse


will this be called the NRFL in a few years?

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | January 7, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

So as part of this Charleston goes to USL-2 and Cleveland folds? I guess this "saves" the USOC, but I'm not sure what else it does long term.

Posted by: griffin1108 | January 7, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the south failed. No Charleston, no Atlanta.

Posted by: Reignking | January 7, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

griffin, the Battery self relegated a couple months ago.

Posted by: DadRyan | January 7, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DCM_ | January 7, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Actually a couple of weeks earlier than December 2nd, but you get the idea if you go to the link.

Posted by: DCM_ | January 7, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Random question out there to other Insiders.

Before I go out and sign up for EvertonTV or ArsenalTV in the chance that Landon plays this weekend - can I see this game anywhere else given that it looks like Setanta USA is out of the Barclays Premier League business?

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | January 7, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I am sure there will be a feed online for the Everton/Arsenal or should have it...

The Miami FC/ Puerto Rico matches have been good ones in the past, hopefully they will allow some kind of inter league play...

Posted by: alan19 | January 7, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Will the All-Star game determine which conference winner has home field advantage for the championship match? What's the soccer equivalent of the designated hitter, and which conference will have it?

Posted by: Miles_Standish_Proud | January 7, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Darn it darn it darn it.

I was gonna be able to afford Silverbacks season tickets this year.

Oh well,

71 days til Charleston, and 70 til the Coffee Pot Cup is retained!

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | January 7, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Arsenal America is saying the Everton match is tentatively scheduled for 9am on Setanta USA. The Setanta schedule does not show this game. Is the Setanta schedule out of date, or is Arsenal America wrong?

Posted by: Wiggan | January 7, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

@VirginiaBlueBlood- usually has it, plus I don't think EvertonTV streams games live.

Posted by: spikeman | January 7, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

For those of you wondering what Donovans kit number will be:

Quite an honor to be given the 9.

Posted by: spikeman | January 7, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Note that a number of the common streaming providers are using Setanta US feeds. If it's not there, and I see a few dodgy reasons on some blogs to indicate it's not, you'll need to go to a higher level of streaming capability (Other than ATDHE, which is simple and functional)

Posted by: JkR- | January 7, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I should amend that to say, I have no idea what streams will be available, but that the number will probably be reduced.

My previous post is a mess.

Posted by: JkR- | January 7, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

What's the soccer equivalent of the designated hitter,

Dema Kovalenko

Posted by: OWNTF | January 7, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

What's the soccer equivalent of the designated hitter,
===========Dema Kovalenko,

Hristo Stoichkov

Posted by: delantero | January 7, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

That black and pink Everton away shirt is far fresher than those home kits. No homo. Wouldn't be caught dead in a Donovan Galaxy jersey, but one of those...

Posted by: DadRyan | January 7, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

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