- Oct 31, 2014
I think this is great because USL-pro is more interested in working with MLS than NASL who want to be D1.
USL PRO to Apply for Division 2 Status with USSF
United Soccer Leagues (USL) just concluded their Annual General Meetings in Clearwater Beach, FL this week. Usually, the biggest news to come out of the AGM is the general format of the schedules. Well, Reckless Challenge has learned those details, but that news will be delayed in favor of news that could change the landscape of soccer in America. Multiple sources have confirmed that USL PRO plans to submit an application to USSF for Division 2 status in 2017.
It’s long been speculated that USL PRO would try to achieve D2 status in the future. The nascent partnership with MLS made it seem inevitable. Reports coming out the USL AGM now make it a certainty.
What is less certain is whether or not the league will meet the requirements to make the leap from D3 to D2. The current rules governing division recognition were rewritten this year. A presentation at the USL AGM demonstrated that the league could satisfy about 85% of the current requirements with the clubs, ownership groups, and facilities in place today. One of the shortfalls that USL PRO would have to overcome is the net-worth of a few ownership groups.
Reckless Challenge, however, has also learned that the criteria for being sanctioned are likely to change by 2017. It remains to be seen whether the changes will enhance or diminish the chances of USL PRO to be officially recognized as a D2 professional league.
This news has big implications for the future of soccer in the United States. Specifically, what does this mean for NASL, the league that has already achieved D2 status? Could this foreshadow the beginning of an actual pyramid in the US?
This initial news is likely to generate mountains of questions from soccer fans across the country. Certainly, more details about USL PRO’s plans will surface in weeks to come. Reckless Challenge will do everything possible to bring you those answers, along with our viewpoint.