Columbus Crew Capture 2017 Carolina Challenge Cup

The Carolina Challenge Cup returned to MUSC Health Stadium in 2017 after a hiatus in 2016. The USL’s Charleston Battery hosted MLS sides Columbus Crew SC, Atlanta United FC, and Seattle Sounders FC in the preseason round-robin tournament. Columbus won the tournament on the strength of two wins and a draw. Intrepid Scratching the Pitch…

2017 MLS SuperDraft Should Provide Talent for USL

MLS conducted the first two rounds of its 2017 SuperDraft in Los Angeles on Friday, and the final two rounds will take place via teleconference on Tuesday. This means soccer fans across North America are getting their first introductions to players that will be filling out USL rosters next season. Yes, USL rosters. If 2017 resembles 2016,…

DC United Should Consider All Options for Potential USL Team

The MLS’s DC United have had a formal affiliation with the Richmond Kickers since 2013, allowing some of its players to gain professional playing experience in the USL. The current agreement is slated to run through next season, and it seems the official partnership might not extend beyond that. The Washington Post’s Steven Goff reported…

Rob Vincent to DC United (or Richmond Kickers?)

On Wednesday, D.C. United of Major League Soccer purchased Rob Vincent with an undisclosed permanent transfer fee from the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the United Soccer League. The attacking midfielder had been on trial with United since the beginning of the MLS preseason. He recently featured in the second half of D.C.’s 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union at Al Lang Stadium,…

TFC II’s Jason Bent Reflects on the 2015 USL Season

Toronto FC II head coach Jason Bent was fairly honest in his reflections of the team’s inaugural campaign. “Everything was quite new for us in terms of the level, the standards, the opposition, how our players would fit into that.” Bent conceded that the final scores in 2015 didn’t often favor TFC II but that…

Ekra Signed in Charlotte but Could Land in MLS

It was a busy off-season for Yann Ekra and George Varga, his representative at the Krahling Sports Agency. The midfielder spent the last four seasons with the Harrisburg City Islanders, notching 13 goals and 13 assists 95 regular season appearances. Ekra earned several USL honors along the way, and the 25-year-old garnered the attention of several USL clubs after…

The USL Show Episode 2: Instant Replay in USL

  Brendan, Josh, Kyle, and Chad survived the pilot and are back with the second episode of The USL Show. As crusty as Chad sounds, he really is a big fan of the USL and its relationship with MLS. The first topic of discussion is the potential use of instant replay in USL. Nothing is…

USL a Potential Test Bed for Instant Replay in 2016

While speaking to reporters at the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday, MLS Commissioner Don Garber commented on the potential use of instant replay in USL in 2016. Those statements came in the context of using instant replay in the third-division league as a precursor to developing a system of instant replay for MLS itself. “We are…