The Sale of an MLS Franchise Could Impact USL

The sale of Anschutz Entertainment Group’s majority stake in Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo has been a long time coming. Two years ago, a deal could not be reached between AEG and Leslie Alexander, owner of the Houston Rockets. Since that time, AEG has reportedly continued to seek a local investor to whom the franchise could…

City Islanders Union Dissolved

When the Philadelphia Union announced yesterday that the club would be launching an expansion side in USL to begin play in 2016, it was more than the beginning of a new franchise. It was also the beginning of the end of a relationship with the Harrisburg City Islanders. The formal affiliation between the Union and…

Creation of RGVFC Represents Next Step in USL Expansion Evolution

Last Wednesday, USL introduced Rio Grande Valley FC as the first official expansion team for the 2016 season. The 25th entrant into the fast-growing league is owned by Alex Cantu, owner of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA Development League. RGVFC will play its home matches at a 9,400-seat soccer specific stadium already under…

Manolo Sanchez Is Off and Running with Red Bulls

Manolo Sanchez is right where he wants to be at the moment, playing professional soccer for New York Red Bulls II in USL. He was signed to an MLS contract this preseason after being drafted by New York Red Bulls in the fourth round of the 2015 SuperDraft, but the 23-year-old attacking midfielder is content to…

Union Appear to Manipulate Suspension with Loan to City Islanders

What do you do if you’re an MLS franchise that wants to get minutes for a suspended player? If you’re the Philadelphia Union, you send him on loan to your USL affiliate during the suspension period. That’s what happened when Union midfielder Zach Pfeffer suited up for the Harrisburg City Islanders on Saturday. The move…