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,…

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…

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…

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…