USL Gets Facelift in Orange County

Since being eliminated from the USL playoffs in October, the franchise in Orange County embarked on a new season, a season of change. First came the announcement that the club had been purchased by Southern California businessman James Keston, who also serves as President. Then came the affiliation with MLS’s LAFC. Next was the appointment of…

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,…

USL Announces 2017 Conference Alignment

A sign that the dust is beginning to settle after USSF elected to provisionally sanction the USL as a D2 professional league in 2017 is the official announcement of the USL conference alignment for the upcoming season. The league will comprise 30 teams, split equally between Eastern and Western Conferences. The Mississippi River will essentially serve as…

Total Attendance Only Part of Top USL Story

During the final days of 2016, the USL published a series of posts on its site to revisit the top stories of the year from around the league. With many narratives worthy of the spotlight, the USL selected the substantial increase in overall attendance as its top story of the year. Nearly 1.5 million fans paid…

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…

FC Cincinnati on the Mark Versus Saint Louis FC

FC Cincinnati hosted Saint Louis FC in an inter-conference match at Nippert Stadium on Monday afternoon with playoff implications for both teams. Saint Louis hoped to play its way back into the USL West playoff race, but a pair of goals by Cincinnati’s Sean Okoli was too much for the visitors to overcome. Okoli’s brace included a…

USL Discipline Report: Week 21

USL News Release, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 TAMPA, Fla. – The following is the USL’s discipline report for Week 21 of the 2016 season: Eight players and an assistant coach have been suspended and fined an undisclosed amount for their actions this past week. Five players received their fifth cautions of the season, leading to…

USL Expansion Fees Trending Up

The cost of entering the professional ranks of soccer in the United States is on the rise. Recent reports suggest that expansion fees for new MLS franchises could balloon to a staggering $200 million. The top division is not the only stratum in the American soccer hierarchy to increase its cost for entry. A knowledgeable source within…

Richmond Kickers & FC Cincinnati to Finish Season Series

The Richmond Kickers host FC Cincinnati at City Stadium at 7:00 PM EST on Saturday. It is the biggest game in the USL Eastern Conference this weekend. FC Cincinnati enters the weekend in third place with 41 points through 21 games. The fourth-place Kickers trail Cincinnati by only 3 points. The winner will strengthen its…