Category: USL Soccer League

Glavin, Hanlon & Toniase To Work USL Men’s Showcase

Tony Glavin, St Louis Lions
Tony Glavin, St Louis Lions
TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced the six coaches participating at the 2010 USL Men’s Showcase being held in Charleston, SC at Blackbaud Stadium February 4-6. Managing the professional prospects will be Premier Development League coaches Paul Baber, Dave Dixon, Tony Glavin, Chris Hanlon, Mark Spooner and Armen Toniase.

“We are thrilled to have these six coaches actively involved in presenting the talented players at the USL Men’s Showcase,” said PDL Director of Operations Lee Cohen. “As PDL coaches, they will have a good working knowledge of many of the players’ best abilities and will be able to provide insight into how to present themselves on the field as well as accentuate their best attributes during the event. As USL PDL coaches, they spend every day working on creating an environment that will help develop players and send them to the next level, and the USL Men’s Showcase is an extension of those efforts.”

Returning from last year’s USL Men’s Showcase as coaches are Tony Glavin of the St Louis Lions and the Springfield Demize duo of Chris Hanlon and Armen Toniase.

“This year’s mix of coaches will be great for the event,” added Cohen. “Having three coaches familiar with the event will help everyone in their preparations, while having three fresh faces will provide new philosophies and ideas.”

There are 90 players included in the USL Showcase invitees, 10 of whom have played in the Heartland Conference for either Des Moines, Kansas City or St Louis. ecort service

Game On for AC St Louis As NASL/USL Come To Terms

AC st louisPRESS RELEASE CHICAGO (Jan. 7, 2009) – The U.S. Soccer Federation, United Soccer Leagues (USL) and the North American Soccer League (NASL) have come to an agreement on the formation and operation of a Division 2 professional soccer league for the 2010 season. Under the agreement, U.S. Soccer will oversee the league for the 2010 season, working with both the USL and NASL on the day-to-day league activities.

The agreement pertains only to the 2010 season, and during the next year U.S. Soccer will continue to work with USL and NASL to build a long-term solution for the future. U.S. Soccer will also be developing new standards to govern Division 2 professional league applicants to ensure the long term viability and sustainability of the leagues and teams.

“We are extremely pleased that we were able to come to a solution that ensures we will have Division 2 professional soccer in the United States in 2010,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “This agreement allows us to continue to develop the professional game in many important markets around the country, while at the same time working towards the long-term stability of Division 2 professional soccer. I’d like to thank the representatives from both the USL and NASL for the time spent during our negotiations, especially their efforts in the past seven days.”

The league will consist of two six-team conferences – the USL Conference and the NASL Conference. The USL Conference will include teams from Austin, Minnesota, Portland, Puerto Rico, Rochester and Tampa Bay. The NASL Conference will consist of teams from Baltimore, Carolina, Miami, Montreal, St. Louis and Vancouver.

In the near future, U.S. Soccer will announce details of the new league, including league rules, a match schedule, television rights and other important operational issues.

As part of the agreement, all pending claims between the USL and NASL will be dropped.

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New Professional League Being Formed To Replace USL-1

USL_at-a-crossroads
USL_at-a-crossroads
From the Inside Minnesota Soccer website, which has been breaking this story from the beginning, comes word that the Members of the Team Owners Association, TOA, have just released a press statement making their plans public with the decision to move forward with a new division 2 league in North America.

OWNERS OF PROFESSIONAL SOCCER TEAMS IN ATLANTA, CAROLINA, MIAMI, MINNESOTA, MONTREAL, ST. LOUIS AND VANCOUVER FORM NEW PRO SOCCER LEAGUE TO BEGIN PLAY IN 2010

Nov. 10, 2009 – The owners of the Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, Miami FC, Minnesota Thunder, Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps, formerly of USL-1, together with St. Louis Soccer United today announced that they have formed a new professional soccer league to play in the United States and Canada beginning in April 2010.

The team owners yesterday submitted an application for sanctioning of the new league as a Division II Men’s Outdoor Professional League by the United States Soccer Federation. An application for sanctioning as a Division I League will be submitted to the Canadian Soccer Association shortly and applications to other sanctioning bodies in the region will be submitted as needed.

Click on the link for the full details and for a three part series by the Inside MN Soccer website on the issues that led to this decision.

The League includes St Louis, as noted above.

Jeff Cooper, the principal owner of St. Louis Soccer United and spokesperson for the new league, said team owners have commenced a search for a league commissioner and are actively finalizing other details, including a name for the league and its sales and marking plans. The league intends to launch an extensive marketing campaign in the coming months, Cooper said.

In addition, Cooper said the team owners are in active conversations with several teams and organizations throughout the world which have expressed interest in joining the new league.

“This will be a league that will offer the best of both worlds – outstanding experience and leadership at the ownership level combined with the promise and ability to chart our own course for success as a new league,” Cooper said. “It’s this structure that motivated me to bring St. Louis into the new league, and why I believe the new league will have a lot of success at launch next year and well into the future.”

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What’s Happening in Major League Soccer

MLSlogoHaven’t had much to report regarding Major League Soccer recently, primarily due to the lack of positive results in Kansas City. Mama taught me that if you don’t have something good to say, then shut up. Or something along those lines…

Regarding the Wizards, this is a pretty strong message from a major supporter, Down The Byline

Since scoring 3 goals in the first half against New England back on June 13th, the Wizards have scored 1 goal in the next 13 halves of soccer.

Soccer by Ives has the Wizards at 13th in the 15 team league although they’ll probably fall to 14th after losing to current #14 San Jose Earthquakes

The team at the bottom of the pile is Red Bull NY. You know their manager just resigned right? There are also rumors that Barcelona might be interested, the best answers offered on what will happen in the future come from GM Erik Stover who did a recent Q&A with Soccer by Ives.

Looking at some positive news, one of my new favorite soccer sites is Pitch Invasion. They did a recent story on building a soccer culture in America, using Seattle and Portland as recent examples.

Closer to home, the St Louis Soccer United group has been surprisingly quiet this summer. Part of that can be attributed to their efforts with the Athletica squad that played in the WPS. The one interesting bit of news that came out was a group that is proposing a soccer complex in Richmond Heights. Jeff Cooper has been quoted that they are not part of his effort to lure an MLS team to the St Louis metropolitan area.

Looking at the bigger picture here is Don Garber’s recent State of the League comments as well as Yank’s Abroad’s recent editorial on their concerns related to MLS and the marketing approach being taken in a story titled A Troubling Disconnect

Like everyone who wants to see MLS do well because of its vital role in the development of the American game, I am still trying to avoid coming to the conclusion that the level of play in MLS is a total embarrassment, and I’m still not quite there. About half the time I tune in, I see what could be described as an entertaining match with decent tactics and play.

Finally, Pitch Invasion takes a look at the possibility of the United Soccer League, home of the PDL and teams that include the Springfield Demize, becoming a part of Major League Soccer. It’s not necessarily a positive thing.

OK, that’s it for my ride around the world of American soccer, time to concentrate on Liverpool vs Aston Villa on ESPN2. W00t!
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Cody Reinberg Headed To Playoffs With Harrisburg City Islanders

Drury Panthers, Cody Reinberg
Drury Panthers, Cody Reinberg
Former Drury standout Cody Reinberg is featured in the Patriot News

When Cody Reinberg arrived at preseason training camp in mid-March, he was no different than any of the other first-year players the Harrisburg City Islanders have thoroughly checked out during their tremendously efficient six-year run in the USL Second Division.

Reinberg wanted minutes.

And he wanted to crack the starting lineup immediately.

Once the 24-year-old defender started competing against some of the veterans and other rookies Bill Becher and Steve Widdowson were evaluating, Reinberg decided that just making the opening-night roster and earning a contract were significant achievements all by themselves.

Cody’s played in 15 games, starting 9. Harrisburg plays Richmond on August 22nd with the winner going to the Title game on August 29th.

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