- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On September 1, 2009
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- Evening Links and Thoughts, USL
While Major League Soccer is enjoying a slower week in terms of news and even games (yeah only three this weekend) due to the World Cup qualifying going on, the USL keeps rolling in the news.
I just caught wind of another release via SoccerNet that goes into more details about how some clubs could be splitting from the USL and it’s new ownership after this year. Now we discussed last night how owners in the USL first division were looking at their options and according to one, starting a new league could be that option.
Selby Wellman, owner of the Carolina Railhawks and spokesman for the eight teams, said a breakaway league was on the agenda.
“It is certainly one of the options,” he told Reuters in an interview. “We are clearly at odds with USL, we have been at odds with them for two years over the fact that we are the only league in the world that doesn’t have (team) owners controlling it,” he added.
Selby said the teams, which also include franchises in Montreal and Vancouver in Canada and Tampa Bay and St.Louis, would be open to a compromise with the USL but that he was not optimistic common ground could be found.
“I have to be honest and say that my expectations of it are quite low — if you just bought a league for that money and put it in Nike’s pockets you are probably unwilling to turn it over to other people.
“We have been at this for two years..we are not willing to start all over again and drag it out for another year or so. Quite frankly we are tired.”
Also yesterday the USL announced a new structure for their front office organization. CEO Terry Holt commented on the owners saying “we’ve seen the announcement, which contains several incorrect statements but we don’t want to comment right now.”
Holt also added that they were looking several things and didn’t want to get caught up in a war of words.
In a way this sounds worse than what we could see out of the MLS Players Union later this fall when they go into CBA negotiations.
One of the bigger reasons for the owners concern is the constant coming and going of clubs in the first division (and probably other divisions as well). Teams are closing doors after a season or two or in the case of a couple are getting bumped up into MLS.
What could be more interesting is what happens to the lower leagues because of all of this, not just the first division clubs. Though those that could leave the first division and start their own league could face a huge up hill battle. Things need to get patched up quickly because I believe heading down a road like that could really doom those clubs that are thinking of leaving the USL. More from the Moor-Ihemelu Trade:
Apparently Dallas gave up “a considerable amount of allocation” to get Ugo Ihemelu in exchange for Drew Moor. As someone that sees a lot of Dallas this trade continues to show that Schellas Hyndman is working hard on getting his kind of guys in uniform here in the Big D. Ugo is an ex-SMU player for Hyndman so there you have it. But from what I’ve gathered the last day and a half, Dallas had a lot of allocation to work with so what may seem like a lot probably wasn’t too much at all. My bet it was enough to make up the salary cap difference between the two players.
Speaking of Hyndman, here is a fun look at all the moves he’s made thus far in his year and half time with Dallas. Captain Obvious over at 3rd Degree has some interesting thoughts about certain moves that Hyndman has made. The non-Schellas section is where it gets really interesting. I can see this winter a lot of moves taking place with guys in that section. Especially some of the young guys that should be getting PT that aren’t under Hyndman.