TOA League Adds Tampa and Baltimore

TOA League Adds Tampa and Baltimore

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 20, 2009
  • 14 Comments
  • Crystal Palace Baltimore, TOA League

Just when we were beginning to wonder if this TOA league would really get off the ground with just seven clubs they go and add two more. Yup, now they are up to nine as Inside Minnesota Soccer has learned they have snatched two prime USL teams away with Tampa Bay rejoining the group and now a new addition in Crystal Palace Baltimore.

The Tampa and Baltimore will  join the owners of the Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina Railhawks, Miami FC, Minnesota Thunder, Montreal Impact, St. Louis Soccer United and Vancouver Whitecaps in this new venture.

The name of the new league is expected to come down next week. One hot rumor is it could be called the NASL. Yes the same name as the old league that failed back in the 1980s. Yes Miami FC is the group that has gone out and reportedly gotten the trademarks on NASL. Big Kudos to USLNews.com for digging up that dirt.

Well what do we make of this news? Getting Tampa back was huge for the TOA but adding a solid group in Crystal Palace Baltimore really helps their cause out in a big way. Not only does it bring a good owner to the mix but it puts them to the nine team mark. Nine is a good number in case say the Minnesota Thunder don’t get their act together financially.

As for the news of this league possibly being called the NASL, I just don’t buy it. While I have a feeling it could end up this way with this recent news I just don’t see a way that people will take this new version serious after the old one died off back in the 80s. Should they want a league name that isn’t associated with failure and collapse? I dunno that is just me maybe more people like the idea of that name returning.

  • ACC

    so effing juicy! and I don't even follow the USL

  • ACC

    so effing juicy! and I don't even follow the USL

  • evan eleven

    let's have us some INSTANT REPLAY REFEREEING in this new NASL 2.0…

  • evan eleven

    let's have us some INSTANT REPLAY REFEREEING in this new NASL 2.0…

  • SDM

    The USL just released a note on their website saying Tampa and Baltimore are contractually obligated to play in USL-1 next year, and that they are going nowhere. To be continued.

  • SDM

    The USL just released a note on their website saying Tampa and Baltimore are contractually obligated to play in USL-1 next year, and that they are going nowhere. To be continued.

  • Robert

    My follow up comment to the USL's threat of legal issues. "Whatever" Losing sucks man.

  • Robert

    My follow up comment to the USL's threat of legal issues.

    "Whatever"

    Losing sucks man.

  • Mitch

    Crystal Palace Baltimore??? You are having a laugh surely. What next Accrington Stanley Cleveland and Leyton Orient Millwaukee. Give me strength!

  • Mitch

    Crystal Palace Baltimore??? You are having a laugh surely. What next Accrington Stanley Cleveland and Leyton Orient Millwaukee. Give me strength!

  • MK_Dons_Hartford

    Mitch, cp-usa has been around in usl2 for a couple years and they are a pretty solid franchise, in the process of getting a soccer specific stadium, and its a better name than Burnleys PDL team, the Cary Clarets.

  • MK_Dons_Hartford

    Mitch, cp-usa has been around in usl2 for a couple years and they are a pretty solid franchise, in the process of getting a soccer specific stadium, and its a better name than Burnleys PDL team, the Cary Clarets.

  • paul

    I really don't think this TOA thing is going to happen. They have four months to figure out a whole new league, teams, schedules etc. I think Vancouver and Montreal will stay in USL for the 2010 season. Feel free to have Miami, they draw almost a thousand people to their games, oh my! The TOA is more hype than substance.

  • I really don't think this TOA thing is going to happen. They have four months to figure out a whole new league, teams, schedules etc. I think Vancouver and Montreal will stay in USL for the 2010 season. Feel free to have Miami, they draw almost a thousand people to their games, oh my! The TOA is more hype than substance.