- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 11, 2010
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- Atlanta Silverbacks, NASL
Last winter it was all USL v. NASL. It looks like the drama of that is now turning into the drama of how the NASL can become a Division II league under the USSF soccer pyramid. The NASL released a press statement this morning stating they have submitted to the USSF their final bid for sanctioning of Division II.
With the USL taking a backseat to the whole D-2 thing now days with their USL-Pro league that they are forming, the NASL is the sole group of teams that hope to keep the D-2 level alive and kicking (no pun intended).
Per the guidelines for sanctioning, the application needed eight teams; six were certain prior to the NASL’s annual general meeting, with two surprises. We knew for certain about those six teams (Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, FC Tampa Bay, Montreal Impact, Miami FC Blues, and the Puerto Rico Islanders) but the two surprises announced today were the rebirth of the Atlanta Silverbacks and the NSC Minnesota Stars who are run by a non-profit group that are still looking for investors.
The application also includes San Antonio (which will commence play in 2012) and an additional team to be announced (which will commence play in 2013). The group hopes to get sanctioning later this month.
Yes the whole Atlanta and Minnesota thing is causing some heads to spin. We’ll probably know more about Minnesota once Brian Quarstad of Inside Minnesota Soccer finds out what the outlook for potential investors is at the moment.
But as for Atlanta, a club that hasn’t seen any action on the field since 2008 really makes you wonder how the hell the NASL is going to really rely on them considering their intentions to play in 2011 were basically wiped off the table earlier this summer. The Atlanta Soccer Blog wonders if MLS going full force after a New York club for their 20th franchise instead of Atlanta helps the Silverbacks case for a return in the NASL. Possibly.
As a soccer fan in American I have to hope this works out for the best though. With all the financial issues the D-2 leagues have had over the years, seeing a stable and productive D-2 and D-3 league will really go a long way in enhancing the play here in the country.