After the news of the agreement between Major League Soccer and the United Soccer League people started analyzing and wanting more details. As those slowly trickle out many are wandering just how beneficial the partnership will be for the entire U.S. Soccer pyramid. Social media has been buzzing over the agreement and questioning what will become of the N. For the U.S. Open Cup efforts will be made to separate MLS teams from their affiliates when possible. The reach of the USL allows the MLS to branch out beyond many of their current geographic boundaries. Still many question where the second tier NASL fits in as it has created a divide from USL and positioned itself to challenge the MLS in some way. MLSReserves profiles this thought saying the NASL looked into more traveling and competition while the USL wanted to focus on a regional approach. Reading the comments to Luke Lohr’s post will show you that some are thinking this agreement is the death of the NASL. Meanwhile, Futbol Focus says that this agreement missed a chance for true development of youth soccer players. It is a step that is meant to help with development and it shoud in many cases, but did they miss the mark? Let us know in the comments below.
For what it is worth, all USL Pro games will be streamed online at their website.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has stuck to his guns with his mantra of always striving for more and now the idea of it being 24/7is the new catch phrase. It really shouldn’t be a surprise that the coach is saying this. It is more of a surprise that he had to explain himself. Although, he did a great job of telling us just what he means when he always wants people to strive to be better. That is the type of message that can empower players.
Our friend Richard McGovern tweeted today that special centennial kits will drop on March 1. SoccerOverThere has a rumor of the design.
Meanwhile, over at OnTheFire.com they are talking collusion and it’s about Brek Shea. Shea was set to head to Stoke City for a long trial and, most likely, a new contract with Stoke. The MLS stepped in and wanted more money for the firey blonde despite FC Dallas seemingly agreeing to the fee of around $3 million. What do you think of the post? Do you believe in the single entity system?
As always we would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.