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USSF Second Division

Toronto Star, Thu. Jan. 7, 2010:

The Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps will have a league to play in this season.

The United States Soccer Federation approved the formation of a second division on Thursday, ending a dispute between the United Soccer League and rival North American Soccer League that threatened to leave the two Canadian teams — and a few others in the U.S. — without a league this year.

The NASL was formed last year by a group of team owners frustrated with the operation of the USL, which had been the second level of professional soccer in Canada and the U.S. after Major League Soccer.

The deal announced Thursday, which only covers the 2010 season, merges the two leagues.

It will have two six-team conferences — NASL and USL. Vancouver and Montreal will be in the NASL conference.

Vancouver joins MLS in 2011. Montreal wants a franchise too and is negotiating with MLS.

Toronto FC is the only Canadian team in MLS.

The Canadian Soccer Association threw its support behind the new league, saying in a news release it would work with it "to promote professional soccer in Canada."

The three Canadian teams will once again play for the national championship this year. Toronto FC won the 2009 championship.
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Division 2 pro league set for 2010
U.S. Soccer will oversee two-conference league

Thursday, January 7, 2010

CHICAGO, IL -- 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.


Austin Aztex
Minnesota TBA
Portland Timbers
Puerto Rico Islanders
Rochester Rhinos
Tampa Bay Rowdies


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AC St. Louis
Carolina RailHawks FC
Crystal Palace Baltimore
Miami FC

Montréal Impact
Vancouver Whitecaps


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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.

Plans for second-division teams in Atlanta, Edmonton, and New York were pushed back to at least 2011. Portland and Vancouver are slated to move up to Major League Soccer in 2011.

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2010 SCHEDULE
http://www.uslsoccer.com/docs/USSF-D...0-Schedule.pdf

In conjunction with the release of the schedule the USSF has also unveiled details of the playoff format for this season. The 12-team league, consisting of two conferences of six teams, has adopted the following format:

•The first place team (based on total points, at the conclusion of the regular season) in the USL Conference and NASL Conference will become the top two seeds in the playoffs.

•The next six (6) best teams, based on total points, will round out the playoff field.

•The four teams with the fewest total points in the regular season are excluded from the playoffs.

•Playoffs will begin during the week starting Monday, October 4.

•Quarterfinals will be a two-game, home-and-away series determined by total aggregate goals.

•Semifinal round will be a two-game, home-and-away series determined by total aggregate goals.

•Championship will be a two-game, home-and-away series determined by total aggregate goals.

•Exact dates for playoff games are TBD.

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Edmonton gets NASL team in 2011

Edmonton gets NASL team in 2011 FC Edmonton Announces Coaching Staff

EDMONTON, AB - Fath Sports Ltd. has joined the newly formed NASL as a founding member and will start play in the NASL in 2011. For the 2010 season, the NASL's nine teams, together with three teams (Austin Aztex, Portland Timbers and Puerto Rico Islanders) from the United Soccer Leagues, will play in a second division league established and administered by the United States Soccer Federation. In 2011, the NASL will be joined by FC Edmonton and a team in Atlanta. The NASL and its member teams are committed to building on their long tradition of providing a high level of soccer to fans across the United States and Canada in 2010 and beyond.

The Edmonton team is owned by Tom and Dave Fath of Fath Sports, a division of The Fath Group. Mel Kowalchuk is the General Manager of Fath Sports.
Tom, Dave and Mel were involved in the Edmonton Cup, the friendly between Everton and River Plate held at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium on July 25th last summer.

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