MLS, NASL closer to working partnership
If you’re an MLS fan, you probably have some casual knowledge of the second-division NASL.
You know there are eight teams in major and midsize markets, some that were absorbed from the USL, like the Puerto Rico Islanders and Carolina RailHawks. You probably know some took on names from the past, like the Tampa Bay Rowdies, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and, next year, the New York Cosmos.
You may even know the remarkable story of the first-year San Antonio Scorpions, who have been nearly filling an 11,000-seat football stadium while they build a soccer-specific stadium of their own, and finished with the best record in the league thanks to a roster full of familiar names like Ryan Cochrane, Jeff Cunningham, Kevin Harmse and 2012 Golden Boot winner Pablo Campos.
There’s a lot going on in the level just below MLS, from continuing expansion that continues in Ottawa and with the Cosmos, to an ambitious plan to shift to a split schedule in 2013 that mirrors Latin America’s Apertura/Clausura set-up.