USL-1 Breakaway Update
As reported originally on Major League Soccer Talk and Inside Minnesota Soccer, the USL-1 Owners Association (TOA) difficulties with the USL leadership was long in developing and will take serious work to be solved.
Last week, Traffic Sports whose failed bid to buy the league was backed by the TOA, reserved ad space at the World Cup qualifier between the United States and Trinidad & Tobago to promote both Miami FC and the USL itself.
These ads were interpreted as a sign that the issues had been resolved. In fact, NuRock the new owners of USL have reached out to members of the TOA, but no resolution has been reached as of this writing.
As of now, three distinct options remain on the table for the TOA.
1- Continue playing in USL-1, but the league must make changes to its management structure.
2- Form a 8-12 team independent breakaway league
3- Form a league that makes an alliance with either Major League Soccer as a second division, or the NPSL as a top division.
Per multiple sources, all three options remain in play at this time, although logically options 1 or 2 are the most viable.