USL/TOA Update: Breakaway Option Looking More Likely

The USL-1 season has now concluded with Montreal’s championship series win over Vancouver.Both clubs involved in the finals are members of the TOA and both clubs owners were present for the meetings between the TOA, USL, MLS and USSF in New York, two weeks ago.

However, despite these face to face meetings, no breakthrough has occurred and a resolution to the fight between the TOA and USL is now more likely to involve a new league, sources confirm for us.

As was indicated on last week’s Match Fit USA show with host Jason Davis, several USL-2 teams are also dissatisfied with the way USL is being managed out of the Tampa offices. I can now safely report several PDL clubs, some very prominent in the landscape of American soccer are disaffected and are entertaining the possibility of leaving the USL structure.  These clubs would not automatically join a breakaway league run by the TOA but could instead head for the NPSL or perhaps even form a development league in association with MLS.

As Inside Minnesota Soccer has reported the USSF is likely to rule in favor of the three clubs (Minnesota, Carolina, Miami) whose player contracts were canceled by the league office via an email from Tim Holt.

NuRock Soccer Holdings, it is confirmed to us by multiple sources has a management plan for USL which does have some new wrinkles to the old operating procedures of the league. However, these changes we are told do not address the numerous, articulated concerns of the TOA.

More news as it becomes available, likely later this week.