USL/TOA Situation Updates
No new reporting on my end, but a some interesting nuggets from other websites and newspapers.
The always irresistible Jeff DiVeronica, one of the best reporters that consistently covers USL, on the TOA and the Rochester Rhinos future.
DeVo always has good tidbits. While I often disagree with his opinions, his reporting on USL is second to none. I wish other USL markets had reporters as committed to covering the league as he is. Then again, he’s been covering USL since the mid 1990s.
Football in Miami and beyond reports Tampa Bay could still leave USL for the TOA
From my reporting, I can tell you the Rowdies situation is very complicated because they have put up a $750,000 fee to USL for a new franchise and cannot get that money back if they join the TOA league. Additionally, they would be open to a very strong lawsuit from USL for violating the new franchise agreement. One thing we would know, is that with both the league and team being based in Hillsborough County, FL, the litigation would be in a local court.
Tampa Bay may be best served to take Rochester’s approach that DeVeronica is laying out in his article. Play 2010 in USL-1 and then make a decision about the future based on whether or not the TOA league moves forward and whether USL makes the changes owners are looking for.
Geoffrey Arnold reports on the changes the Timbers will face in its last USL First Division Season.
USL says they should have a minimum of eight teams next year in the first division. that is good news for all fans, as I don’t think it would be anyone’s interest if USL’s top professional division stopped playing.
Jason Davis of Match Fit USA has five very important questions for the TOA owners
Good article here that everyone should read and questions listed do need answering at some point in the future.