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Three Puerto Rico teams dumped
May 10th, 2011 10:04PM

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[USL PRO] Less than two months into its first season, USL dumped its three Puerto Rico Soccer League teams, reducing the league from 15 to 12 teams.
 
Puerto Rico United, River Plate Puerto Rico, and Sevilla FC Puerto Rico were participating in USL PRO as part of an agreement between the two leagues to grow pro soccer in Puerto Rico.

Poor attendance -- crowds were listed as low as 105 -- and high travel costs for away games doomed the experiment.

"In the best interests of USL PRO and its teams, it was necessary to remove the three PRSL teams," USL CEO Alec Papadakis said.  "USL PRO has established high standards which are an integral component of the league model, and we are determined to preserve the integrity of these standards on and off the field. Dealing proactively with this situation allows us to reset our daily focus on supporting the efforts of our USL PRO teams in maintaining the league’s position as the strongest, best operated domestic league below MLS."

Each USL PRO team will continue to play 24 regular-season games.  All USL PRO games involving PRSL teams will continue to count toward the league standings with future games to be rescheduled amongst the 12 teams.

The move leaves just two of the five teams left from the International Division -- the Los Angeles Blues and Barracuda FC out of Antigua.

In contrast to its three Caribbean counterparts, Barracuda  FC has been drawing well.



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  1. Tim King
    commented on: May 11, 2011 at 10:26 a.m.
    USL Pro is the perfect league for a East and West Conference with a playoff system that leads to the top team on each side playing for a USL Cup. It makes way more sense to do this in USL Pro than it does in MLS.


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