Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Three Puerto Rico teams dumped
May 10th, 2011 10:04PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  usl

MOST COMMENTED

[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.



0 comments
  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.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. Abroad: Guzan leaves Villa for Middlesbrough    
Brad Guzan will remain the English Premier League, but he might not start, putting him in ...
MLS Moves: Fire ships Igboananike to D.C.    
In a move that signals a continued roster purge that began with the arrival of new ...
What They're Saying: Chuba Akpom    
"I was playing against players I played with on FIFA when I was younger  -- [Didier] ...
MLS All-Star Game: Red rules the day    
The team that calls Avaya Stadium home usually wears blue, but red turned out to be ...
MLS Expansion: Atlanta's Villalba and Jones off on loan    
MLS expansion team Atlanta United FC has sent its two big signings on loan until it ...
Crowd Count: ICC match draws 86,641 fans in Columbus    
The International Champions Cup match between Paris St. Germain and Real Madrid at Ohio Stadium in ...
MLS Expansion: All signs point to Minnesota in 2017    
Atlanta United FC is the only MLS expansion team confirmed for 2017, but MLS commissioner Don ...
MLS Countdown: ASG absentee Ridgewell out Sunday    
A new MLS rule intended to keep players from skipping out on the All-Star Game means ...
What They're Saying: Jurgen Klopp    
"If you bring one player in for 100 pounds ($130 million) and he gets injured, then ...
U.S. Abroad: Brooks returns to action in Hertha win    
John Brooks became the first of the Americans who played at the 2016 Copa Centenario to ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives