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Want a pro team near you? Request a tour
by Paul Kennedy, September 13th, 2017 8:52PM
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The USL, which has plans of launching a third division league in 2019, has sent out league executives Steven Short and Josh Keller on tours of target markets in the Southeast and Midwest. Now, it is using a digital platform for supporters to request a tour of their soccer market.

Audience analytics platform BandSquare is used by entertainers to build online support and help them make touring decision. The USL is asking supporters to let it know where it should look. The top market as of Wednesday evening was Evansville, Indiana.

The USL could have as many as 34 teams in 2018 with plans to expand to Austin and Birmingham in 2019.

The USL's new third division will concentrate on smaller markets that fit current U.S. Soccer criteria:

-- Minimum of 1,000-seat stadium.
-- Lead investor with individual net worth of at least $10 million.

  1. Jay Wall
    commented on: September 14, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.
    Linked page throws out a list of cities but not where they are. Dallas we all know is in Texas. It also lists Jackson, but does not identify which Jackson in which state: Jackson, Alabama / Jackson, California / Jackson, Georgia / Jackson, Idaho / Jackson, Indiana / Jackson, Kentucky / Jackson, Louisiana / Jackson, Maine / Jackson, Michigan / Jackson, Minnesota / Jackson, Mississippi / Jackson, Missouri / Jackson, Nebraska / Jackson, New Hampshire / Jackson, New Jersey / Jackson, New York / Jackson, North Carolina / Jackson, Ohio / Jackson Township, Pennsylvania / Jackson, Rhode Island / Jackson, South Carolina / Jackson, Tennessee / Jackson, Washington / Jackson, Wisconsin / Jackson, Wyoming / Jackson Parish, Louisiana
  1. Joe Wilson
    commented on: September 14, 2017 at 11:14 a.m.
    Everyone who read that knew it was Jackson, MS except you, but I'm sure typing out your comment was really fun.
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now
    commented on: September 14, 2017 at 12:48 p.m.
    Wow what a novel approach - putting pro teams where there aren't currently any. Seems smarter than the NASL approach of trying to "conquer" markets with MLS teams to prove what a big time league it is.

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