L’Impact de Montréal Couronnée Champion Du Canada 2019 | Montreal Impact Crowned 2019 Champions of Canada

Les Montréalais remporte la Coupe des Voyageurs et Qualifie Pour La Ligue Des Champions de la Concacaf.

Montreal Brings Home The Voyageurs Cup; Earns Spot In Concacaf Champions League. Note: English language content below.

TORONTO, Ont., Canada (September 26, 2019) —

Le Bleu-blanc-noir a mis la main sur la 10è coupe des Voyageurs de son histoire après une séance de tirs au but lors du match retour de la finale du Championnat canadien hier soir au BMO Field à Toronto.

« Ça fait beaucoup de temps que j’attends ça, de prendre un trophée dans mes mains. »

Ignacio Piatti

«Ça fait beaucoup de temps que j’attends ça, de prendre un trophée dans mes mains, s’est exclamé Ignacio Piatti en français, prenant le temps de remercier aussi l’ancien entraîneur de l’équipe et ses adjoints. Aujourd’hui, c’est magnifique d’avoir gagné. C’est une victoire d’équipe. »

Lors du match aller, au Stade Saputo de Montréal, l’Impact s’était forgé une avance de 1-0 au cumulatif des buts, grâce à une superbe frappe de Piatti.

La formation montréalaise était privée des services du milieu de terrain Saphir Taïder, qui a reçu une suspension d’un match en raison d’une accumulation de cartons jaunes.

Tsubasa Endoh a encaissé un but à la 70e minute pour les Reds. Malgré des opportunités les montréalais n’ont pas réussi à finir le match en temps régulier.

Aux tirs de but, Bojan Krkic, Daniel Lovitz et Rudy Camacho ont réussi à déjouer Alex Bono à trois reprises pour permettre à l’Impact de s’imposer 3-1.

Toronto avait dominé, mais le vent a tourné en faveur du Bleu-blanc-noir à la 84e minute, lorsque Chris Mavinga a écopé d’un carton rouge pour avoir fauché Lassi Lappalainen devant la demi-lune de la surface de réparation. Toronto évoluait à 10 joueurs.

Le onze montréalais a tenté de fermer les livres à la 90e minute. Une frappe de Piatti a toutefois percuté la barre horizontale, forçant la tenue d’une séance de tir de barrage.

Grâce à cette victoire, le Bleu-blanc-noir participera à la 12e représentation de la Ligue des Champions de la CONCACAF, qui s’amorcera en février 2020.

« C’est une grosse victoire. Particulièrement cette année, avec plus d’équipes en lice, la compétition est plus sérieuse. Ça prouve que le soccer est en ascension ici. De pouvoir représenter Montréal, le Québec et le Canada évidemment, c’est spécial, c’est certain », a déclaré Samuel Piette.

« Ils ont mis les efforts nécessaires et ont fait ce qu’ils avaient à faire sur le terrain. Et ils le méritent, a déclaré l’entraîneur-chef de l’Impact, Wilmer Cabrera. Pour les partisans, pour la ville de Montréal et pour ce club. »

L’Impact tentait de mettre la main sur la coupe des Voyageurs pour une première fois depuis 2014, tandis que le Toronto F. C. visait un quatrième titre canadien consécutif.

C’était la dixième fois que Montréal remportait la Coupe des Voyageurs et la première depuis 2014. Avec cet victoire, L’Impact s’est qualifiée pour la Ligue des Champions de la Concacaf 2020 qui commencera en février 2020. Montréal rejoindra les équipes déjà qualifié au tournoi: UANL, Cruz Azul, Leon et Club America (Mexique), Portmore United (Jamaïque), et Atlanta United et Los Angeles Football Club (MLS).

Plus des renseignements sur le championnat canadien


Highlights Courtesy of One Soccer

The Montrealers Take Home The Voyageurs Cup


Montreal Impact defeated Toronto Football Club 3-1 on penalty kicks at BMO Field last evening to win the 2019 Canadian Championship. Toronto’s 1-0 victory on the night meant that the two-game aggregate score was tied at 1-1. Per competition format, the match went straight to penalties.

Absent from the match was Impact midfielder Saphir Taider, who was out due to card accumulation.

The Impact posted a 1-0 win in the opener of the home-and-away series last week at the Stade Saputo thanks to a goal by Ignacio Piatti. He nearly gave Montreal the win late in the second half but his shot hit the crossbar (see video clip above).

Montreal would have surely taken the lead in the 65th minute but for a blatant handball that was missed by the match officials. Despite the protests of the Impact players, VAR is not part of the Canadian Championship competition rules.

Tsubasa Endoh scored Toronto’s goal in the 70th minute. The Reds Chris Mavinga was given a red card in the 85th minute for taking down Lassi Lappalainen just outside the box.

Montreal carried its late momentum into the penalty-kicks session, scoring on all three opportunities. Rudy Camacho, Bojan and Daniel Lovitz converted from the spot for Montreal. Alejandro Pozuelo scored on Toronto’s first attempt but Jozy Altidore hit the crossbar and Patrick Mullins had his shot saved by goalkeeper Clement Diop.

Jonathan Osorio hit the post with Toronto’s fourth attempt, sealing the result.

“We became stronger and our stronger and our confidence grew,” said Impact coach Wilmer Cabrera.

It was the tenth time that Montreal has won the Voyageurs Cup and its first domestic title since 2014.

The Impact thus earn a berth in the 2020 Concacaf Champions League with the victory. Montreal will join UANL, Cruz Azul, Leon and Club America from Mexico in the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League, which begins in February 2020. Other qualified teams include Jamaica’s Portmore United and MLS sides Atlanta United and Los Angeles Football Club.

Starting Lineups

After the match and the on field celebrations, the team went to the locker room, where a celebration with Montreal Impact President Kevin Gilmore broke out.

Gallery (Images: Canadian Press and Montreal Impact)

More information on the 2019 Canadian Championship

Relive Igancio Piatti’s goal from the first leg of the championship in Montreal:

Impact de Montréal: Kevin Gilmore remplace Joey Saputo à la présidence | Kevin Gilmore to replace Joey Saputo as club President

Miami, FL (mardi le 22 janvier 2019) Kenneth Russo –

Le propriétaire de l’Impact de Montréal, Joey Saputo, a annoncé ce matin qu’il quittait la présidence de l’équipe. Un ancien vice-président du Canadien de Montréal, Kevin Gilmore, lui succèdera.

Saputo (54 ans) a fondé le club en 1993. Il a guidé Montréal dès que sa naissance, a dirigé la construction du Stade Saputo en 2008 et l’agrandissement de la stade en 2012. En 2012 l’équipe est entrée en MLS. L’homme d’affaires restera le propriétaire du onze montréalais et de l’équipe de soccer de Bologne, qui évolue dans le Série A (championnat italien).

Kevin Gilmore est un ancien exécutive avec le Canadien de Montréal, connu pour son mandat comme vice-président exécutif et chef de l’exploitation, de 2011 à 2016. Il avait auparavant travaillé avec les Mighty Ducks d’Anaheim et les Kings de Los Angeles (LNH), ainsi que les Angels d’Anaheim (MLB). Il a également supervisé le développement d’un aréna et d’un projet immobilier en Chine pour le groupe Anschutz, entre 2006 et 2009.


The owner of the Montréal Impact, Joey Saputo, announced today that he is stepping down from the club presidency. He will be succeeded by Kevin Gilmore, a former vice president of the Montreal Canadiens.

Saputo (54 years old) founded the club in 1993. He has guided Montreal since it’s founding, directing the construction of Saputo Stadium in 2008, and its subsequent enlargement in 2012. He brought the club into MLS in 2012. He will remain the owner of the Impact as well as the owner of Bologna in the Italian Serie A.

Kevin Gilmore is a former executive with the Montreal Canadiens, serving as executive vice-president and head of operations from 2011-2016. Prior to that, he worked with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), as well as the Anaheim Angels (MLB). He also oversaw a real estate and arena development project in China from 2006 to 2009 for the Anschutz Group.

La Presse de Montréal – Article

2018 Concacaf Awards | Premios Concacaf 2018

Miami, FL (Tuesday, January 15, 2019) – Concacaf – 

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf)  announced the winners of the 2018 Concacaf Awards on January 15, 2019. The Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year awards went to Hirving Lozano and Alex Morgan, respectively.

2018 Concacaf Awards

La Confederación de Norte, Centroamérica y el Caribe de Fútbol Asociación (Concacaf) anunció ayer a los ganadores de los Premios Concacaf 2018. Los Premios del Jugador y Jugadora del Año fueron ganado por Hirving Lozano (MEX) y Alex Morgan (USA), respectivamente. 

Premios Concacaf 2018

Via Concacaf: Lozano’s year was highlighted by an exceptional performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. While the Mexican striker had previously earned plenty of attention around the region for his play in both World Cup Qualifying and Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, it was in 2018 that the rest of the world met the 23-year-old PSV Eindhoven forward.

El año de Lozano se destacó por un desempeño excepcional en la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018 en Rusia. Mientras que el delantero mexicano había ganado mucha atención en la región por su juego tanto en la Clasificación a la Copa Mundial, así como en la Liga de Campeones Concacaf Scotiabank, fue en 2018 que el resto del mundo conoció al delantero del PSV Eindhoven, de 23 años.

Morgan led the United States Women’s National Team to a sparkling year, which included a 5W-0D-0L record at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship. The 29-year-old played a major part in her team’s qualification for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, by scoring seven goals and winning the tournament’s Golden Boot.

Morgan lideró a la Selección Nacional Femenina de los Estados Unidos a un año brillante, que incluyó un récord de 5W-0D-0L en el Campeonato Femenino de Concacaf 2018. La jugadora de 29 años jugó un papel importante en la clasificación de su equipo para la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 2019, al marcar siete goles, ganando la Bota de Oro del torneo

The Winners  |  Los Ganadores

Jugador del Año | Men’s Player of the Year
1. Hirving Lozano (MEX) – PSV Eindhoven/NED
2. Keylor Navas (CRC) – Real Madrid CF/ESP
3. Sebastian Giovinco (ITA) – Toronto FC/CAN

Jugadora del Año | Women’s Player of the Year
1. Alex Morgan (USA) – Orlando Pride/USA
2. Khadija Shaw (JAM) – University of Tennessee/USA
3. Lindsey Horan (USA) – Portland Thorns FC/USA

Portero del Año | Men’s Goalkeeper of the Year
1. Keylor Navas (CRC) – Real Madrid CF/ESP
2. Guillermo Ochoa (MEX) – Standard Liège/BEL
3. Cody Laurendi (PUR) – Oklahoma City Energy/USA

Portera del Año | Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year
1. Alyssa Naeher (USA) – Chicago Red Starts/USA
2. Yenith Bailey (PAN) – Sporting SM/PAN
3. Stephanie Labbe (CAN) – Linköpings FC/SWE

Entrenador de Fútbol Masculino del Año | Men’s Coach of the Year
1. Matias Almeyda (ARG) – San Jose Earthquakes/USA (Formerly CD Guadalajara/MEX)
2. Remko Bicentini (CUW) – Curacao National Team
3. Juan Carlos Osorio (COL) – Paraguay National Team (Formerly Mexico National Team)

Entrenador de Fútbol Femenino del Año | Women’s Coach of the Year
1. Hue Menzies (JAM) – Jamaica Women’s National Team/Florida Kraze Krush/USA
2. Jill Ellis (USA) – United States Women’s National Team
3. Monica Vergara (MEX) – Mexico U-17 Women’s National Team

Árbitro del Año | Men’s Referee of the Year
1. Cesar Arturo Ramos (MEX)
2. Mark Geiger (USA)
3. Joel Aguilar (SLV)

Árbitra del Año | Women’s Referee of the Year
1. Lucila Venegas (MEX)
2. Crystal Sobers (TRI)
3. Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

Gol del Año | Goal of the Year
1. Joe Corona (MEX) – SCCL: Club America (MEX) vs Tauro FC (PAN), 19′
2. Alan Pulido (MEX) – SCCL: CD Guadalajara (MEX) vs Toronto FC (CAN), 72′
3. Khadija Shaw (JAM) – CWC: Jamaica vs Cuba, 2′

Premio al Desempeño Sobresaliente |Outstanding Performance Award
Jamaica Women’s National Team

XI Ideal Masculino | Male Best 11
GK – Keylor Navas (CRC) – Real Madrid CF/ESP
DF – Hugo Ayala (MEX) – Tigres UANL/MEX
DF – Edson Alvarez (MEX) – Club America/MEX
DF – Cuco Martina (CUW) – Stoke City FC/ENG
DF – Francisco Calvo (CRC) – Minnesota United FC/USA
MF – Hector Herrera (MEX) – Porto FC/POR
MF – Michael Bradley (USA) – Toronto FC/CAN
MF – Andres Guardado (MEX) – Real Betis/ESP
FW – Hirving Lozano (MEX) – PSV Eindhoven/NED
FW – Bradley Wright-Phillips (ENG) – New York Red Bulls/USA
FW – Sebastian Giovinco (ITA) – Toronto FC/CAN

XI Ideal Femenino | Female Best 11
GK – Alyssa Naeher (USA) – Chicago Red Starts/USA
DF – Kadeisha Buchanan (CAN) – Olympique Lyonnais/FRA
DF – Crystal Dunn (USA) – NC Courage/USA
DF – Tanna Sanchez (MEX U-17) – Tecnologico de Monterrey Campus Puebla/MEX
DF – Becky Sauerbrunn (USA) – Utah Royals FC/USA
MF – Lindsey Horan (USA) – Portland Thorns/USA
MF – Khadija Shaw (JAM) – University of Tennessee/USA
MF – Nicole Perez (MEX U-17) – CD Guadalajara/MEX
FW – Alex Morgan (USA) – Orlando Pride/USA
FW – Christine Sinclair (CAN) – Portland Thorns/USA
FW – Jody Brown (JAM) – AS Roma/ITA

Niki Budalic Named First Director of Soccer Operations for Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami – EN|ES|PT|FR

Miami, FL (Monday, January 7, 2019) by Kenneth Russo –

The making of the front office of Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami continued as the club announced today that Niki Budalic will join as the club’s first Director of Soccer Operations. Budalic, a Canadian citizen, will join the Inter Miami CF staff pending approval of his U.S. work permit.

Budalic’s role will be to manage and oversee all soccer operations. He will report directly to Sporting Director Paul McDonough and will work alongside Technical Director Kurt Schmid.

Sporting Director Paul McDonough was pleased to welcome Budalic, stating. “We want to welcome Niki to the Inter Miami family. Niki’s experience working alongside players and coaches at all levels will be an important addition to our technical staff, and one that will allow us to create an environment that cultivates success.”

Niki Budalic’s experience includes 3 years with Orlando City SC, where he served as General Manager of Soccer Operations for both Orlando City (MLS) and the Orlando Pride (NWSL). He joined Orlando City in January 2016 as Assistant General Manager and was promoted in December 2016.

Niki’s career has also included serving as Director of Soccer Operations for Kitchener-Waterloo United in the Premier Development League and leading the club to the 2015 national championship. He was also the Director of Football, North America, for Beswicks Sports.

Prior to working in soccer management, Niki was a professional player for various clubs in North America and Europe, including the Montreal Impact, Toronto Lynx, FK Haugesund in Norway, and Örebro SK in Sweden. Niki’s extensive soccer profile includes working in player representation, scouting, recruitment, consulting and coaching for both men’s and women’s soccer.

Niki holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami Nombró a Niki Budalic Su Primer Director de Operaciones de Fútbol

Miami, FL (lunes 7 de enero, 2019) – por Kenneth Russo –

La estructuración de la gerencia del Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami continuó hoy cuando el club anunció que Niki Budalic se unirá como Directora de Operaciones de Fútbol del club. Budalic, un ciudadano canadiense, se unirá al personal del Inter Miami CF a la espera de la aprobación de su permiso de trabajo de los EE. UU.

En su rol con el club, Niki reportará directamente al Director Deportivo, Paul McDonough y trabajará junto con el Director Técnico Kurt Schmid en todos los aspectos de las operaciones de fútbol.

El Director Deportivo Paul McDonough tuvo el placer de dar la bienvenida a Budalic. “Queremos dar la bienvenida la más cordial a Niki a la familia del Inter Miami. La experiencia que Niki trae consigo gracias a sus años de trabajo con jugadores y entrenadores en todos los niveles, complementará de sobremanera a nuestro cuerpo técnico y también nos ayudará a crear una cultura de éxito en el club.”

La experiencia de Niki Budalic incluye 3 años con Orlando City SC, donde se desempeñó como Gerente General de Operaciones de Fútbol para Orlando City (MLS) y Orlando Pride (NWSL). Sus años en Orlando inició unió en enero de 2016 como Gerente General Adjunto y fue promovido en diciembre de 2016, después de solamente once meses.

Niki también se desempeñó como Director de Operaciones para el equipo del Kitchener-Waterloo United (Ontario) de la PDL, al cual llevó al campeonato nacional en el 2015. También fue el Director de Fútbol (América del Norte) para Beswicks Sports.

Antes de trabajar en la gestión del fútbol, Niki fue jugador profesional para varios clubes en América del Norte y Europa, incluyendo el Montreal Impact, Toronto Lynx, FK Haugesund en Noruega y Örebro SK en Suecia. El perfil extenso de Niki incluye experiencia más allá de la cancha, y toca aspectos de la industria como la visoria y el reclutamiento de talento, representación de jugadores, consultoría, dirección técnica y entrenamiento tanto para hombres como para mujeres.

Niki tiene una Maestría en Administración de Negocios (MBA) de la Universidad Wilfrid Laurier en Waterloo, Ontario, Canadá.

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Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami Nomeou Niki Budalic Seu Primeiro Diretor de Operações de Futebol

Miami, FL (segunda-feira, 7 de janeiro, 2019) – Kenneth Russo –

A criação da gerência do Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami continuou hoje quando o clube anunciou que Niki Budalic se unirá ao clube como seu Diretor de Operações de Futebol. Budalic, um cidadão canadense, se juntará ao time Inter Miami CF, aguardando a aprovação de sua permissão de trabalho dos EUA.

Em seu papel no clube, Niki se reportará diretamente ao Diretor Esportivo, Paul McDonough, e trabalhará com o Diretor Técnico Kurt Schmid em todos os aspectos das operações de futebol.

O Diretor Esportivo Paul McDonough teve o prazer de receber Budalic. “Queremos dar as boas-vindas a Niki para a família Inter Miami. A experiência que Niki traz com seus anos de trabalho com jogadores e treinadores em todos os níveis, vai complementar muito a nossa equipe de treinadores e também nos ajudará a criar uma cultura de sucesso no clube “.

A experiência de Niki Budalic inclui 3 anos com Orlando City SC, onde atuou como Gerente Geral de Operações de Futebol de Orlando City (MLS) e Orlando Pride (NWSL). Seus anos em Orlando começaram em janeiro de 2016 como Vice-Gerente Geral e foi promovido em dezembro de 2016, após apenas onze meses.

Niki também atuou como Diretor de Operações da equipe Kitchener-Waterloo United (Ontario) do PDL, que liderou o campeonato nacional em 2015. Ele também foi Diretor de Futebol (América do Norte) para Beswicks Sports.

Antes de trabalhar na gestão de futebol, Niki foi jogador profissional de vários clubes na América do Norte e Europa, incluindo Montreal Impact, Toronto Lynx, FK Haugesund na Noruega e Örebro SK na Suécia. O extenso perfil de Niki inclui experiência além do campo e aborda aspectos da indústria como recrutador de talentos, representação de jogadores, consultoria, direção técnica e treinamento para homens e mulheres.

Niki possui um Mestrado em Administração de Negócios (MBA) pela Wilfrid Laurier University em Waterloo, Ontário, Canadá.

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Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami A Nommé Niki Budalic Premier Directeur des Operations de Football.

Miami, FL (lundi, le 7 janvier 2019) – Kenneth Russo –

L’assemblage de l’équipe de management du Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami a continué d’évoluer aujourd’hui quand le club a annoncé que Niki Budalic se joindra comme le Directeur des Opérations de Football. Budalic, un citoyen canadien, rejoindra le personnel de Inter Miami CF en attendant l’approbation de son permis de travail américain.

Budalic aura pour rôle de gérer et de superviser toutes les opérations de football. Il relèvera directement du Directeur Sportif, Paul McDonough, et travaillera aux côtés du nouveau Directeur Technique, Kurt Schmid.

Le Directeur Sportif Paul McDonough a eu le plaisir d’accueillir Budalic. «Nous souhaitons la bienvenue à Niki dans la famille Inter Miami. L’expérience de Niki auprès des joueurs et des entraîneurs à tous les niveaux constituera un atout important pour notre personnel technique et nous permettra de créer une culture du succès.»

L’expérience de Niki Budalic comprend 3 années passées à Orlando City SC, où il a été Directeur Général des Opérations de Football pour Orlando City (MLS) et Orlando Pride (NWSL). Il a rejoint Orlando City en janvier 2016 en tant que Directeur Général Adjoint et a été promu en décembre 2016, seulement quelques mois après son arrivée.

La carrière de Niki a également a comporté le rôle du Directeur des Opérations de Football pour l’équipe Kitchener-Waterloo United de la Premier Development League où il a mené le club au championnat national en 2015. Il a également été Directeur du Football pour l’Amérique du Nord avec Beswicks Sports.

Avant de travailler dans la gestion du football, Niki était un joueur professionnel pour plusieurs clubs en Amérique du Nord et en Europe, notamment l’Impact de Montréal, le Lynx de Toronto, le FK Haugesund en Norvège et le Örebro SK en Suède. Le profil étendu de Niki dans le football inclut des activités dans la représentation des joueurs, le dépistage et recrutement des joueurs, la consultation et l’entraînement pour le football masculin et féminin.

Niki est titulaire d’une Maîtrise en Administration des Affaires (MBA) de l’Université Wilfrid Laurier de Waterloo, en Ontario, au Canada.

Inside the MLS’s strategy to become the ‘sport of the new North America’ | The Drum

The Drum finds out how America’s premier soccer league is embracing marketing and technological innovation to compete with titans like the NBA and NFL and win over a new generation of sports fans.
— Read on www.thedrum.com/news/2018/09/05/inside-the-mlss-strategy-become-the-sport-the-new-north-america

United Soccer League Overview

The brands of the United Soccer Leagues, LLC ™United Soccer Leagues, LLC

Brand Identity

Corporate Structure and Ownership

The legal entity that operates the United Soccer League is known as United Soccer, Leagues, LLC. The league offices are at 1715 North Westshore Boulevard, Suite 825, Tampa, Florida 33607.

The United Soccer League is owned by NuRock Soccer Holdings, LLC, a Georgia Limited Liability Company with its principal business address in Atlanta, Georgia. NuRock controls 99% of the membership interests, while the other 1 % is held by Robert Hoskins.

Background

NuRock Soccer Holdings LLC purchased the United Soccer Leagues from Nike in August 2009. NuRock had been a franchisee of the United Soccer League with a Premier Development League team in Atlanta.

NuRock is led by real estate developer Robert Hoskins and former NASL player Alec Papadakis, and NuRock Soccer Holdings, LLC is a part of a larger organisation known as The NuRock Companies — of which Hoskins is the founder.

Rebrand

In 2018, the USL announced a rebranding, which took effect immediately at the close of the 2018 season. The rebranded USL is modelled after a recognised and respected international structure – one central brand, three leagues. Unlike Major League Soccer (“MLS”), which operates under the single entity, limited liability legal structure, the USL operates a pure franchise model which is highly centralised and top-down in its execution.

The vision of USL is to a future where stability reigns in the world of lower division soccer in the United States. Stability is not one word that most would use to describe the lower divisions over the years. It seeks to strengthen its contribution to U.S. Soccer’s efforts toward becoming a world powerhouse and its pursuit of winning a World Cup.

The Three Leagues

USL CHAMPIONSHIP ( 2nd tier of US Soccer)

Logo of USL Championship ™ United Soccer League

In 2017, the USL was given provisional accreditation as a DII league. In 2018, the USL was sanctioned as the sole DII league in the United States. The fee in 2018 to buy a franchise is believed to be $7 million. That fee can be expected to rise, given the historical rise in franchise fees in both USL and MLS over the past several years. According to USL documentation, the current expected initial investment by a new team is at least $10.6 million (including the aforementioned $7 million expansion fee)

By Comparison: In 1998, the Miami Fusion are believed to have paid $20 million to join MLS. In 2018, FC Cincinnati is believed to have forked out $150 million. That means in 20 years, MLS’ valuation of clubs has risen 7.5-fold. In half that time, the USL’s 47-fold increase has far outpaced even the top professional league in U.S. Soccer.

Currently, the USL has 33 teams, divided into two sides (called conferences) ‘East’ and ‘West’. Teams play 34-games from in a fixture that runs from March through October. Like MLS, the USL also ends the season with playoffs. The USL Championship is a fully professional league and all players are paid.

Affiliation with MLS: Some of the teams are affiliated with MLS clubs, as the current rules permit MLS clubs to field reserve teams in USL or affiliate with USL clubs. In fact, most MLS clubs have either an affiliation or field reserve teams. This agreement is subject to revision in the future.

Note: Many of the early USL clubs signed a five-year franchise agreement with the league. That five-year term, depending on the club, may expire at the end of 2018 or 2019. The USL has recognized this potential difficulty and in 2016, took measures to incentivize owners to remain in the league. An increase in the expansion fee was one, while another is a smaller $10,000 fee required to renew membership for another term. The present term is for 10 years.

USL LEAGUE ONE (3rd tier of US Soccer)

During the 2017 and 2018 seasons, US Soccer had no third division. That gap is now filled with the arrival of USL One. Officially launched on 14 December 2018. USL applied for Third Division status for its League One in August 2018; the USSF granted a provisional third division status on December 14, 2018.

Employing the successful methodology utilized by the USL to establish the largest professional soccer league in North America, the USL League One expansion efforts center on markets that meet the following criteria:

  • Strong local ownership
  • Primary owner with a net worth in excess of $10 million and 35% or greater share of the potential franchise
  • Soccer-specific stadia
  • Seating Capacity: 3,500
  • Pitch Size: 110 yards x 70 yards
  • Viable market size and support

The expansion fee for USL D3 teams is believed to be $500,000, and teams are expected to spend between $2.4 million and $5.1 million during their first season of play. USL One is also regarded as a professional league.

For the 2019 season, there will be ten teams competing (9 from the US plus Toronto FC II) in a 28 fixture season. Expansion clubs for 2020 include the Rochester Rhinos and Harrisburg, PA side Penn FC. The latter club is in the process of finding a suitable home stadium and opted to sit out the 2019 season.

2019 USL League One Footprint ™ United Soccer League

USL LEAGUE TWO (4th tier -unofficial)

(f/k/a Premier Development League “PDL”)

USL League Two continues the mission of the PDL, the leader in pre-professional soccer in the U.S. and Canada. The League holds a vital role as it continues to provide the elite platform for those pursuing professional careers domestically and internationally.

League Two aims to be more than the leading national U23 league: League Two bills itself as “the defined and proven pathway for players to progress to the professional ranks of soccer while becoming a staple within the community in which the team operates.”

League Two clubs have partnerships with MLS and USL Championship Clubs. At present, there are 74 clubs in League Two.

USL League Two is divided into 4 conferences: Eastern, Southern, Central and Western.

The USL League Two regular season takes place during the summer from early May to mid-July. Each team plays a 14 matches against their respective divisional opponents, seven games at home and seven away. Following the conclusion of the regular season, a postseason tournament takes place. These playoffs take place in late July, with each conference champion advancing to the national semifinals and the winners of those matches advancing to the League Two Championship match in early August.

A note about division sanctioning: The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) promulgated criteria and sanctions the first three divisions of soccer in the US. Below the three official divisions as designated by USSF, there are other active leagues; some of these are intrastate competitions or independent leagues. Most, though not all, of these are sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).

2019 USL League 2 Footprint ™ United Soccer League

Sources:

1. USL website

2. https://www.soctakes.com/2018/07/30/usl-franchise-fees-shepard-tone-or-progress/

3. Florida Secretary of State, Division of Corporations. http://search.sunbiz.org; Georgia Secretary of State, Corporations Division.

4. https://league-one.com/2018/12/14/usl-league-one-granted-provisional-ussf-sanctioning/

5. independent research