16/02/2011

USA Second Division – Recent Developments.

The USSF has now given the NASL provisional second division status for 2011.

The league will still have to meet certain commitments, mainly to do with the ownership of the teams for 2011, in order to keep this status.

 Surprisingly, it has then been announced that NASL clubs will not be included in the 2011 Open Cup. Apparently, it is too late in the procedure to change plans and include the five USA based NASL clubs in the draw.

The Open Cup will start in June with 40 clubs, 8 from the MLS, all 11 USA based clubs in USL-Pro, 9 from the USL’s Premier Development League, 3 from the National Premier Soccer League, 8 further clubs fron the USASA, and one more from “club soccer”. Each competition holds its own qualification process.