New Mexico United begins preparation for its inaugural season in 2019 and will convert its ballpark into a soccer pitch to a burgeoning and frenzied fanbase.
When Louisville City FC takes the field for the USL Cup, it will be at Lynn Stadium and not its normal home Slugger Field. They join a list of professional teams who found themselves homeless during title runs.
Louisville City FC hosts the Swope Park Rangers in the USL Cup Final at home at Louisville Slugger Field. The minor league baseball stadium transforms into a soccer frenzy pitch attracting legions of fans and turning the Derby City into a Soccer City.
Don’t blink, there is a good chance that a USL professional soccer club is coming to a city near you. Teams in Hartford, Birmingham, Austin, El Paso, and Memphis are getting their pitches ready for their inaugural seasons in a few months.
Bill Edwards, the outspoken owner of the Tampa Bay Rowdies for the last five years has sold the USL team to the Tampa Bay Rays. The announcement came as a surprise to some, and means a new shift in the future direction of the team.
The Richmond Kickers were founded in 1993 as a member of what was then known as the United States Interregional Soccer League, or USISL. Although top-division soccer has enjoyed stability in the United States for the past 20-plus years with the success of MLS, the lower divisions have not. This has meant the Kickers have bounced from league to league and level to level in various incarnations of the USISL and its successor, the United Soccer League. As of 2018, the Kickers play in the USL’s only division, the second level of the American soccer pyramid, but change is on the horizon yet again as they will be moving down to USL’s newly-created second tier next year.