In Don Garber’s State of the League event on Tuesday, a lot of news was made regarding the future of MLS and North American soccer in general. One aspect that hasn’t received too much discussion is the official disbandment of the MLS Reserve League and the league officially becoming “deeply committed to the USL Pro.”
“The Reserve League is going away. Every one of our clubs is either going to own or be affiliated with a USL Pro team,” the commissioner said. “And the reason why we’re doing it with the USL Pro is because they’re interested in doing that. They’re interested in affiliating with us and working together to help develop players.”
So what does this all mean for USL Pro?
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Major League Soccer held its annual State of the League event today, albeit with a different format than in the past, and Orlando City had a couple of mentions. Traditionally Commissioner Don Garber would stand behind a podium and address some assembled media, however this year the State of the League discussion shifted to a round-table format with the likes of Rob Stone and Tony Meola asking the commissioner a series of questions. Lasting a little over an hour, the conversation moved between multiple subjects, including the upcoming CBA discussion, expansion, and future playoff plans.
As far as Orlando City is concerned, the commissioner had nothing but good things to say about the Lions. “The noise that’s coming out of that market, it is absolutely unprecedented,” he said.
When asked about expansion in Miami, Garber discussed the folding of Miami Fusion FC and the Tampa Bay Mutiny back in 2001. “We were in that market and we failed.” The commissioner continued, “We’re coming back in Orlando, and that’s looking like it could be one of the best teams out of the box in our history.” Continue reading MLS State of the League: Don Garber Excited About Orlando City
This upcoming 2015 MLS season, Orlando City will be the league’s new kids on the block, along with fellow debutants New York City FC, but it is never too early to start looking at who will joining the MLS party next.
The three cities vying for the next bid are Sacramento, Minneapolis, and Las Vegas. These prospective MLS franchises have clearly been inspired by the amount of fun Orlando City is having as it prepares to join the league. They want a piece of the action, and who can blame them?
MLS head honcho Don Garber brought the contestants to New York City and waited for the wooing to commence. We may not know exactly what these presentations had to offer but we can only assume it was a combination of a high school-style recruiting trip mixed with a Don Garber-centered Jeopardy game, where Garber himself got to play the Trebek role. (Sacramento, stop board jumping looking for Daily Doubles!)
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