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The last-minute marathon negotiating sessions that come with nearly every labor dispute have finally begun in MLS.  Player reps met with the league for eight hours on Tuesday. Seattle’s Freddie Ljungberg says he’s been assured there won’t be a work stoppage, and he’ll report to training on Feb. 1, the day after the league’s collective bargaining agreement expires.

Philadelphia Union training camp stories from the Philadelphia Daily News and Delaware County Times.

Setanta will stop broadcasting in the U.S. on Feb. 28. Will anyone notice?

World Cup tickets aren’t selling well, with one-third still unsold. Apparently, even the English don’t want to go to South Africa,  now that they’ve cut back on the whole imperialism thing.

The AP has a good story on why Ruud Gullitt failed with the Los Angeles Galaxy. He blamed it in part on the U.S. culture, which apparently just sucks. (more…)

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The U.S. Soccer Federation has brokered a deal for a single Division 2 soccer league to operate this year.

USSF officials announced the deal Thursday as a one-year compromise between the United Soccer Leagues and the breakaway teams that moved to form their own league, the North American Soccer League.

“This agreement allows us to continue to develop the professional game in many important markets around the country, while at the same time working towards the long-term stability of Division 2 professional soccer,” U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said.

The league will operate with two six-team conferences, one dubbed the USL Conference and the other named the NASL Conference. The Vancouver Whitecaps, Montreal Impact, Carolina RailHawks, Crystal Palace Baltimore, Miami FC and Carolina Railhawks will play in the NASL Conference. The USL Conference will include the Portland Timbers, Puerto Rico Islanders, Austin Aztex FC, Rochester Rhinos, Tampa Bay Rowdies and and unnamed Minnesota team to replace the Minnesota Thunder.

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On Tuesday I posted a timeline describing the development of the USL  since its origins as an indoor soccer league in 1986, through its absorption of other professional leagues in the 199os and its eventual (incidental?) purchase by Nike in 2008. Creating the time-line was made easier thanks to the hard work already done by Inside Minnesota Soccer and The Kartik Report. The time-line concluded with the sale of the league to NuRock Soccer Holdings at the end of August, 2009. I continue with developments in October, 2009 when things become even more interesting.

  • October 3: Inside Minnesota Soccer (IMNS) reports that five USL-1 teams – Minnesota Thunder, Carolina RailHawks, Miami FC Blues, Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact – have not paid the required yearly USL franchise fee. The USL reacts by voiding player contracts.
  • October 5: Brian Wellman, president of the Carolina RailHawks, describes the recent actions of the USL as “unfortunate and unnecessary” . Wellman is elsewhere quoted as saying that such a move “only hurts the players, confuses the fans, alerts the media and worries the sponsors.” (more…)

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