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…with a long list of lower division franchises

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The Sacramento Geckos played one season in the A-League in 1999 and are best remembered for their dreadful shirt

On and off, for what seems like ages, I’ve been working on a project to map the existence and progress of every team in lower division outdoor soccer since the formation of SISL’s outdoor league in 1989.  Since the USL/TOA blowup, many people have pointed out the turnover rate in division 2.  To be honest, it is not as scary as the turnover rate in Division 3, which has seen 106 franchises over 15 years and have just 6 this year. Not a success story by any means.

Anyway, after a lot of fiddling around, I have managed to put something together and have put it up on Google Docs.  It can be viewed here.

The D-2 leagues – the APSL, the USISL Select League, the A-League, USL-1 and the USSF D2 League – are all signified as D-2.  USL’s D-3 league, in its various guises, is signified as D-3.  The USL’s amateur outdoor league, going back to 1989, is signified as PDL.  The NPSL, the PDL’s rival amateur league, set up by disgruntled USL teams, is signified seperately.

I can’t guarantee it is 100% right and it probably has some glaring errors but it is, at the very least, a very good starting point to mapping the movement of franchises between divisions and when teams departed.

If there are any corrections/glaring omissions, leave me a comment and I shall give it a tweak.

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August 21, 2010 at 12:13 am

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…on Mancini’s “kamikaze spending”

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James Milner - The cherry on the cake, the sixpence on the Christmas pudding, the... oh, you get the idea

It’s all over folks. Roberto Mancini has said that James Milner is Man City’s last summer signing.  Alex Ferguson has lambasted them for “kamikaze spending”, with Sheikh Mansour now having committed over £1bn to Manchester City since he has arrived. Ferguson can talk, spending £7m on a player he’s never seen play. We’re now approaching the end of the second year since Mansour purchased the club via his investment vehicle and they still appear to be buying whomever they can lay their hands on. A Man United fan said to me recently that only Man City could be given all the money in the world and conspire to mess it up. He may be eating his words soon, I’m not sure it’s all that bad. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 19, 2010 at 4:33 pm

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…on Geovanni brightening up San Jose’s dull season

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Geovanni - Could well turn this season around for San Jose

Geovanni - Could well turn this season around for San Jose

I have to nail my colours to the mast; when it comes to MLS, I am a San Jose Earthquakes fan. Like most, I was fairly surprised when the announcement was made that the Quakes were in the hunt for a DP. I’ve become somewhat weary and apathetic towards the Quakes front office and I don’t think I am alone. Toronto, Seattle and now New York have raised the bar in each of their own ways and, maybe more than most, the Quakes have not upped their game accordingly. It hasn’t been a disastrous season but recent results have been patchy. To kick on and get to the playoffs for the first time since the team were brought back in ’08, they definitely need a spark and Geovanni could well be that spark. They need a new playmaker, if only to lift the spectre of Darren Huckerby. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 18, 2010 at 6:32 pm

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…on the new USSF D-II standards

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Sunil Gulati - "I want a league. With nice stadiums. Across many time zones. With not so many pesky Canadians."

From all accounts, the USSF have conducted a throughly-professional review of the sanctioning for franchises in the second division, coming up with a set of standards to which all franchises must adhere, as well as guidelines for the league as a whole.  Brian Quarstad of Inside Minnesota Soccer, the Woodward and Bernstein of the whole USL-NASL mess, was provided with the guidelines by the USSF.  Many of the ideas seem sensible on the service and I suppose if you want to preserve the status quo, many of these things are applicable.  However, what do you do when the status quo is absolute crap?  Genuine crap.  Something that probably shouldn’t even exist? Read the rest of this entry »

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August 17, 2010 at 11:03 pm

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…on a loss (that somewhat isn’t) for the HMRC

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Andrew Andronikou is very smart and very lucky

I couldn’t fucking believe it when it happened. Pompey joined the long line of court-endorsed footballing tax dodgers by defeating the challenge of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to their Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA). It was essentially a win on a technicality. The massive, ever-changing debts and unethical practices didn’t matter because it came down to whether or not Portsmouth broke insolvency rules and, in the opinion of Mr Justice Mann, they did not. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 8, 2010 at 9:31 pm

…on Freddy Adu

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Freddy Adu needs to define himself and whether he plays wide or plays in the middle, he needs to complete his all-round game

Another season is soon to be upon us and we are presented with another round of “where’s Freddy Adu going to play this year”.  After being deemed surplus to requirements at Aris Thessaloniki, FC Sion have trialled him and passed.   Some are calling for a return to MLS but with Benfica having a contract with him until 2011, it seems unlikely, unless there is some sort of loan deal struck. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 5, 2010 at 11:08 pm

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…on Soccer in a Football World – Five years on

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David Wangerin's "Soccer in a Football World" - an excellent read

With my Bob Bradley article and a couple of US soccer articles planned(about Freddy Adu and lower division soccer if you’re interested), I have been reflecting on David Wangerin’s excellent “Soccer in a Football World”. For somebody like me who likes books about sports history and enjoys a fascination with the American game, it was a very interesting. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 5, 2010 at 7:07 am

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