Showing support for the North American Soccer League (NASL) will help make a promotion-relegation league system a reality and is vital to professional soccer’s longevity and legitimacy in this country.
The NASL really isn’t that bad…
Professional soccer in the United States is missing an essential aspect that pretty much every other soccer league in the world has: a promotion-relegation system. This static bullshit we got going is getting old. It would do us wonders if we linked our professional divisions in the American soccer pyramid (starting with the MLS and NASL).
Not because the majority of other countries and top leagues do it (we aren’t followers, this is AMERICA!), but because it will make professional soccer better in this country. No top division exists in isolation. Hell, revamping our domestic system might help us perform better on the international stage.
A simple promotion-relegation model between the MLS and NASL has the potential to produce a better quality game at the highest echelons of the American soccer pyramid. The movement of teams between divisions allows for new competition, new philosophies, and gives opportunities for new players and teams to surprise us, inspire us, and succeed (i.e. Riyad Mahrez). It also introduces a greater reward for good performance and punishment for poor performance. There is more to play for every season – am I right Sunderland fans?
As fans of the game, we have the power to help make the promotion-relegation model in American soccer a reality (aside from business and financial interests). We need to mobilize and get behind the other professional soccer divisions in this country!
Find an NASL team in your region to follow: the Carolina Railhawks, FC Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Indy Eleven, Jacksonville Armada FC, Miami FC, Minnesota United FC, New York Cosmos, Ottawa Fury FC, Puerto Rico FC, Rayo OKC, Tampa Bay Rowdies, and the San Francisco Deltas.
Go find YOUR NASL team! Follow on social media, become a season ticket holder, watch NASL matches on television (BEIN Sports USA, CBS SN, ESPN3, ESPN Deportes, Gol Tv, ONE World Sports)! Get stoked on the NASL like this guy is for American soccer: