Can the NASL survive?

Ethan Tait

Being Americans, we have this burning desire to Americanize everything. Contrary to statistical data and the current political landscape of the country, we still believe we’re the best country in the world. If we can figure out a way to do things, it is obviously correct. 

This is why the rest of the world hates us.

The American way of soccer has resulted in poorly constructed period that doesn’t make a bit of sense with no connection between the various “levels”. The only way to get to the top division is by sleeping with Don Garber, having $100 million laying around, and showing that you can sustain success monetarily – who gives a damn about titles, right?

The NASL is the disconnected second division of American soccer, where it has no opportunity to move the first division but is considered to have a little more quality than the USL.

With Minnesota United making the jump to the MLS in 2017 and the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Ottawa Fury becoming part of USL, the league will be left at a serious deficit, even with the SF Deltas being added to the league.

Despite the loss of a key market to the money hungry MLS, Bill Peterson, the commissioner of the NASL, is positive for some odd reason about why the league could still possibly grow.

The discussions were both positive and productive, and many of the agenda items were largely focused on the league’s long-term vision. It was exciting to see owners emphasizing their commitment towards ensuring that the NASL continues to develop.

A very delusional Bill Peterson

Clubs in the NASL are looking to impress in order to be rewarded with a big money payday and a trip to sustained success in the MLS. Without promotion/relegation, the motivation to keep the league alive will dwindle with the number of teams and eventually will the quality of the league will rapidly decrease, creating a void in player development.

Investors won’t want to put their money into something that won’t pay dividends, forcing teams in the NASL to rely on smaller companies’ sponsorships and consequently less money to work with in the short term, putting a more constrictive ceiling on expansion.

Bill Peterson is trying to be optimistic about the situation, but only so much positivity can help the current landscape of American soccer.

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