• Duane Rollins

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      Mike Crampton has been an avid follower of Canadian club soccer and participant in the emergent Canadian soccer supporters scene for over a decade. When not playing, watching, or writing about the game he continues to serve the grassroots as an administrator at the local level. You can follow Mike on Twitter @BHTC_Mike

    • James Grossi

      James began covering the game in 2011 after a slow process of two decades saw him gradually consumed by it. He contributes to The Shin Guardian, Waking the Red, and had a piece featured in Issue Two of The Blizzard, as well as maintaining his own site, Partially Obstructed View. He covers the rest of MLS in the hope of providing context to fans on the edge.

    • Details emerge on MLS reserve integration with USL-Pro

      Details of the proposed partnership between MLS and USL-Pro are expected to be released today or tomorrow.

      Last month it leaked out that MLS was planning to incorporate its reserve system into the D3 USL-Pro league. MLS teams would either be affiliated with an existing USL-Pro team nearby, or they would operate a separate USL-Pro team in their own market.

      Yesterday, Rochester’s WHEC reported that the Rhinos would be affiliated with a MLS team starting this year. It also came out that full details of the plan would be released within 36-hours.

      The report suggested that there would be four USL-Pro teams taking part in the partnership in 2013.

      The information is in line with what the respected IMSoccerNews reported last week.

      In a series of Tweets, IMSsoccer revealed that 2013 would be “transition year.” MLS teams would have an option to play MLS reserve league games, or join USL-Pro.

      It was expected that most MLS teams would be participating in USL-Pro fully by 2014.

      Additionally, it as reported that most reserve games under the new plan would be played at MLS venues, often as part of a double-header with the senior team.

      IMSsoccerNews also indicated that MLS would work with USL-Pro joint marketing efforts, with MLS providing extra technical assistance to the USL teams.

      UPDATE:

      MLS made it official today. Some details from the press release --

      Each club affiliation will be customized to meet the needs of the respective teams, but all will include at least four players on long-term loan from the MLS parent club to its USL PRO affiliate. Those MLS teams with formal USL PRO affiliates will not participate in the 2013 MLS Reserve League. Neither MLS nor USL PRO clubs are required to enter into an affiliation, and specific affiliations will be announced in the coming days.

      Each of the 13 USL PRO teams will compete in two interleague games against MLS Reserve teams. With the exception of Antigua, which will play both of its games at MLS Reserve teams, USL PRO teams have been paired with a single MLS team to play a home and home series. All interleague games will count in both the official USL PRO and MLS Reserve League standings.
      CSN contacted TFC to ask if the Reds will be participating in 2013. We will update if the club responds.

      There is a press conference called for tomorrow at 11: 00 a.m. EST.

      UPDATE 2: (Thanks to a CSN commentator for picking up on this) --

      Although TFC has not responded to CSN's request for comment, fans have uncovered a place holder page on the TFC website for a u23 team.

      It's possible that this is to do with the USL-Pro partnership.

      You ca see it here.
      Comments 14 Comments
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        If they're double-headers the MLS game should be second.. Much more appealing for fans.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Any word on how this would work for the 3 Canadian?
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Very excited about this. I hope the the Canadian teams (TFC in particular) are on board this year already. Wouldn't be surprised if they need more time though than American teams.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        A step in the right direction, though i was secretly hoping Forest City would move up a division and be that team for TFC.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        It will effectually mean a downgrade of USL Pro. U have this in Germany but to be honest, no-one likes to see bayern's nr 2 team in the regionalliga or whatever. Most of the times it's more fun at a small town club with a lot of dedicated supporters. For a first team fan, the first team is what counts.

        Although I must admit, there has to be something in between the academies and the MLS level. Loandeals with NASL / USL seem to be more appropriete.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Set it up like baseball, not NHL/AHL please.
      1. Ossington Mental Youth's Avatar
        Ossington Mental Youth -
        Id imagine we'd be getting our own team in the USL judging by the looks of things, would only make sense as opposed ot sending off our academy kids for a year or two before bringing em back into the fold
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Would be nice to keep TFC's USL team nearby for emergency player call-ups.
      1. Jahinho_Guerro's Avatar
        Jahinho_Guerro -
        Here is the answer Duane,

        http://www.torontofc.ca/academy/team...er-u23-college

        Toronto will field there own team.

        Jon Conway will be the Reserve team GK Coach
      1. Duane Rollins's Avatar
        Duane Rollins -
        Quote Originally Posted by Jahinho_Guerro View Post
        Here is the answer Duane,

        http://www.torontofc.ca/academy/team...er-u23-college

        Toronto will field there own team.

        Jon Conway will be the Reserve team GK Coach
        Thanks. Although that doesn't prove anything, it sure does look like TFC is making the jump.

        And someone in the IT department is getting in trouble.
      1. Soccerpro's Avatar
        Soccerpro -
        Quote Originally Posted by Jahinho_Guerro View Post
        Here is the answer Duane,

        http://www.torontofc.ca/academy/team...er-u23-college

        Toronto will field there own team.

        Jon Conway will be the Reserve team GK Coach
        They had this roster up last year for their overage youth team that played in the OSL. It means nothing.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by Soccerpro View Post
        They had this roster up last year for their overage youth team that played in the OSL. It means nothing.
        Yeah the U23 page has been up for while now. There was thread about it on the RPB board last year.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Speaking of the academy and reserves, does anyone know what happened to Tyler Pasher as he is no longer listed on the TFCA site?
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