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#USSoccer Postpones Decision on D2/D3 Sanctioning #USL #NASL

It looks like it’s going to take some more time for U.S. Soccer’s Board of Directors to make some decisions about sanctioning/re-certification of men’s Division 2 and 3 leagues, as one league (current Division 2) NASL is reeling, while the other (current Division 3) USL is eagerly awaiting its application for Division 2 status.
After a three-man appointed committee met yesterday, then the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors met today in New York and apparently could not come to conclusion about the direction of what the Division 2 and 3 set-up will look like in 2017 and beyond.
Here’s U.S. Soccer’s statement issued late Tuesday afternoon.

We’ll have to stay tuned to see what happens.
There have been talks of continued negotiations going on as it still appears imminent that USL will obtain Division 2 status, but have not been able to finalize which NASL teams will be coming on board, and which will be not.

During the course of the day, there were continued reports that the NY Cosmos organization was ceasing operations.
But later in the afternoon, there were some reports saying that they’re not quite dead just yet…

But one very interesting development and announcement did come today.
NASL’s Carolina Railhawks became North Carolina FC — revealing a complete re-branding, along with aspirations to field both MLS and NWSL teams in the coming years.

What does this mean for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds?
Probably another two weeks of not knowing what the status of their league (USL) will be — and more delays are likely to finding out their final schedule.
Be sure to stay tuned in the next week or so there will be more announcements and developments.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

Riverhounds MF Danny Griffin

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