Friday, February 13, 2015
Did MLS Just Do the NASL a Big Favor?
With the news of Las Vegas out of the MLS picture at least for a few years, does Vegas become the best option as a Pacific Time Zone for NASL?
The NASL must be feeling the heat on its future as MLS gobbles up more metro areas and appears to want to push the NASL off the map entirely.
Without the existence of the NASL, MLS can more easily pursue its slow-growth path without worries from a competitor. The New York Cosmos and possibly other NASL teams can pose a threat to the reputation of MLS if any are able to boast of higher soccer quality.
The NASL is staying afloat, but that seems to be it. Promises made by franchises have fallen through and the rumor of an L.A. franchise appears to be only that-a rumor. It's been more than 3 months seem the rumor got tossed out there in the pro soccer blogosphere.
Now there is news of USL, the Third Division, actively pursuing Division 2. It has twice the amount of teams that the NASL has and it has an official partnership with MLS.
There are no official partnerships at all between MLS and NASL or USL and NASL.
So, did MLS make a mistake sending a notice to Las Vegas of not having an interest until after 2018?
Did MLS' rejection of Las Vegas just save NASL?
If Las Vegas harbors any resentment towards MLS, joining forces with NASL would be one good way to send a message.
Who knows, but there is NASL history already with Las Vegas. It was only for one season in 1977, as the Quicksilvers. The great Eusebio played on that team.