01/07/2010 2:21 PM
AUSTIN, Tex. (Thursday, January 07, 2010) – The United States Soccer Federation announced today that an agreement has been reached between the United Soccer Leagues and the North American Soccer League that will ensure a 2010 professional soccer season for the Austin Aztex. The new league will consist of two conferences with six teams in each for a total of 12 teams for the upcoming season. The 2010 season will kick off in April and run through late September.
After months of deliberation between the USL and the NASL, the USSF took it into its hands to bring the two sides together. The new Division II league will be administered by USSF and will play a schedule consisting of 30-32 matches. The USL Conference will consist of the Austin Aztex, Minnesota, Portland Timbers, Puerto Rico Islanders, Rochester Rhinos, and the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The NASL Conference will consist of AC St. Louis, Baltimore Crystal Palace, Carolina Railhawks, Miami FC, Montreal Impact, and the Vancouver Whitecaps. The schedule will include interconference play.
“I’m very delighted that we have a resolution for a second division soccer league,” said Aztex president Phil Rawlins. “I want to thank the United States Soccer Federation for stepping in and allowing common sense to prevail in this situation. With 12 quality teams in our league, we are looking forward to a very competitive and very exciting season.”