Here is the Question from yesterday: What outdoor soccer organization that exists today began as a five-team indoor league?
Led by Francisco Marcos, the Southwest Indoor Soccer League started in 1986 with teams in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Amarillo, Texas; Garland, Texas; Lubbock, Texas; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It added teams and an outdoor schedule, gradually giving up indoor soccer for a time. The number of teams grew so much that the league split into different divisions and was renamed a couple times until it settled on United Soccer Leagues. It now governs USL Pro and several other leagues below Major League Soccer.
Excerpt from The First American Soccer Trivia Book by Jamie Clary; Copyright 2007 FreeFalling Graffiti; www.soccerprofessor.com
On to a couple of tv notes. First, America’s club soccer network, NBC, while offer 6 hours of Major League Soccer programming this year. From the official press release: “NBCSN presents six hours of MLS coverage, beginning on Friday evening with a new episode of MLS Insider. This Friday’s show features the emotional story of New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis and his family’s experience at the 2013 Boston Marathon at 7:30 p.m. ET, and will be followed by the Western Conference match between two playoff-bound clubs, Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake, at 10 p.m. ET. Saturday’s coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET with a new MLS 36 featuring New York Red Bulls’ midfielder Dax McCarty and the New York Red Bulls hosting rivals D.C. United at 8 p.m. ET.”
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