Wednesday, September 5

LD Update: NASL adopts split season; USL Pro award finalists

The big news of the day was the announcement from the North American Soccer League that it is altering its competitive structure to a two-season format in which the spring season will be held from March to July 4 followed by a 3-4 week break before the fall season commences.

Each session will have a balanced home-and-away schedule with the two winners meeting at the home location of the spring champion following the conclusion of the fall session the first week of November.

The new format, chosen unanimously by the NASL Board of Governors in late August, allows clubs to play non-league matches during the break.

NASL News: Fort Lauderdale Strikers midfielder Michael Tetteh was suspended an additional game (two total) for his red card Saturday.

USL Pro News: The league unveiled the finalists for Most Valuable Player as well as the year's best coach, defender, goalkeeper and rookie. Regular season champion Orlando City has someone in contention for all but the Rookie of the Year honor, including two of three vying for MVP. Teammates Dennis Chin and Kevin Molina will be competing against one another as well as Wilmington's Corey Hertzog.

MISL News: Former Sporting KC player Craig Rocastle is returning to the Missouri Comets after a stint with Thrasyvoulos of the Greek Second Division, where he earned nine game MVP honors in 17 matches.


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