NASL announced that it’s moving the start date for the 2018 season from April to August, a shift that many U.S. soccer fans have been calling for from every professional league in the States.
The only problem? The change isn’t primarily to align with the FIFA calendar.
It’s no secret that the North American Soccer League has been struggling. Last year, a federal judge denied the league’s request for an injunction against the U.S. Soccer Federation to grant NASL Division 2 status. Since then, the league has been taking on water with no relief in sight. Four teams have jumped ship since last season and newcomer 1904 FC just hinted it may not be able to start until 2019.
All signs are pointing toward NASL folding, but with the constantly-evolving nature of U.S. soccer, that could change quickly.
If the league can somehow find a way to revive itself before the fall, the move could be the catalyst U.S. Soccer needs to change its other leagues’ schedules.
New England Revolution hosting LA Galaxy in January? We can’t wait.