January 22, 2008
Seattle's USL-1 Replacement Found
With Seattle's impending move from the USL-1 to MLS in 2009, a hole was left as the USL First Division would have been knocked down to 10 teams. (The California Victory, who won't field a team this season, are uncertain to return in 2009.)
However, a new team has been announced, bring the league to a least 11 teams for 2009. The new suitor will play in Texas as the Austin Aztex.
According to the team's website, the team will be owned by Phil Rawlins, one of the owners of Stoke City F.C. in the Coca-Cola Championship. As we've continually heard the rumors of English teams buying into the USL, this is just another one that's gone through (i.e., Crystal Palace Baltimore).
Don't expect this to be the last English team to establish themselves in the USL, as there are also whispers of West Ham establishing a club in Florida.
Aside from the ownership and logo of the team, nothing has been established as far as a coach or even a stadium. However, the team will be taking over the direction of the Austin Stampede of the PDL, who will become the Austin Aztex U23s.
What do you think Nation? A good move or a bad move for the USL?