Though I wasn’t one of the people pounding my silverware on the table and chanting for the USL schedule to be released, I was extremely interested to see that it might have been delayed well into next month by a really asinine wrinkle out of Charlotte.
Been wondering why the @USL schedule hasn’t come out yet, could be because @CLTIndependence can’t guarantee they can play in 2017.— Zach Hall (@zachhallco) January 26, 2017
Clearly, the January 31 deadline for this round of Major League Soccer expansion applications is a problem for the president of Charlotte Independence, Jim McPhilliamy. Having targeted MLS expansion from the launch of his USL club over two years ago, McPhilliamy is understandably upset to be on the outside of Marcus Smith’s seemingly-legitimate MLS bid, but with local politicians scrambling to understand what’s being asked of them as the clock winds down to zero, USL fans have been made to wonder if this is the end of the Charlotte Independence.
Thankfully, I guess, the end has been staved off for now, and it looks as though we’ll get to peek at the opening matches for each of the USL’s planned 30 teams.
#USLKickoff announcement coming soon, stay tuned— Jake Edwards (@EdwardsUSL) January 27, 2017
Color me curious.