Don't you think it's time I get more soccer info up here? Well, I need some help. How is it I never heard of the 30-year-old United Soccer League (USL). Is the USL the minors? MLS draws bigger crowds. Help, someone, please.
USL1 and USL2 seasons start today.
What is USL1? Answer from their site:
USL’s highest level of professional soccer in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean. The 2008 campaign features a 11-team format playing 30 regular season matches, 15 home and 15 away. The USL First Division schedule is augmented by participation in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and various exhibitions. The development of stadiums and world-class players from over 35 countries provides affordable family entertainment for over one million fans each year.
That doesn't tell me what I need to know so let's move to a place that does make sense to me, USL1 Teams and their Home Stadiums:
Atlanta Silverbacks - RE/MAX Greater Atlanta Stadium
Carolina RailHawks - WakeMed Soccer Park
Charleston Battery - Blackbaud Stadium
While members can enjoy food served at the Three Lion's Pub (second floor of the stadium), all Battery patrons can enjoy pre and post-game dining at Queen Anne's Revenge, a renowned Steak & Seafood restaurant located on Daniel Island near Blackbaud Stadium.
Miami FC Blues - Tropical Park Stadium
Minnesota Thunder - National Sports Center
Montreal Impact - Saputo Stadium
Portland Timbers - PGE Park
Puerto Rico Islanders - Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium
Rochester Rhinos - PAETEC Park
Thirty-two points of sale within five permanent Stadium concession stands and also offers food and drink at various mobile concession kiosks. In addition, concessions will be available via vendors walking the stands. Concession stands are operated by Delaware North Sportservice.
Seattle Sounders - Starfire Complex
[in 2009 the Sounders will be in QWest Field - A variety of delicious food and beverage choices are available through the stadium’s concession stands and restaurants, provided by Levy Restaurants. There are 38 permanent concession stands and 40 portable carts located throughout the stadium. All concession stands in the stadium are ADA-compliant and open 2 hours prior to kickoff. Additionally, all permanent concession stands accept credit card payment. Qwest Field and Event Center proudly serves Jones Soda and Anheuser-Busch products and is host to local outside vendors such as Ivars, Kidd Valley and Taco Del Mar.]
Vancouver Whitecaps- Swangard Stadium
more info to come. please feel free to write in and help us out.