USL Notebook: NASL Defectors Meet Again

By ANTHONY J. MERCED

imgresThe Tampa Bay Rowdies and Ottawa Fury have found a new home in the United Soccer League after departing the North American Soccer. They renew that acquaintance at TD Place Stadium in Canada’s capital city on Saturday afternoon.

The Rowdies (4-2-1, 13 points) are tied on points with Charleston atop the Eastern Conference standings. The Fury (1-2-2, 5) are wallowing near the bottom of the table. Both teams entered the league with different goals: The Rowdies are seeking entry to Major League Soccer, while Ottawa is looking for build a foundation while minimizing costs.

A win for Tampa Bay would pad its three-game unbeaten streak. Scoring goals has been an issue for the Fury, who have five in five games.

Nashville Gets New Owner, New Money

Nashville SC hasn’t played a game yet but it has a new owner in the businessman John R. Ingram. Ingram acquired a majority stake in DMD Soccer, effectively becoming the owner of the team. The team is scheduled to debut in 2018, and of course there is talk of landing an MLS expansion team.

“We plan to give Nashville SC fans an exceptional soccer experience,” Ingram said. “The mission of DMD Soccer are now jointly committed to elevate and expand professional soccer in Music City.”

DMD Soccer has also acquired Premier Development League and U23 teams to round out its system.

Flooding Postpones St. Louis-Rochester Game

Toyota Stadium was left in bad shape after the Meramec River flooded in Missouri. Saturday’s game between St. Louis and the Rochester Rhinos was postponed on Wednesday and will be made up later in the season.

“It is unfortunate that we find ourselves in this situation,” Patrick Barry, the St. Louis club president, said. “We will go to work in the coming days to put the World Wide Technology Soccer Park back together and in playable condition. We look forward to hosting our great fans as soon as possible.”