NASL Notes: Downs stepping aside, Stars on verge of being ousted and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The 2012 season will be NASL Commissioner David Downs' last.

Downs is set to leave his post with NASL at the end of the current campaign, the league announced Thursday. Downs has served as the league's commissioner for its first two seasons, but he intends to retire and move from Miami back to the New York area once the NASL Championship Series concludes. Downs will reportedly assist the league in its transition to a new commissioner.

During his two years in charge, Downs has helped the league grow after trying times threatened to shut it down. As Downs told SBI earlier this year, attendance has gone up, even if only slightly, and the addition of the San Antonio Scorpions has been great in terms of filling the void left behind by the Montreal Impact.

Here are more notes from NASL:

MINNESOTA STARS' PLACE IN JEOPARDY

The Minnesota Stars FC are still in the hunt to repeat as NASL champions, but even that will not guarantee them a spot in the league next year.

The Stars still are without an owner and the introduction of the New York Cosmos for the 2013 season is putting Minnesota's place in NASL in jeopardy. The league operated the Stars this season and last, but new ownership needs to be found by Oct. 27 in order for Minnesota to assure itself of a place in NASL in 2013. NASL Commissioner David Downs recently cited the lack of ownership, financial restrictions and poor attendance as the team's issues right now.

ROWDIES' HILL NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR

The Tampa Bay Rowdies have enjoyed a successful campaign in 2012 and head coach Ricky Hill has played a big part in making that happen.

Having guided the Rowdies to a second-place finish in the regular season, Hill earned the inaugural NASL Coach of the Year award as voted by media across the nation. The Rowdies ended up just two points shy of first place in the standings and lost just twice in their final 17 matches.

Hill edged out regular season champion San Antonio Scorpions head coach Tim Hankinson for the honors.

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What do you make of Downs' departure? Worried about the Stars' future? Think Hill was the right choice for Coach of the Year?

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10 Responses to NASL Notes: Downs stepping aside, Stars on verge of being ousted and more

  1. SilverRey says:

    Hey Ives, will you give us a breakdown comparison on how NASL and USL leagues did this year? It would be interesting to see how they are doing as far as player salary and team sustainability. Is there any difference in fan base?

    I know the idea was to have them each represent a different division under MLS within the US system. Is that really how it’s turning out?

  2. DCLee says:

    Would be interesting!

  3. bigprof says:

    minnesota has no fans. any team w/no fans should not be propped up, whether it was dallas fc from 3 yrs ago or a team in nasl.

  4. seamonster says:

    Yep, Minnesota’s attendance is up 40% this year and there’s no fans.

  5. seamonster says:

    Kenn.com has the attendance numbers for D2 NASL and USL. There were two teams worse than Minnesota in attendance this year in NASL, seven in USL Pro (with 2 fewer games but maybe only Richmond would have passed them with 2 more).

    link to kenn.com

  6. Couldn’t Orlando City be “promoted” to the NASL? They seem to have all their ducks in a row and with ambitions to expand to MLS, a move to the NASL seems only logical..

  7. b says:

    These Vikings idiots better buy the Minnesota Stars if they want a MLS team eventually. If they don’t it pretty much proves that they only want another stadium tenant and have no interest in soccer.

  8. NC Jeff says:

    If you had 10 cents in your pocket yesterday, but 14 cents in your pocket today, you have 40% more money in your pocket. However, you STILL have just 14 cents in your pocket.

    Being the reining champs., yet averaging just 2650, may be a 40% increase, but it’s still an average of just 2650 despite being the reining champs.

  9. NE REVS says:

    I’d still say the Stars are in slightly better shape than DC and my Revs.

  10. OC is trying to “jump” to MLS, we can presume to spite the NASL which they were part of as the Austin Aztex.