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USL announced a new team in League One called the Central Valley Fuego that will begin in 2022. The team will (hopefully?) be based in Fresno, though if the current stadium plan falls through it sounds like they could build a stadium somewhere outside of town closer to Madera.

Fresno FC played in 2018 and 2019 in the USL Championship, but folded after stadium troubles. The name of the new club is a callback to the old Fresno Fuego, which was an amateur PDL team that was active from 2003 to 2017 and unlike most clubs at that level it actually had a decent following.

This would be the westernmost team in the league for now. USL still has a lot of work to do to build out this league — currently, the closest clubs to Fresno are in Tucson, Dallas, and Omaha.

 

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Time for USL to make some phone calls.

 

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Good news: NCFC is dropping to USL League One, not folding.

 

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The USL League One twitter account hinted at this earlier today and now the local press breaks the story: Northern Colorado FC will join the league in 2022.


The basics are that the team will play in Windsor, CO (halfway between Fort Collins and Greeley) at a large sports complex that will also accommodate a minor league baseball team. The combined population of the Fort Collins & Greeley metropolitan areas (nearly 700k) is actually rather solid for League One, but I always wonder if a stadium is better in Windsor, which is between the two and about 30 mins from each, or if it's better to go closer to one of the downtowns.
 

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USL Championship announced Monterey Bay FC for 2022.

This ownership group failed with Fresno FC and are now giving it a go in a smaller market. We'll see.

 

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USL put out a press release about the progress that has been made the large Pawtucket redevelopment that includes a proposed soccer stadium. I don't know how close this actually is, but this potential expansion team seems high on the USL priority list.

 

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Chicago is getting ready to launch a NISA team. This could be fun. Projected kickoff in August.

They have been running a tournament style bracket to name the team and have ended up with the rather blah options of Point Chicago or Chicago House.

Some of the excellent options that fell to the wayside: Second City FC, Chicago Wild Onions, du Sable Chicago, Chicago Defenders, and the Chicago Sting (not sure who owns that trademark these days). Naturally, Chicago Dish beat out Chicago Tavern Style. And I can’t believeI never thought of this - when the pandemic ends and we get the 7v7 leagues going again, definitely using the name Chicago Seven.

They do have a sleek black & gold color scheme.
 

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I don't get either of those two finalist names, but hopefully that's just because I don't live in Chicago.

I'm a Negative Nancy about NISA who I see as a half notch better than a vaporware league. If I'm a NISA club, I'm hoping to build enough gravitas to eventually be accepted into USL before NISA goes defunct, à la Oakland Roots. Most clubs in the league have minimal community or online presence. Detroit City and Chattanooga FC have the most momentum, but both of them are "problematic" fits for USL.
 

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I don't get either of those two finalist names, but hopefully that's just because I don't live in Chicago.

I'm a Negative Nancy about NISA who I see as a half notch better than a vaporware league. If I'm a NISA club, I'm hoping to build enough gravitas to eventually be accepted into USL before NISA goes defunct, à la Oakland Roots. Most clubs in the league have minimal community or online presence. Detroit City and Chattanooga FC have the most momentum, but both of them are "problematic" fits for USL.
"House" maybe because Chicago is where house music originated? But Point - I have no fucking clue. It doesn't even sound cool.

Peter Wilt is the mover & shaker behind this club. He's got a long track record and knows the midwest pro soccer scene as well, if not better than anyone else. Aside from a rich guy with money to burn, Wilt's probably in the best position to pull this off.

That said, Mansueto has mentioned in recent interviews that the Fire has long-term plans to establish a USL club; they are currently affiliated with Forward Madison. Maybe Wilt's play is to establish the club and get bought up by the Fire?
 
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I don't really understand Peter Wilt's career arc. If some people fail upward, he has succeeded downward. It seems like he just likes starting clubs from scratch, and then moves on, and somehow he's now involved with a ragtag operation like NISA.