From the USL Championship to League One to League Two, we have your 2020 USL Preview with Ryan Madden. Madden, Vice-President of Communications and Public Relations for the league, chats about this growing organization.
How does each division fit within the overall USL strategy? Madden shares how each USL League embraces its purpose to grow the game across the country.
For instance, USL League Two provides young players a chance to experience what a professional team environment is like. Additionally, the fans get an affordable option to see the future stars of the game. The formula seems to be successful, as thousands in smaller markets flock to clubs they can call their own.
USL League One has become an option for MLS teams wishing to field a reserve or under-23 squad. Ryan Madden shares some big success stories of this increasingly competitive division.
Thanks to slow but consistent growth, the USL Championship continues to call more and more cities “home.” Due to its rising popularity, more clubs are building soccer-specific stadiums. With a proven track record, the USL (as a whole) continues to see significant involvement and investment by major soccer figures. Soccer legends have become owners, coaches, and even players again!
Despite years of a lower profile, the USL has certainly evolved. Ryan Madden talks about the recent broadcast and streaming agreement with the ESPN Networks. Madden discusses just how much programming will be available for fans in 2020. Thanks to its product and loyal fans, the USL has become a valuable broadcast asset.
Before the World Cup hits North American shores in 2026, Madden believes there will be even further growth of the organization. He attributes much of this confidence to quality soccer and a viable business model.
We hope you’ve enjoyed a look at your 2020 USL Preview.