(as an aside, the PDL telling the Mobsters they'll be playing in a division where the longest road trip is five hours and instead playing them in a division where the shortest trip was six hours, is some crappy BS)
Where were we? Right, the UPSL. The UPSL was formed in 2011 and operate under the auspices of the USASA (United States Adult Soccer Association). The league would be considered in the fifth-tier of the "soccer pyramid". They're currently in a pretty big period of expansion as they are planning on having clubs in the Northeast as well as the Midwest.
So what does the Mobsters in the UPSL mean for the team and for us, as supporters? Let's break it down Pros/Cons-style:
PRO- First and foremost the lack of serious travel will allow the club to focus their resources on player training, which can only be good. And the Mobsters still do plan on some away-match friendlies as well as bringing out-of-area teams in to play.
CON- Having all the teams being super-local may make it seem more of a "rec-league" than a traditional league. Although in say London there are half a dozen teams in the same city and it works just fine there.
PRO- More games! The UPSL plays two seasons per year; Sep-Feb & Mar-Jul (this may be subject to change) We believe there are twelve games per "season", plus 4-5 pre-season matches. Plus even the away games will be easy to get to as they'll be in town. That's way better than 7 home PDL games crammed into 2 1/2 months.
CON- It could be game overkill; not everyone will be able to do a game every single week. A lot of soccer is not a bad problem to have, though.
PRO- There is now an easier road to get into the US Open Cup, which is the longest ongoing national soccer tournament in the US.
CON- None. The Open Cup is a fantastic competition that any club in the states can win. Imagine a deep run by the Mobsters...sigh.
So overall we're pretty stoked by the change. We'll certainly miss our PDL rivalries (hoping the Copa Frontera will be able to continue in some form) and it may take a bit for the prestige of the UPSL to be on par with the higher-tier leagues but to be in on the ground floor of something that just may become huge is exciting. So bring it UPSL! COME ON YOU MOB!