It's a scene right out of Celebrity Zillions, albeit without Tom Cruizes and Billy Crystals.

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Las Vegas Lights brought a whole lot of Vegas to the pitch early Sunday morning after a 2-1 loss to LA Galaxy II in USL action.

The Lights got a goal from former Whitecaps and Guadalajara man Omar Salgado in the loss, but the real entertainment came once the final whistle blew at Cashman Field.

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Vegas is 7W-6D-14L in its inaugural season, but we grade them a solid B+ for marketing and chaos if this promotion is indicative of their promotional game plan.

I mean, it’s not quite disco demolition night, but, “Hey fans, who wants to duck under a whirlybird and scramble for cash” is right up there.

It’s a scene right out of “Celebrity Zillions,” albeit without Tom Cruizes and Billy Crystals.

Orlando City B returns to USL, this time as D-3 founding member
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The growth of leagues underneath Major League Soccer has been fun to watch, especially since the trend has been upward following the dour demise of the North American Soccer League (for now).

Orlando City B is the latest club to (re)launch itself into the sub-MLS stratosphere, announcing its status as a founding member of the USL D-3 project. OCB sat out the 2018 USL season.

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OCB joins Toronto FC 2, FC Tucson, South Georgia Tormenta FC, Greenville Triumph FC, and yet-to-be nicknamed Madison Pro Soccer and Chattanooga Pro Soccer.

That brings the number of USL Division III teams to seven.

A good note and a lesser note, below.

Positive: I love the interlocking script of OC on the logo, and am glad they kept the crest (albeit this leads to the negative).

Negative: If we want to grow the game below the MLS level, it’s not going to come by asking interested fans to get fired up to go see a match against another club’s B or 2 side.

This works in the baseball model, with affiliates getting star players on rehab stints or up-and-coming prospects, where AAA clubs like the Iowa Cubs clearly keep Chicago’s branding, so a dissenting viewpoint says perhaps it can work via familiarity.

But it seems so easy that OCB could be Central Florida SC instead of Orlando City B. The 2 model, at least, is practiced in Germany, though clubs facing Borussia Dortmund II or FC St. Pauli II know they can win promotion to the next level by defeating said foes.

Rochester Rhinos to move to USL D-3, return by 2020

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Another domino has fallen in the construction of USL D-3, albeit unlikely for the inaugural 2019 season.

The Rochester Rhinos are going to drop down from USL to the league’s D-III iteration by the 2020 season, and have been approved by the league as a member.

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On hiatus this season under new owners David and Wendy Dworkin, the Rhinos are one of the standard bearers for soccer in the U.S.

USL D-III has announced six teams for 2019: Chattanooga Pro Soccer, Toronto FC II, South Georgia Tormenta FC, FC Tucson, Greenville Triumph SC, and Madison Pro Soccer.

Rochester will leave its downtown soccer-specific stadium, leaving by the end of the year, and are committed to building a new facility in the suburbs. From

The Dworkins continued, “Along with our decision to vacate the stadium, we have also determined that fielding the Rhinos in our current Division II league is not sustainable locally at this time. While we are disappointed that the Rhinos will no longer be playing in Division II; we remain committed to keeping professional soccer in our community and building upon its rich history in this region. To that end, the USL has approved our inclusion in USL Division III, subject to a suitable stadium plan, along with community and business support.

The Rhinos opened what is now called Marina Auto Stadium in 2006, six years after winning the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. They remain the last non-MLS team to win the tournament.

Rochester also won the USL A-League in 1998, 2000, and 2001, as well as league titles in 2010 and 2015.

The club averaged more than 10,000 fans per game between 1996 and 2007, but have not averaged more than 6,000 since 2012. Their last two seasons saw average attendances of 3,655 and 2,031.

There’s been plenty of talk that the decline in attendance was down to their pretty great stadium being built in a rough part of town. Rochester has still produced good talent from its youth ranks and plenty of league titles, so perhaps a shiny new multi-sport complex can help the Rhinos restore themselves to glory. We’ll cheers to that.

USL D-III applies for USSF sanctioning with “at least 10” teams

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The USL’s D-III project will have at least 10 teams for its inaugural season next summer.

That’s one of the details from the league’s Tuesday announcement that it had applied to the United States Soccer Federation for Division III sanctioning.

The deadline for sanctioning applications is Wednesday.

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Already announced as USL D-III teams are Greenville Triumph, South Georgia Tormenta FC, FC Tucson, Toronto FC II, Chattanooga Pro Soccer, and Madison Pro Soccer.

USL CEO Alec Papadakis says the league is aiming for 24 teams by its third campaign in 2021, and says the other four teams are in “proven” and “thriving” markets.

“As a professional league, we are committed to providing a thrilling experience for fans and a top-notch experience for players – and a proper stadium plays a major role in that experience,” Papadakis continued. “USL Division III features two clubs – South Georgia Tormenta FC and Greenville Triumph SC – building new soccer-specific stadiums, equating to more than $30 million in construction and design, and much more in local economic impact. The league also features clubs utilizing and renovating existing infrastructure to provide the best experience while revitalizing community assets.”

Pure speculation, but could the league be adding some of the top PDL teams or some of USL or MLS-2 sides? Charleston Battery, Swope Park Rangers, clubs of that ilk could join, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Rochester Rhinos return from hiatus in the division.

Chattanooga named as latest USL D3 founding franchise

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As expected, the USL’s new D-III division is coming to Chattanooga.

Businessman Bob Martino’s yet to be named Chattanooga Pro Soccer will compete with established NPSL side Chattanooga FC, which has averaged 4,000-plus fans and helped open the area’s soccer scene to include USMNT and USWNT games.

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Chattanooga joins Toronto FC II, Tormenta FC (Georgia), FC Tucson, and fellow unnamed clubs in Madison (Wisc.) and Greenville (S.C.) as founding members for 2019.

The USL lauded “up to 40 full-time jobs,” more media awareness, and a longer season for the professional league that come with the announcement.

Martino is behind the move, the Utah businessman excited to bring professional soccer to Chattanooga. From

“This is a fantastic opportunity and watershed moment for soccer fans in Chattanooga,” said Bob Martino. “This market has proven that it has the right ingredients to launch and sustain a professional franchise, and we are excited to take this next step into USL Division III for fans and the community.

“I applaud the existing grassroots support and passionate fan base already in place in the city, and I welcome the opportunity for us to work together to realize the great vision for professional soccer in Chattanooga. Our goal is to build upon the remarkable soccer history that has been created here, and establish a professional club of which both fans and our community can be proud – one that will make a lasting contribution to what makes this city great.”

Martino’s group will have a careful balancing act should it secure Finley Stadium, where CFC plays, and his phrasing shows the challenge that will come with convincing an established fan base to latch onto something new and shiny. It wouldn’t be the first time a name league’s expansion team knocked an established club off its perch.

There’s been no update from Sean McDaniel, who left the CFC general manager position last week when reports broke of USL D-III’s entry into the Chattanooga market. Earlier in the week, he told ProSoccerTalk that would release an announcement later this week.