The past two years have seen several attempts at upstart professional lacrosse leagues. With each league failing for various reasons, that doesn’t mean more attempts won’t be made, and it appears that another league will at least be attempted.
The United States Lacrosse League might be the worst kept secret in lacrosse right now. The league has been working since May and the past few weeks have seen various leaks of information such as an official website and a Facebok page with over 250 likes from respected members of the lacrosse world.
The Facebook page says the league will begin league play in the fall of 2014 and have eight teams. ILWT sources suggest that several former PLL and NALL teams could be in play for the new league, while there has been some speculation that several CILL clubs have shown interest in the early stage start up.
Earlier in the week the Kentucky Stickhorses of the NALL shared a USLL Facebook status, another sure indication. If you were still unsure, the league’s website lists former Kentucky owner Anthony Chase as the league commissioner and former New Jersey Rascals (PLL) owner Nick Desrosiers as the chairman. The advisory board lists Ted Glynn, the former owner of the Reading Rockets (PLL). Our sources tell us that we could see teams like the Chicago Outlaws and Colorado Sabertooths of the CILL join the league, and that we will see teams in northeastern locations like Boston, Hartford, New Jersey, Baltimore and Pennsylvania. Some other teams have fallen through in locations in Connecticut and New York as well. If Colorado and Chicago join the league there will need to be two more teams, and one of them would be in Hershey, according to a source.
The league is meant to be an American lacrosse league and support mostly American players while not competing with the NLL, CLax or MLL. Free agents can register with the league here, http://www.theusll.com/free-agent-registration/, though no official league announcement has been made.