The USL rose out of the ashes of the defunct American Soccer League (1933-1983), which collapsed in early 1984. The Dallas Americans, Jacksonville Tea Men, Oklahoma City franchise, and Rochester Flash came over from the ASL and were joined by five new expansion franchises to field a league of nine clubs in 1984. The USL also announced plans to play an indoor season in the fall/winter of 1984-1985, but these plans were later cancelled.
When the league returned in the spring of 1985, six of the nine franchises had disbanded and the Houston Dynamos, one of the league’s most stable clubs, elected to operate as an independent club playing an exhibition scheduled rather than continue in the USL. This left the league with only two holdovers – the champion Ft. Lauderdale Sun (now known as the South Florida Sun) and the Dallas Americans. Oklahoma City moved to Tulsa and a new team was added in the El Paso-Juarez border region.
The league managed only a handful of games in 1985 before chronic financial problems caused the league to disband at the end of June 1985.
United Soccer League Franchises
|Franchise||Years Active||Tagged Posts|
|Buffalo Storm||1984||Tagged Posts|
|Charlotte Gold||1984||Tagged Posts|
|Dallas Americans||1984-1985||Tagged Posts|
|El Paso-Juarez Gamecocks||1985||Tagged Posts|
|Fort Lauderdale Sun||1984||Tagged Posts|
|Houston Dynamos||1984||Tagged Posts|
|Jacksonville Tea Men||1984||Tagged Posts|
|New York Nationals||1984||Tagged Posts|
|Oklahoma City Stampede||1984||Tagged Posts|
|Rochester Flash||1984||Tagged Posts|
|South Florida Sun||1985||Tagged Posts|
|Tulsa Tornados||1985||Tagged Posts|