Can you see their point? RBII averages <1,000, in a league with a dozen teams drawing >4K per game.
If it wasnt attendance, there would be something else griped about. Jealously exists across all lines.
Agreed. USL needs MLS, and has to live with the current format. If MLS withdrew from USL and formed its own reserve league, would USL be viable?
I could see their point if so many other MLS 2 sides weren't so much worse.
There are plenty of MLS 2 teams that are perennial bottom feeders, who don't really have a dedicated, right-sized facilities, playing with rosters that are a mish-mash of whatever academy kids aren't on family vacations that weekend and guys from the senior roster who can't crack the 18.
The only legitimate criticism you can lob at RBNY II is that they don't do well at the gate. But they're among the USL's best teams, offer development opportunities for guys 16-24 who go on to play at all levels of the game and have stable ownership. They're holding up, like, 90% of the bargain MLS and USL hammered out when these reserve teams were created. Compare that to a team like TFC II, or even Sounders 2 or Timbers 2. They're bad jokes compared to what's going on with RBNY II.
And the proposed USL D3 league isn't the MLS Reserve League, Part 2. They just want to give smaller markets/investors without a ton of money a shot. I suppose it'll be closer to the USL of old than what's going on with the league now. Truth be told, it's probably the right fit for some of the MLS 2 teams, because the parent club just doesn't want to make the investment. I think it needs to be done on a team-by-team basis. There's no reason to punish the teams that do put in the work because others don't.