Four teams are leaving the MISL and are reported to be aligning with the 20-team Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL), which thus could grow to 24 in the next season. Those departing teams are the Baltimore Blast, Rochester Lancers, Syracuse Silver Knights and the 2013 Champion Missouri Comets.
The remaining three MISL teams are the Milwaukee Wave, St. Louis Ambush and the Pennsylvania Roar.
The USL acquired the MISL in May 2011.
“The MISL is undertaking a process of comprehensively reviewing all aspects of the property including its membership, competitive product, and economic model," reads the MISL statement. "Fundamental to the resulting reforms that will be implemented is ensuring that our most important partners, the team owners, not only share our vision, but are also capable of meeting the operational, economic, and legal standards of participating in a high-level indoor professional soccer league. As a result, several teams that possess a different philosophy on how to structure and operate an indoor professional soccer league will not be returning to the MISL.
The MISL refuses to compromise or otherwise relax its standards as a shortcut to increasing its number of teams in the immediate-term, and to the contrary believes that this is the proper time for the ownership standards to be increased in order to best position this league for long-term success. If that means it becomes necessary for us to not have a 2014-15 season schedule in order to ensure that we can fully complete a process of rebuilding a strong and committed membership of ambitious team owners, then that is a route we are prepared to pursue."
PASL regards the split as opportunity
A new larger league might schedule more geographically clustered teams and thus reduce travel costs.
“There’s a great opportunity to have a united front for our sport. I’m very confident a deal is going to get done,” PASL Commissioner Kevin Milliken told the Syracuse Post-Standard. “We’re just in the infancy of it. Everybody is really motivated to get something done. I don’t really see anything that will hold it up.”