This does seem to mesh with everything the Ti-Cats have been saying though considering you already have Edmonton and Ottawa already in the NASL. Everybody has assumed that by 2016 Hamilton would have an NASL team but then the Ti-Cats started talk of wanting to be in a Canadian soccer league that they field a team in to help develop Canadian players. So to me it makes a lot of sense to be a Canadian division or league affiliated with the NASL.
FYI- the NASL is Division 2 soccer, MLS - Division 1 and USL is Division 3 as far as both the Canadian and American soccer federations are concerned. So this would be a Division 2 soccer league.
In terms of North American sports the NASL would be something like Triple A baseball or the AHL.
Average attendance is in the 5 - 6 thousand a game range. It currently has 10 American teams in places like Fort Lauderdale, Minnesota, San Antonio, Carolina, Virginia and Indy and two Canadian teams - Ottawa who are moving into TD Place next Sunday July 20th - and Edmonton who play in Clarke Stadium.
The city of Hamilton gave Bob Young an exclusive time frame for him and only him to bring a soccer team to THF. The city recently extended that window - and all along everybody in Hamilton assumed it would be an NASL team. At one point the discussion coming from the Ti-Cats was talk of a 'Canadian' league or division for a Hamilton Soccer team to play in. There was a thread on this in the Ti-Cats chat board and a report on Hamilton's involvement in a story in the Hamilton Spectator.
So hearing this report now - which very much seems to mesh with the goals of the Ti-Cats ownership as it relates to soccer - the goal of developing a predominantly Canadian 'league' - as a division or league somehow affiliated with the NASL - to me makes a lot of sense and gives this blog report some credence.
Here is one of the the stories from a couple months ago on this as it relates to Hamilton from The Spec - http://www.thespec.com/sports-story/450 ... al-groups/
The Cats want to have a professional soccer team playing at Tim Hortons Field by 2016 and there's some chance it will be in a Canadian or Canadian-based league.
Between 80 and 100 coaches, administrators, local league officials and Ontario Soccer Association officials will be introduced to the soccer configuration of the Pan Am Stadium at a reception, and hear how the Canadian Football League's Ticats want to be an integral part of an intensified development of local players to the highest levels: professional and national team play.
Their public silence doesn't mean the Cats have been idle on the soccer front.
They've had lay-of-the-land meetings with Mark Abbott, president of Major League Soccer, the only Division-1 league in North America; have met with Bill Peterson, commissioner of the North American Soccer League, the current Division-2 league in the U.S. (which also has teams in Edmonton and Ottawa); have spent time with the Canadian Soccer Association; and are in step with the CSA's aim of providing a place for more Canadian players to play at a higher level.
Canada is one of the world's few soccer nations — along with Wales, San Marino, Luxembourg, Andorra, Monaco and their tiny ilk — that doesn't have its own national league and also has teams playing in another country's top league: Major League Soccer teams in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.
The MLS is off-limits to Hamilton because, in a distinct echo of hockey, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment owns the territorial rights.
Division 2 is Hamilton's natural level but the North American Soccer League may not be the end game here because there is no quota for Canadian players and Mitchell, Gibson, McGrane and, above all, Cats owner Bob Young agree with the CSA that the country's dismal men's soccer results won't improve unless its pro teams are compelled to play a minimum number of Canadian players.
"The vision we all have for Canada at some point is our own league," McGrane says. "The CSA is the second oldest soccer association in the world and we don't have our own league."
The Cats aren't talking aloud about negotiations to either join or form a pro league, but are known to have contacted soccer interests in other CFL cities without MLS teams about the all-Canadian concept.