The United States’ run in the World Cup is over. The Internet’s new hero Tim Howard couldn’t save the U.S. in the tournament, and the team is now headed back stateside.
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The World Cup will continue, though, leaving us with plenty more soccer to watch.
But, what happens when the world’s tournament is over? How can you and your family watch the beautiful game and keep up to date on American soccer?
Here’s a list of leagues to watch to help you stay in touch with soccer throughout the year:
Major League Soccer is the top domestic league in America. Packed with World Cup players — 31 of those competing in this summer’s tournament actively compete in MLS — it’s also home to some of the United States’ bigger names, like Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley and DeAndre Yedlin.
The North American Soccer League is the second-best league in the United States, featuring teams from New York, Jacksonville, Atlanta and even some in Canada. Some NASL players tend to move up to MLS, and vice versa.
The United Soccer Leagues' PRO division is the third tier of American professional soccer and often features some of America’s best youngsters as they develop. Many young players are often sent on loan from MLS clubs down to the USL.
Though the USL's Premier Development League and the National Premier Soccer League don’t have the best domestic play or top players, there are plenty of clubs in these two divisions. So it’s an easy way to find a semi-professional soccer team in your area to check out.