by Scotty Smith
As we have speculated for months, Memphis City appears to be heading for the USL PDL. There has not been an official announcement, but the words “Memphis City” have appeared on the official Southern Conference map released by the league.
There are several things of interest here:
1. This all but solidifies the rumor that Memphis City would join forces with the new USL team. It will be interesting to see if that will be as a U23, a reserve team, or an independent partner.
2. Memphis City will see familiar faces in conference play. Birmingham, an NPSL foe, has also made the move to PDL, and the club played a home-at-home with Brilla in 2016.
3. Peachtree City, near Atlanta, was the home of former City stud Santiago Moore last season.
4. Tri-Cities will have another in-state opponent in 2018. Since Nashville SC has apparently folded its U23 team, a Tennessee rivalry could still exist for both clubs (though it should be noted that it is literally the part of Tennessee farthest from Memphis—it’s nowhere close to here).
5. Tormenta FC is interesting simply because the Statesboro, Georgia club has made a positive impression on the USL. They were recently named the first USL Division 3 club. They will go pro in 2019, and have plans for a new stadium.
There is a lot to be excited about with this photo. It is confirmation that Memphis City lives, and will play in the 2018 season. Wake up the Squadron; I’ve got to get War Pig out of storage.