Just getting this out there, no time for extensive thoughts.
Inside MN Soccer on the fuller situation.
The TOA is clearly now the 2nd tier of the sport. Not just due to market size, but also due to the quality of the organizations involved. Not all of them, but grabbing those two Canadians counts for a lot.
Obviously there are also issues with some non-USL cities and former USL cities that the TOA could entice them. At this point if it is only 8 teams it would almost certainly be a double round robin.