The timing of this seems strange to me, next season what will FSC even have to show after they lose the EPL? Aren't these the league rights for next season?
German: GolTV ?
I guess I can hope they get rights to the Bundesliga. It seems strange that FSC gets moved to the general package, a move they would theoretically have been wanting for years to get more subscriber money, right when they are at their lowest value.
I would wager that it has something to do with Speed rebranding as Fox Sports One later in 2013. One could surmise that Fox Soccer could rebrand as Fox Sports Two or Three and branch out from being soccer-only around the same time for reasons you outlined. Fox has been slowing amassing other sports content in the build up of Fox Sports One and Fox Soccer and Fuel could act as secondary channels that compliment the main one.