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On Monday, The Financial Times newspaper reported that the second-tier North American Soccer League (NASL) has launched a legal case against the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) regarding first division sanctioning.
In a nation without promotion and relegation, USSF is able to create arbitrary standards with the first-tier league MLS to determine what D1 standards should be. While the USSF is the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States, it maintains a very cozy relationship with MLS through its marketing arm, Soccer United Marketing (SUM), which works closely with US Soccer for promotion and television rights purposes.
According to The Financial Times article, proposed changes have been issued in which to qualify for Division 1, a league would need 16 teams, up from 12 under 2014 rules, per NASL. It would also have to meet a requirement that 75 per cent of its teams be based in cities with a population of more than 2 million people, up from 1 million. It adds that the requirement for all team stadiums is to meet a minimum 15,000 seat capacity for the entire league to qualify for Division I, which NASL argues is highly unreasonable.
If they don't get some money out of this lawsuit, I'm not sure how much longer they can carry on, at least as currently constituted.
I don't think the teams will run back to USL, but that the NASL may eventually collapse to make way for a new league with most of the same teams.
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I think that means about one team would qualify (Fort Lauderdale) with Ottawa qualifying after its new stadium is finished. 15,000 isn't unreasonable for Division I. Most of the MLS is well over that (except for San Jose at 10,525).
Think you missed the new Avaya Stadium. Visible from Norm Mineta San Jose Airport, BTW.
2) Traffic owns Carolina and - along with the rest of the investors - owns part of Atlanta. But they have diversity of ownership to where it's unlikely Traffic (which has already largely been gutted) going away would kill the league.
3) Ottawa has been in its "new stadium" since it was finished last summer.
4) As Pounder mentioned, San Jose has been in a new stadium since March of this year. They left Buck Shaw after last season.
Cosmos COO Erik Stover pointed a few fingers and talked about the legal threat... and, let's face it, that's designed to influence the standards decision before a lawsuit "needs" to come about.
The fun part... from Stover:
This didn't escape the notice of the article's writer, Andrew Das. He tweeted:Stover highlighted the collusion with a damning accusation, pointing a finger at MLS and U.S. Soccer for “planting” an article in the New York Times to hurt the NASL. The story in question focuses on the FIFAGate scandal hitting the shores of the U.S. in the form of a fan protest against the Traffic Sports’ owned Carolina RailHawks — a key player in the FIFA scandal.
“They put that article in the paper,” Stover insisted. “That is what we are going to be dealing with and I know we will be ready for the fight”
So we must ask if Stover prefers ketchup, A1, or maybe a bernaise with his crow.Team/Stover is free to clarify. I have had my say privately. Needless to say, I disagree...
"Though I invite @ErikStoverNYC and @NYCosmos to clarify. Soon."
@AndrewDasNYT I apologize for my poor choice of words. It was not my intention or inclination to challenge the integrity of the Times. 1/3
@AndrewDasNYT In an effort to be open and transparent with our fans, I expressed a personal opinion in response to a question. 2/3
@AndrewDasNYT I was careless in making my point and I honestly feel that the NYT article I referenced was fair and balanced. 3/3