Category: USSF

Rocco Commisso speaks out about Steve Malik and USSF

Rocco Commisso on buying the Cosmos, NASL’s sanctioning and North Carolina FC’s Steve Malik New York Cosmos Owner and Chairman Rocco Commisso recently spoke exclusively to World Soccer Talk about the state of the North American Soccer League (NASL) that his club plays in, which has been sanctioned as a second division by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) since 2011. On September 1, 2017 at the USSF Board meeting that preceded the United States humiliating 2-0 World Cup Qualifying loss to Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena, NASL was denied a continuation at the Division 2 level for 2018 ... Read more

HBO special on Tom Byer’s plan to rescue American men’s soccer is a must-watch

HBO’s special begins with footage of the United States Men’s National Team being defeated by Trinidad and Tobago in the final World Cup qualifier from the CONCACAF Hex. Seconds later, USSF presidential candidate Kyle Martino utters the words, “US Soccer thinks they have all the answers. And they’re not, in its current iteration, willing to ask the experts for help. On the men’s side, that’s been catastrophic.” From the beginning of this 13-minute special that will air on HBO tonight on the show Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, the broadcast is spellbinding. But instead of rehashing the reasons why the ... Read more

Antitrust lawsuit: NASL dug its own grave despite USSF-MLS collusion

What do investors in soccer do when they’ve made one bad business decision after another? And to make matters worse, when they’ve shifted from one rhetorical strategy to another? Sue their governing body, of course! This is the path the North American Soccer League (NASL) has chosen to justify the league’s complete failure to create a stable and successful second division that works within the confines of US Soccer. After seven seasons as a sanctioned Division II league, NASL was informed on September 1, 2017 that they would not be approved as a D II league by the United States ... Read more

Football: NASL sues US soccer over division status switch

New York (AFP) – The North American Soccer League filed a federal anti-trust lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation on Tuesday, accusing the body of unfairly revoking the league’s Division 2 status. The NASL, which was reborn as a professional league in 2010, lodged its lawsuit in Brooklyn just weeks after the league was stripped of Division 2 status by the USSF. Under USSF regulations, a league’s division status is determined according to different criteria, including the number of teams in a league, the stadium capacity of each team and minimum financial resources of team owners. The USSF had ... Read more

World Soccer Talk supports Miami FC and Kingston Stockade FC’s case for arbitration against USSF

Last week, two US-based soccer clubs, Miami FC and the Kingston Stockade FC, filed a claim with the Court of Arbitration on Sport (CAS) to require the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) to to follow FIFA’s rules by adopting promotion and relegation within the US Soccer pyramid. We at World Soccer Talk endorse this move by Miami FC and the Kingston Stockade. This isn’t meant a shot at the top-tier US league, Major League Soccer (MLS). In fact, were it not for the persistence of MLS owners and their invest millions of dollars in the sport, we may not have top level ... Read more

US Soccer Federation faces three critical short-term issues

Sunil Gulati is entering perhaps the most critical three-week period of his tenure as US Soccer Federation (USSF) President today. Gulati, who has served since 2006 as the leader of the governing body for the sport in the United States, faces three separate and distinct challenges he must navigate through. 1- US Women’s Equal Pay The ongoing controversy over a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) hit a new level of national conversation Sunday with the airing of a feature on the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes. At issue is why exactly the World ... Read more

Without promotion/relegation, USSF is holding back growth of soccer argues report

A new report from one of the most respected analyst firms in the world has sent a loud and clear message to the US Soccer Federation — by preventing promotion/relegation from happening in the United States, the USSF is holding back the growth of soccer in this country. The Deloitte report suggests that as the MLS franchise model reaches maturity, a revised structure can advance the long-term health of the US soccer system. In doing so, US Soccer has a major opportunity to capitalize on growing US interest in soccer and stimulate further growth in the professional club game in the ... Read more

Slow ticket sales for Copa America could hurt USA’s World Cup 2026 chances

Photo credit: USA TODAY Sports Images Usually when major soccer tournaments come to new regions, one of the barometers of success is in the form of ticket sales. One of the pillars of a future US World Cup would be that major ticket sales would fill up gigantic stadiums across the country. This Copa America Centenario tournament, with 16 teams including several elite national teams and effectively two host nations, should be an indicator of the appetite for a future World Cup. Unfortunately, despite ticket sales expected to beat Copa America records, the early signs aren’t necessarily promising. As US Men’s National ... Read more