Connect with us

Leagues: MLS

US Soccer’s Ruling on USL-1st/NASL Situation

The situation between the United Soccer Leagues and its former clubs has been documented for the last several months. Everything has been read and heard on this site to Inside Minnesota Soccer’s Brian Quarstad & Richard Farley’s Inside the Six podcast. The main points of this argument from the former clubs of USL-1st Division is that they want to have more freedom and help build their league for the good, while the new & old leadership of USL just wants their money for allowing these clubs to legally operate within their structure.

Well US Soccer has finally made a ruling on the situation of both parties and they have decided not to give their official o.k. to either of them. From US Soccer President Sunil Gulati here are his comments on the ruling.

“After carefully reviewing the findings from the Task Force it was clear there are still too many uncertainties for both organizations, which would be extremely difficult to resolve in a timely fashion that would allow them to prepare for the 2010 season.

In the best interest of soccer in the United States, we decided to not sanction either league at this point. However, we did encourage both leagues to come together in the next week and attempt to develop another plan which would allow a single league to be approved on a provisional basis.

We are committed to finding ways to improve the long-term viability of all leagues and teams and continue the growth of soccer in the United States.”

I have to say that this is an interesting ruling from US Soccer as we know very well that both sides are already at each others throats and any sense of both sides coming to an agreement with each other is going to take more than just a week. This situation had to be looked at very carefully from US Soccer as a simple decision couldn’t be made so quickly.

But if you really think about it, shouldn’t they have paid attention to what was going on down in the second division of club football. I understand that their World Cup Bid Committee was priority number one, but couldn’t they have allowed one of their members of the front office to keep a close eye on the situation before it escalated into something that was nearly uncontrollable?

As of now the status of Division II football is back in the air, hoping that one of these two sides can get a plan together and become a single league again. I just have a funny feeling that there will be more bickering and chaos. But if somehow both parties can come together and find a solution to this major problem then I would have to assume during the 2010 season major plans would be worked out for 2011 and either all the clubs return to the USL, or the NASL will begin and whoever is left within USL becomes Division III of Club football. What a great way to bring in the New Year isn’t it.

200+ Channels With Sports & News
  • Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
  • Watch Premier League, World Cup, Euro 2024 & more
  • Includes NBC, USA, FOX, ESPN, CBSSN & more
Live & On Demand TV Streaming
  • Price: $69.99/mo. for Entertainment package
  • Watch World Cup, Euro 2024 & MLS
  • Includes ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 + local channels
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
  • Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
  • Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & more
  • Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
2,000+ soccer games per year
  • Price: $4.99/mo
  • Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & NWSL
  • Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
  • Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
  • Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more


  1. film izle

    April 1, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I would love to see Sherk beat the crap out of Huerta’s. Heerta only game plan is wrestling and speed and he has not match for sherk. I am not a sherk fan but I would love to see this fight.

  2. Steve the Arsonist

    December 30, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Well, this will certainly help the US secure a World Cup bid.
    The money behind NASL is significately stronger than USL (which I have been a strong supporter of for years). This seems to be too close to the “reasoning” by MLS that free agency would send MLS spiraling into a spending nightmare, even though every other league with a salary cap keeps spending under control.

  3. Tim

    December 30, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Can the leagues form a loose temporary affiliation? All the teams play in the same league, while the leagues look to consolidate and expand. I thoroughly believe that there is room for potentially three fully professional soccer leagues. It is clear that neither league can compete individually at this time, so it seems to me that they must make a compromise for the upcoming season otherwise death is all but inevitable.

    How may this be done? All the NASL teams sign on to the USL for 1 more year. The NASL would make it clear though that unless major concessions were made that they still planned on creating a league on their own. USL gets to keep its first division, and will buy itself time to open new markets, so when NASL does officially separate they can still operate. NASL would be able to do the same, so it can withstand the departures of Vancouver and the expected departure of Montreal.

  4. Roger

    December 30, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    This is a very crucial time on american soccer,and I think it is a good one!

    Sometimes thigs have to get uggly in order to get better. I strongly believe that the new NASL should fight this battle to the end,they have the support of the fans, and that support will only get bigger if they fight.

    Our sport has being kidnapped in America by a group of narrow interests bussinessmen that have treat it like it is a Wall Street share.I knew they were not going to sancion the new NASL.No surprise,as they had follow a pattern of trying to monopolize our game.

    Our problem starts with the USSF wich is in bed with them!!

    Since the begining of this “Major” league with a low salary cap,everything has being made very unsoccerlike. They have show to the real soccer fans their true intentions and their lack of understanding of our game.

    To capture the magic,the passion and all the subttle deep meanings of our game should have been the goal of our league. There are reasons why a River-Boca; an Inter-Milan; a Celtics -Rangers are so especial ; it is the history behind the clubs. Those rivalries are born naturally, not by marketing.

    By crating a league the way they did, they showed us their lack of knowledge of our game.Instead of creating it as the platform for clubs to be created by cities and other entities and have a chance to grow and that way let the magic of our game come naturally. They created the league,the clubs ,the clubs names,logos,colors,decided the “selected markets”ans also very conveniently “designed” a system in wich they own pretty much everything.

    All of this without any consideration or consultation of the fans,wich is the esential element of our game!!

    By implementing things like the shoot outs,they showed us their arrogance and their “non soccer” roots.Pretending to do changes to the most popular sport on the planet!!!!

    Why dont we have real soccer people on the comanding positions of the US soccer structures!?!?!? In a country that you can find so many ex stars,legends of our game.Have we thought about that?

    Now that a potential more soccer like league is emerging,they feel threaten and naturally react protecting their bussiness. We should have no doubt at this point that this is all our game is for them, a bussiness.

    Fans,TOA ,new NASL, I think this is the time to FIGHT for the good of our game on the US.
    Go to FIFA. USSF has a dirty floor, they had allow leagues not complying with FIFA regulations to operate in our soil. THIS IS THE TIME.

    Put a message out there announcing the first US league that would implement pro/rel,that woould give you(new NASL) a great fan support and gain you huge international image.
    Fans,write blogs,make calls.Lets make some NOISEEEEEE.We may not have an opportunity like this in a while.

    In order to solve problems you have to go to the root. US soccer will never be what it should be with this USSF.

    You can fool some people some time,but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

    • dan

      December 30, 2009 at 5:00 pm

      i think your going a little overboard.
      1. i love soccer but if you asked me to choose between a tie or a shootout. id choose a shootout. i found mls and nasl shootouts fun.

      2. Until the USL and the NASL get there crap together and find a agreement between the MLS. I dont think we are ready for REGULATION AND PROMOTION.

      3. What i think has happened is that even though the NASL didn’t get Sanctioned, The USL has lost its trump card with them no longer being the 2nd Division league.

      Right now its a blinking game and it will be settled by the end of next week.

    • troy mcclure

      January 3, 2010 at 1:17 am

      >This is a very crucial time on american soccer,

      Right and the ringleaders for the breakaway owners are two Canadian teams, Montreal and Vancouver. One of which will be around for only 1 season before it joins MLS and the other is just looking for something to do until they join (I guess they were smart to not pay the 40million when the league gave rebates to others) MLS too.

      Its nice to know that american soccer interests are decided by canadian team owners who wont be around much longer.

  5. Robert

    December 30, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Sounds like a tactic to have MLS swoop in and purchase both for pennies on the dollar.

    • Mario in SJ

      December 30, 2009 at 5:50 pm

      That would be the best thing to happen to USA soccer since MLS was started.

  6. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    December 30, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    My thoughts on this issue can be found here:

    After an exciting 24 hour turnaround for me going to Orlando for the bowl game, this news caught me off guard and I have posted some initial thoughts at TKR and will have more complete thoughts later or tomorrow here at MLS Talk.

  7. The Gaffer

    December 30, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Sounds to me like they’re trying to protect the interests of Major League Soccer at the detriment of the other leagues in existence.

    The Gaffer

    • Kartik Krishnaiyer

      December 30, 2009 at 3:01 pm

      Exactly what I have said at TKR and will write here.

      • sylc

        December 30, 2009 at 3:54 pm

        I’m not going to argue against the fact that the USSF does protect MLS over other leagues, but both sides have legitimacy problems. The USL has only 4 teams now (and probably less had NASL been sanctioned), but the NASL’s legality is in question. While us fans want the NASL (for the most part), this decision does have some merit in it. Let’s just hope a deal gets done so the teams can play in 2010 (well thats sure sounds familiar).

  8. Charles

    December 30, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Is there any implications in this at all ? Money, authority ? Anything ?

    Or is it a little bit like :
    I have decided that NCAA football “BCS national championship” is a joke and the players are rarely STUDENT-athletes and if it not corrected…it unsanctioned by me. Did you hear that NCAA ?

    • Michael

      December 30, 2009 at 4:33 pm

      This was a courageous decision by US Soccer, but the only one a rational body could have made.

      You can’t rubberstamp a group of rogue owners who decide for whatever reason to just break off on their own – even if those reasons are somewhat valid. Neither can you sanction a league with no teams. By approving neither until the sue-me sue-you chess games are over, they’re being the grown-up in the room.

      Sorry, but the “protecting the best interests of MLS” argument is jaded and prejudiced on its face. Neither league is ready to represent US lower-case ‘s’ soccer until the mudslinging is done, and the governing body has recognized that fact. Kudos to them.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

More in Leagues: MLS

Translate »