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USSF Brokered Compromise Announced


The USSF has risen to the occasion and forged a compromise between the NASL and USL for a Federation run, 12 team D2 in 2010. The NASL teams are meeting in Fort Lauderdale beginning tomorrow and the MLS Combine begins tomorrow.

The compromise forged by the USSF is good news for the fans in the twelve markets. Nine of the teams are NASL teams and three are USL teams but the NASL has permitted three member teams to play in the USL conference to make this season possible.

Much more on this story later in the day.


Despite the conclusion of this saga, I am still unable to release much of the deep background and off the record information I have accumulated on how the settlement was reached. I do want to congratulate the USSF whose ability to resolve this situation was a great accomplishment.

One quick note however. I am told by a very good source that yesterday’s USSF call to announce the resolution had three times as many press call in to listen and ask questions than the average Bob Bradley call, despite having only three hours notice on the call. The Bradley calls are announced several days in advance. Moreover, I am told the total number of press on the call was close to the total number on the call in 2006 that formally announced Bob Bradley as the interim Head Coach. Amazing interest in the situation, and let us hope this momentum and interest continues for the combined league this season.

For more specifics on the actual compromise please visit our partner site, Inside Minnesota Soccer.

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  1. dan

    January 8, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    edmonton might be added aswell.

  2. Jack

    January 8, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    You said “Despite the conclusion of this saga, I am still unable to release much of the deep background and off the record information I have accumulated on how the settlement was reached”

    Why say this then?? To prove that you know info that we don’t know?? To stroke your own ego?

    Keep the info for yourself and don’t mention it….

  3. Ivan

    January 8, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Yes, there will be professional soccer in Tampa Bay after all!!!

  4. Everett Pulliam Jr

    January 7, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    this is just for 2010
    Atlanta and NYC will join in 2011
    just as Portland and Vancouver leaves
    the two divisions seem well balanced.

  5. CoconutMonkey

    January 7, 2010 at 6:47 pm


  6. Lars

    January 7, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Wait a second?

    We now have two more teams in North America’s Second Division?

    This thing turned out better than expected!

  7. Tim

    January 7, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    You must applaud USSF for how they were able to force a compromise, which will give us a much better 2nd division rather than either two weak competing divisions or one second division that would be without some critical markets.

  8. Mike

    January 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    If the two leagues are combined how will the championship be decided? What kind of cooperation will there be? Any ideas?

    • Tim

      January 7, 2010 at 6:25 pm

      2 conferences with playoffs… that’s as much as we know though.

  9. Jon

    January 7, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    I’m waiting for the Kartik and the other folks who called this a giant failure by the USSF to eat crow and admit it was exactly the right move they made to force these two groups together.

    • Tim

      January 7, 2010 at 6:29 pm

      You don’t have to wait..

      “Credit to the USSF, despite their lack of leadership earlier in the process for pushing the envelope now.”

      “Give the USSF credit for pushing rules that at least for one year, will help the development of the American player.”

      Quotes from Kartik from his blog:

  10. Charles

    January 7, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Sports conspiracy theorist often are. Except when it comes to PEDs and the hated US pro-basketball league (which is all but fixed)

    I can imagine USSF thinking, you are going to have two 6 team second division leagues ? the US ?

    Take nothing away from some of the supporters in those cities, they are great, but not exactly going to work well.

    • sylc

      January 7, 2010 at 4:26 pm

      Technically it’s going to be one league with two conferences (just like MLS). They just aren’t geographically separated.

      I applaud the USSF for making this decision. It shows that they really weren’t doing it to protect MLS and were working for compromise.

      One big conflict down, one to go.

  11. steve

    January 7, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    So I guess the USSF/MLS conspiracy theorists were full of it.
    The USSF’s refusal to sanction one or the other was a smart negotating tactic to get the two leagues to find a compromise.

    • Michael

      January 7, 2010 at 6:09 pm

      Yes, let’s see how Kartik gets out of his “not certifying was all to protect MLS” certainty.

      As I said before, no one in their right mind would rubberstamp team owners jumping around at will, or approve a league with 3 teams. The only thing that could possibly be done is to have the two sides meet in the middle.

      That USSF has to get into the business of managing a league to do it speaks volumes about their TRUE goal, which was to ensure a viable, stable Division 2 setup.

  12. Charles

    January 7, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I love how Sunil said, don’t rule out a promotion/relegation, anything is possible type comment for the misguided that are hoping for it, even some that think it might happen.
    It had to be an inside joke in a public forum.

    Like any owner is going to say, “..yeah if the Sounders finish last, go ahead and take their $10 million ticket revenue sharing and send it to another league…no problem, it’s only money”

    Not unless the league is fixed.

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