Wednesday, December 30, 2009

USSF denies sanctioning to NASL, USL

The NASL, USL and Tampa Bay Rowdies were dealt a blow on Wednesday as the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors voted unanimously to deny sanctioning to either league for the upcoming season.

The USSF said in a statement that the two leagues would have the opportunity to come to a compromise within the next seven days to set up an interim plan for 2010 that could meet the required benchmarks.

“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,” U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said. “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.”

The USL released a statement, which can be read here.’s Andrea Canales has a view on the topic, which can be found here.

South Florida writer Kartik Krishnaiyer, who has done sterling work on the entire USL/NASL breakaway, has also weighed in briefly, with more likely to come.

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