USSF Makes First Official Press Statement Concerning 2nd Division League Dispute
The United States Soccer Federation made their first official press statement regarding the league dispute between the Team Owners Association (TOA) and their proposed North American Soccer League (NASL) and the current standing 2nd division league which is run by the United Soccer Leagues (USL).
The statement may be important in the fact that the USSF is now publicly acknowledging the TOA and their league. The NASL is mentioned by name in the press release even though it is not yet sanctioned by the USSF.
The statement does not give many details except that it confirms the three groups met on Sunday and that they asked both sides for additional information by December 9.
IMS does have a request submitted to US Soccer to clarify the two committees mentioned in the press release. The Professional League Task Force, which is chaired by Dan Flynn, and the Professional Council, chaired by Don Garber. According to this release Flynn, Garber and Gulati were all present at Sunday’s meeting.
Here is the press release:
CHICAGO (Dec. 7, 2009) – U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati, CEO/Secretary General Dan Flynn and Professional Council Chairman Don Garber met with representatives from both the United Soccer League (USL-1) and the North American Soccer League in New York on Sunday (Dec. 6) to discuss Division II league plans in 2010.
“We had a productive meeting and the discussions will continue,” said Gulati. “In the interim we have asked both groups to submit additional information,”
Both leagues have been requested to provide further details of their respective league plans by Dec. 9 to U.S. Soccer’s Professional League Task Force. Once the Task Force determines that the parties have provided the needed information, it will update the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors for further review.
U.S. Soccer’s Professional League Task Force is chaired by Flynn, and includes board members Carlos Cordeiro and Mike Edwards.