USSF Concerned with NASL Sanctioning of D2 Pro Soccer for 2011 Season
Details are few and far between, but word broke this morning that the United States Soccer Federation has expressed concern over the North American Soccer League for sanctioning Division II professional soccer in the US for the 2011 season.
According to sources, the federation held a board meeting by phone on Thursday where it was decided that the NASL has at this time not met enough of the new D2 standards that were set in August of 2010 for sanctioning of the league. What exactly this means is still unclear and leaves more questions than answers.
It’s unknown if the NASL could still work to meet those standards by the time the federations holds their AGM. That meeting will be held in February and the NASL had hoped to have the “provisional” sanctioning label removed. The USSF board met in Toronto in mid November at MLS Cup which is when they provisionally sanctioned the league. However, since that time the Carolina RailHawks sent the league into a spin with the announcement that they would not field a team in the league this coming season if they didn’t get financial help from the league or Traffic Sports. Since then Traffic has come in and purchased the team from the Wellmans who have dissolved their RailHawk organization.
Aaron Davidson, CEO of the NASL was contacted and stated he would respond in due course.
U.S. Soccer was also contacted but did not return multiple phone calls made to the organization.
More information as it become available.