Tuesday, February 1, 2011

NASL Supporters Groups Unite and send a letter to the USSF.

After the decision made by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), that revoked their preliminary sanctioning of the North American Soccer Leagues (NASL) for Division 2 soccer, the NASL teams supporters groups united and sent a letter to USSF President Sunil Gulati.
Their message follows:

February 1, 2011

President Sunil Gulati
U.S. Soccer Federation
1801 S. Prairie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616

Dear President Gulati,

As supporters of North American Soccer League (NASL) clubs, we would like to voice our concern regarding the recent decision by your Federation to rescind the provisional Division 2 status of the NASL. We are personally appalled by the decision of the Federation to deny second division sanctioning to the NASL. Many fans were positively encouraged by the interest the USSF paid to second division soccer this season, and were pleased by the new standards put in place to ensure stability and continuity at the second division level. We thank the USSF for the interest and leadership you have provided during 2010 to stabilize and maintain second division.

Should our community be deprived of high level, but affordable entertainment in the form of NASL soccer for 2011, fans will be starved of access to the beautiful game. Without professional soccer in our community, many fans may simply move on to other sports and an opportunity to continue the upward trajectory of interest in soccer here at home will be lost.

For our youth soccer community, it is imperative that the NASL play at the second division level this season. The USSF is striving to improve soccer in the United States and improve our national team. But if we deny young fans in five key American soccer markets local heroes to emulate and a club to support, we potentially lose a generation of kids who can help make the United States the best we can be in World Soccer. The partner federations and communities in Canada and Puerto Rico would also be severely affected.

The loss of our league will also have an inevitable ripple effect that will hurt not only the US National Team program and supporter’s base, but also development of soccer throughout the CONCACAF region. The NASL serves as a competitive league where many nations throughout the region have players developing their talent. Having better players throughout our region will no doubt be beneficial to the development of US Soccer, providing stronger competition to challenge and grow the US Nation Team.

When our teams played in USL, we were never able to keep track of our opponents or the composition of the league. The NASL has been forthright and aggressive in its local marketing while pledging a needed stability at the second division level. The NASL’s ability to attract the type of investors the USSF wants involved in the sport based on the new second division standards also has local fans excited about the future of both our teams and the league we compete in. We feel ownership and a connection to our league, the NASL that we never felt for USL.

The teams of the NASL have already invested much time and resources to establish this second division league. This is the foundation for creating a stable second division in this country, as opposed to a league that benefits from the constant expansion and contraction of teams. We believe that it is time for the USSF to work for what is best for the future and stability of U.S. Soccer. The mission should be to further the game's roots in our communities by supporting soccer at all levels.

We hope you recognize the vital role second division soccer plays across North American and Puerto Rico. We ask that you reverse this shortsighted and damaging decision. Displacing fans and hurting the development of soccer in the United States should not be what the USSF is all about. Your role as a governing body is to promote the sport and grow the game. Working with the NASL to establish a long needed, stable second division is the type of positive development this sport sorely needs.


Pieter Brown
President, Miami Ultras
Miami FC / Strikers Supporters

Steve Holler
President, Ralph’s Mob
FC Tampa Bay Supporters

Tim Hayes
On behalf of The Dark Clouds
NSC Minnesota Supporters

Kristian Vázquez-Díaz
President, Islanders Foreign Legion
Puerto Rico Islanders Supporters

Daniel Stroud
Member, Jailhawks Member
Carolina Railhawks Supporters

Chris Martz
Westside 109
Atlanta Silverbacks Supporters

Steven Beauregard
Member, Ultras Montréal
Montréal Impact Supporters
What are your thoughts concerning the USSF decision? Should NASL be sanctioned as Div 2?


Anonymous said...

I have no problem with them being provisionally sanctioned and able to play in 2011 as long as clear goals are spelled out that they must hit to be a fully-sanctioned league in 2012.

Then again, they've been working on this thing for four years, said they wanted to do things the right way, completely differently than they've been done before, and this is as far as they've gotten?

Anonymous said...

NASL sucks. They will not make it. Traffic will bring down soccer in South Florida. They will NEVER BRING MLS TO SOUTH FLORIDA.

Anonymous said...

NASL going down.

Anonymous said...

you are a wizzle Aaron.

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Anonymous said...

I only have one question for all of the posters that dislike & mistrust Traffic: what is your ideas for bringing MLS to South Florida? You seem to have perfected negativity, would you please present your positive solution.

Anonymous said...

Traffic Sports to sell the team to someone else that know how to do it right and wants to jump to the MLS. Name it south florida strikers.

Anonymous said...

Where were you all so call soccer fans from Ft Lauderdale when Miami FC played at Tropical Park?

Ultra said...

^^ I was at almost every game. So were a good number of other Broward based fans, including many of the Ultras. The bigger question is this: where were all the fans from MIAMI when they played at Tropical Park??

Kudos to everyone involved with putting this letter together. Great to see soccer fans from across North America joining together to voice support for our teams.

Anonymous said...

U unly had a few from FT lauderdale come to Miami. Now that you have it in your back yard you will go. I blame Miami FC office with the lack ot fans at tropical park most fans don't even know they played in miami and thsts sad. Ultras you only had about 10-15 people at the games so please. Traffic sucks.....

Anonymous said...

NASL will go down because is run by Traffic Sports.