USL Sues Three NASL Teams

USL Sues Three NASL Teams

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 9, 2009
  • 6 Comments
  • NASL, TOA, TOA League, USL

I believe it was only really going to be a matter of time before things got real nutty with this whole USL/TOA/NASL/USSF mess. The Kartik Report found out this morning that the USL is suing the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Crystal Palace Baltimore and the Rochester Rhinos for breach of contract.

The three clubs had allegedly committed contractually to play 2010 in USL’s First Division but instead opted to play in the yet to be sanctioned North American Soccer League. (Here is a link to the court filing.)

Seeing the league sue these clubs is probably a bit about protecting their best interest and I don’t think we can blame them for doing so since these clubs were slated to be apart of the USL in 2010.

I’m sure this was one thing the meeting with the USSF wanted to avoid here. Going down this road has to be a troubling path for both sides. This whole time I haven’t really been on either side of the fence between the USL and NASL. I like some things both have done but I’ve tried to stay as neutral as I can here with it. I do think though right now the NASL needs to cool their jets a bit though. They are a very ambitious bunch that still has loads of work to do like putting schedules together, getting a front office, doing some PR, etc. All that and more with only a few months time to do it in.

If the NASL wanted a season so bad in 2010, they should have decided to do a shorter season to get their stuff in gear before doing an actual full season in 2011. Sort of a dry opening before the grand opening if you will.

Now as far as the USSF goes, they need to act quickly here to cool the bad press that will come of this news. We know they put together a little “task force” to over see things here with this mess but really that won’t be good enough here. It’s pretty clear the USSF has no real stance on this situation right now, other than being sort of confused I think.

This messy situation just keeps getting messier.

  • Media_Man

    The hype around NASL is a joke. Take a good look at the clubs and their financial situations, or status…

    Atlanta sat out last year because they are a financial ruin.
    Carolina barely draws any fans, and there have been rumors of their financial troubles.
    Miami is a money pit, and loses over $1-million every year.
    Minnesota is more or less bankrupt.
    Montreal, Vancouver and St. Louis will be heading to MLS eventually.
    Baltimore was a USL 2 side (enough said).
    Tampa is an expansion team in a city that has failed multiple times with pro soccer.

    That leaves Rochester — the #80 DMA.

    Good luck boys.

  • O.f.

    Kind of difficult to put together achedules, front office and PR when your league hasn't been sanctioned yet! I'm sure all the pieces are in place, just a matter of getting the ok from the USSF before doing too much…kind of avoiding putting the cart before the horse!

  • O.f.

    Media_man,

    don't you wonder if these teams financial woes has something to do wtiht he lack of support from the league that they pay money to every year yet don't do anything back for them?

    Miami may lose money, but they have the $$ behind them,
    Montreal, Vancouver, St. Louis…MLS is still a question except for Vancouver…
    Tampa's had pretty good support in the NASL, reaching a high of 28k avg in 1980! no reason they can't do it again…
    And, what is, more or less bankrupt?

    you sound like a USL dote!

  • NASL Supporter

    News Flash NuRock…You didn't develop soccer in America, the TOA did. You beat yourselves in attempting to beat the people that have cultivated this sport. Kick yourselves in the ass for not listening to the team owners or the fans. NuRock is abusing our justice system as a source of coersion.

    American Soccer wants NASL. We supported the TOA then, and we support them now! Your own fault for trying to exploit soccer as a get rich scheme. Hope the courts award you a settlement of less than a dollar.

    Sunil Gulati represents American Soccer. Don't let those NuRock guys intimidate you Gulati. Show the world that the governing body of Soccer in America is the USSF and not the courts of Florida. The USL is guilty of ruining its own reputation.

    The NASL is organized by the people who have helped soccer become what it is today. The NASL is the peoples choice. The NASL is the history of Division 2 socer in this country.

    Try taking credit for your own work NuRock. You can't buy respect…you have to earn it!

  • USA Soccer Fanatic

    NuRock cannot own fans. Have fun with your 3 empty rosters NuRock. The USL now has a fan base of: ZERO

    NuRock is guilty of neglegence and bad business practices. They have ignored the owners and their own fans.

    GO NASL!

  • USA Soccer Fanatic

    NuRock cannot own fans. Have fun with your 3 empty rosters NuRock. The USL now has a fan base of: ZERO

    NuRock is guilty of neglegence and bad business practices. They have ignored the owners and their own fans.

    GO NASL!