Less than three weeks after U.S. Soccer's board of directors voted to not sanction it as a Division 2 league for 2018, the North American Soccer League filed a Federal antitrust lawsuit against U.S.
Soccer in Brooklyn Federal court.
The NASL is only seeking injunctive relief -- asking that U.S. Soccer end its divisional designation for pro soccer.
-- Its anti-competitive "division" structure has divided men's pro soccer based on arbitrary criteria that U.S. Soccer has manipulated to favor MLS, which is a commercial
business partner via SUM, which jointly sells and markets MLS rights combined with rights to U.S. national teams.
-- U.S. Soccer has selectively applied and waived its divisional criteria
to suppress competition from the NASL, both against MLS and against the USL.
-- U.S. Soccer has sought to limit competition from the NASL to MLS and USL and now seeks to destroy the NASL
by arbitrarily revoking the NASL's Division 2 status for the upcoming 2018 season. Rocco B. Commisso, chairman of the NASL's board of
governors and the principal owner of the New York Cosmos:
"The USSF left the NASL no choice except to file this lawsuit. The NASL has taken this step to protect not just the league, but
also the game, fans, and everyone with a stake in the future success of professional soccer leagues based in this country."