"We want to work with U.S. Soccer to develop a strong professional soccer league. Does U.S. Soccer have problems? Yes. Every organization does. But we want to work with them to be a part of the
solution. Being a sanctioned professional league gives you access to PRO referees, allows you to be a credible force in the international transfer market, and helps with any number of small things
across the board, such as immigration issues and scheduling with international sides. We don’t want to fight a war. We just want to play."
-- Bob Watkins
, president of NISA,
which submitted its application for sanctioning by U.S. Soccer to become a new Division III men's pro league. (Midfield Press