The Ottawa Fury will get to play in the 2019 USL Championship. Concacaf, which objected at the last minute to sanctioning the Fury as a Canadian team playing in a U.S. league, withdrew its
The Canadian Soccer Association advised the Fury about Concacaf's decision to sanction, pending approval by FIFA.
The issue only arose because a Canadian
alternative to the USL -- the Canadian Premier League — will launch in 2019. Ottawa expressed interest in joining and has an out-clause with the USL about leaving for a Canadian league, but it
never pulled the trigger.
“The outcome is where we wanted to be,” said Mark Goudie
, president and CEO of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, the Fury's parent
company. “Relief is a good word. It’s not happy because this was an emotional ordeal. This had negative undertones about it. We’re happy to emerge from the negativity and worry about
building a roster for next year. I still feel it was unnecessary to go through this process. I don’t think it’s helpful to us, the USL, the CPL, Soccer Canada and Concacaf. Hopefully, we
can figure out a way to happily avoid this next year.”
In a statement, Concacaf said Ottawa's complaint before the Court of Arbitration for Sport -- since withdrawn -- unnecessary
and termed the filing and Fury's "extensive public relations campaign was a needless and misinformed distraction during this process."