"The claims are viable. The arguments against pay-to-play clubs are gone in the eyes of FIFA. Crossfire has prevailed. It's just that the source of the funds isn't going to be Tottenham."
-- Lance Reich
, attorney for Crossfire in its case against Tottenham, calling it "a great day for American youth soccer" that FIFA's Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) rejected key arguments
against the Seattle area youth club's claim for training compensation following the transfer of the Seattle Sounders' DeAndre Yedlin
from MLS to Tottenham -- its player passport for
Yedlin was incomplete and Crossfire's business model didn't meet FIFA's criteria for a training club. The DRC ultimately turned down the Crossfire claim because it determined Spurs had relied on
guidance from U.S. Soccer to its detriment in paying the transfer fee in full to MLS without paying Crossfire its cut for training compensation. (ESPN FC