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NASL hits U.S. Soccer with antitrust lawsuit after Division II status revoked

Cosmos' third goal in the final 11 minutes came with Juan Guerra's fine finish in stoppage time to erase a 3-0 deficit.
The guys talk Atlanta United with Brad Guzan, and Gab Marcotti elaborates on reports of a failed Prem move for Andre Blake.

The North American Soccer League announced on Tuesday it has filed a federal an antitrust lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation in Brooklyn federal court.

The filing of the suit comes two weeks after U.S. Soccer denied the NASL's application for Division II status for 2018.

The division structure is intended to provide a set of minimum requirements for a league, including number of teams, geographic distribution of teams, market size of a team's city, stadium capacity, as well as the...

U.S. Soccer denies NASL Division 2 status for 2018

Emmanuel Ledesma's thunderous strike helped New York Cosmos overcome a halftime deficit to draw at FC Edmonton.
Jacksonville Armada utilized Juan Guerra's unfortunate own goal and scored one more to down the Cosmos 2-0.

The U.S. Soccer Federation has denied the North American Soccer League Division 2 status for 2018, a move that threatens the league's future.

The current NASL started play in 2011 with second-tier status. But in January of this year, the USSF raised the United Soccer League from the third tier to the second and gave both the NASL and USL provisional Division 2 status for 2017.

At the time, the USSF said neither league met all its standards. Those standards dictate the minimum requirements needed...

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Miami FC taking promotion-relegation fight to Court of Arbitration for Sport

Herculez Gomez explains why MLS and European leagues shouldn't be compared following Bastian Schweinsteiger's recent comments.

Miami FC is taking its battle to require the U.S. Soccer Federation to introduce promotion and relegation to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The club won this year's spring season title in the NASL, designated by the USSF as a second-tier league, though it has no hope of being promoted to the top flight because Major League Soccer does not use a system of promotion and relegation common in most global football leagues.

And together with fourth-tier club Kingston Stockade FC, Miami FC said...

MLS rejected $4 billion media rights deal requiring promotion/relegation

From Hector Villalba's game winner to Kyle Beckerman's long-distance strike, relive the goal fest that was Week 20.

Major League Soccer rejected a $4 billion global media rights deal from international media company MP & Silva, as reported by the Sports Business Journal.

The offer, which would have quadrupled the annual rate of MLS' current deal, came with the significant contingency that MLS would have to institute a system of promotion and relegation.

The proposed deal would have run for 10 years starting in 2023, after the current deal with ESPN, Fox and Univision expires.

Those broadcasters have "exclusive...

MLS executives to visit North Carolina amid expansion efforts

North Carolina FC is trying to earn an expansion slot in Major League Soccer.

MLS executives, including president and deputy commissioner Mark Abbott, will pay a visit to North Carolina FC and the Triangle area on July 19 as part of their tour of potential MLS expansion cities, the club announced on Tuesday.

The MLS contingent will meet with business leaders and government officials and participate in several events organized by NCFC to showcase the Raleigh-Durham market as it pursues an MLS franchise.

"We are excited to host Major League Soccer next week," North Carolina...