CSA President Victor Montagliani with Canadian women’s national team defender Emily Zurrer at a jersey unveiling event earlier this year.
If the North American Soccer League and Major League Soccer are to be on opposite ends of a battle in the U.S. courts, the Canadian Soccer Association doesn’t want any part of it.
CSA President Victor Montagliani said that the rattling of sabres hasn’t been heard across the border.
“It’s not really a major issue here,” said Montagliani, referring to the NASL’s push for Division-1 status in the United States.
Jeffrey Kessler, who helped Tom Brady (at least for now) beat the NFL’s Deflategate rap, is representing the NASL as it bids for Div.-1 status south of the border. In both Canada and the United States, Major League Soccer is recognized as Division-1, while NASL is Division-2.
A letter from Kessler has been made public, in which he claims the United States Soccer Federation and MLS are in violation of antitrust laws; the case is rooted in the USSF’s plan to change the criteria needed for a league to qualify as Division-1, including stadium sizes, sizes of markets and number of teams in a league.
For Canada, which has just three teams in MLS and only two in NASL, the arguments simply don’t carry the same kind of threat. And Montagliani confirmed that NASL has made no similar Div.-1 arguments to the CSA. In fact, he said NASL hasn’t broached the Division-1 topic with the CSA at all.
“It’s an American thing,” he said. “There has been no approach to us from the NASL in that capacity. And, it’s not really a major issue here.”
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