FC Edmonton: No contact at all with Canadian professional league backers By Steven Sandor Posted on June 1, 2015 8 0 683 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Sources have indicated that the Canadian professional league is close to becoming reality, with key meetings expected in the coming weeks. But, if the league does indeed come to be — and, to be fair, there is still a lot of skepticism out there — the assumption that the North American Soccer League’s Ottawa Fury and FC Edmonton would simply come along for the ride is well, off-base. FCE’s lack of involvement in the Canadian professional league may come as a surprise to some; the club said today that “no one in the organization has been contacted in any capacity.” It’s not that the Eddies are acting willfully blind; the franchise has not been invited to the party. (UPDATE: The Ottawa Fury confirms that the club has not been invited to any meetings regarding the proposed new Canadian league). When Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani spoke in June 2014 about the drive to launch a Division “1A” in Canada (CLICK HERE), he said the goal was for it to co-exist with Major League Soccer and the North American Soccer League. And that looks to be the case going forward; that if a Canadian “1A” was to come to pass, then you could have a scenario where there are Canadian pro franchises in the new Canadian pro league, MLS, NASL and USL. That’s a very crowded space. It would open up lots of discussion on how to handle the awarding of Canada’s CONCACAF Champions League place.