Miami FC Responds to North American Soccer League Cancellation of 2018 Season

Feb 27, 2018

MIAMI (February 27, 2018) - Earlier today, The North American Soccer League (NASL) announced that it has canceled the 2018 Season after failing to receive a preliminary injunction preventing the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) from revoking the NASL's Division II status.   

On September 1, 2017, the USSF's Board of Directors took a decision to revoke the NASL's Division II status, jeopardizing the future of the league and its member clubs.  The NASL then filed an antitrust suit in Federal Court seeking a preliminary injunction to preserve the NASL's Division II status while the Court considers the underlying claims. On November 4, the District Court denied the NASL's motion for a preliminary injunction and on February 23, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the District Court's decision.

NASL Interim Commissioner Rishi Sehgal issued the following statement earlier: "The focus of the antitrust suit to date has been obtaining a preliminary injunction to save the 2018 Season. Unfortunately, with USSF's decision and the loss of the preliminary injunction, playing the 2018 Season is no longer a possibility. The focus of the antitrust suit now shifts to securing the long-term advancement of soccer in this country, not only for the NASL, but for all soccer fans, clubs, and communities impacted by the USSF's restrictions on competition.  Also, the NASL is prosecuting a breach of fiduciary duty action against certain USSF Board members for conflicts of interest and derelictions of duty which have harmed the NASL and countless other constituents in U.S. Soccer. The NASL and its clubs will look at all avenues to return to the field for the 2019 Season."

Miami FC CEO Sean Flynn responded to today’s release from the NASL:

“Obviously we are disappointed in last week’s outcome of the appeal and the subsequent cancellation of the NASL season, which happened as a direct result of the ruling. We were looking forward to Miami FC getting back on the field this fall to continue the successes from last season.  Looking ahead, we are excited to begin working with new USSF President Carlos Cordeiro, in the hopes of building a brighter future for soccer in America.”

Flynn continued, “We continue to explore any and all options for Miami FC to play as soon as possible.  We have made enormous progress in just two short years, from assembling a first class front office to presenting an incredibly successful team on the field, and we remain committed to investing our efforts and resources in the South Florida community.  Our focus is to secure play for Miami FC immediately, and to give our fans, supporters and corporate partners the level of competition and excitement that they have grown to love and expect.  We are eager to start training camp next week for Miami FC 2 and enter a competitive NPSL season beginning in April.  Exciting additional announcements regarding the development and future of Miami FC will be made in the coming weeks and months, further demonstrating our commitment to Miami and soccer in the U.S.”

The home opener for Miami FC 2 will be held at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens on Saturday, April 21.  For tickets and a full schedule, go to MiamiFC.com.  For breaking news on Miami FC and Miami FC 2, join the conversation @TheMiamiFC.