The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) has held a pivotal position in the American soccer landscape for years. However, upon closer scrutiny, one could argue that the existing model may not be serving the best interests of the nation or the sport. My critical perspective is born from this recognition, rooted in my experiences and aspirations for soccer in the United States.
Over the past three decades, under the stewardship of USSF, we’ve witnessed the decline of 150 professional soccer clubs. This disconcerting figure highlights a more profound issue: the USSF’s reliance on a multimillion-dollar franchise model. This approach has led to the over-commercialization of soccer, prioritizing financial gains over the sport’s grassroots development and broader accessibility.
A significant concern centers around the monopolization of the industry, notably with Major League Soccer (MLS) holding the position of the designated top tier of professional soccer in the United States. This monopolistic stance not only suppresses competition but also hampers innovation, creating formidable obstacles for new clubs and leagues aspiring to challenge the established order.
My decision to establish a league outside the confines of the USSF came after they ceased to respond to my inquiries regarding operating outside their biased and counterproductive pro-league standards. My commitment to the National Soccer League™ (NSL) is rooted in a steadfast belief in its potential to usher in a new era in American soccer. My experiences with the USSF have underscored the necessity for a governing body that is less self-serving and more inclusive.
My passion to see both the United States and soccer thrive is deeply personal. To me, America symbolizes the land of opportunity—a place where dreams can come to fruition. Meanwhile, soccer has played a transformative role in my life. It’s more than just a game; it’s a universal language that unites people, transcending cultural and social barriers. I firmly believe that soccer should be accessible and inclusive, offering everyone the chance to embrace the joy and community it brings.
My journey is not solely about challenging the USSF’s existing model; it’s about reimagining what soccer can represent in America. It should be a sport that authentically reflects the diversity and spirit of its people, liberated from commercial interests and welcoming to all who wish to play, enjoy, and grow with it.