In the wake of the U.S. failing to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1986, North American Soccer League interim commissioner Rishi Sehgal feels that “a revolution is necessary to ensure that our national team programs, and soccer at all levels in this country, continue to grow and prosper.”
The Americans were eliminated from World Cup qualifying on the final night of the CONCACAF Hexagonal Tuesday, falling at Trinidad & Tobago, 2-1.
“In the wake of the resignation of Bruce Arena and the media call held by [U.S. Soccer president’ Sunil Gulati, the NASL believes this is the perfect opportunity for us to come together as a soccer nation and change things for the better,” Sehgal said in a statement Friday afternoon. Since its inception, the NASL has been committed to bringing more soccer to fans, creating opportunities for players, and furthering the overall development of the sport.
“The NASL agrees with the sentiment that a revolution is necessary to ensure that our national team programs, and soccer at all levels in this country, continue to grow and prosper,” Sehgal added. “To that effect, the NASL supports calls for systemic changes to enhance access for players, clubs, and ultimately fans. Given the opportunity, the NASL is committed to working with all stakeholders towards achieving those goals.”
The NASL has filed a temporary injunction against U.S. Soccer, which took away the league’s Division 2 status for 2018. A ruling in United States District Court, Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, N.Y. is expected on or before Oct. 31. The league also has filed an antitrust lawsuit against the federation.