By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

U.S. Soccer Saturday afternoon applauded Judge Margo K. Brodie’s decision to deny the North American Soccer League a preliminary injunction to retain its Division 2 status.

In a statement, the U.S. Soccer Federation said its decision to deny the NASL D2 status “was made in the best interest of soccer in the United States, and today’s decision confirms it was the correct decision.”

In a written decision, Judge Brodie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York turned down the league’s request for the temporary relief it sought in its federal anti-trust case against the U.S. Soccer Federation.

U.S. Soccer said that it was committed “to working with the NASL as it considers its future.”

The full statement:

“U.S. Soccer’s responsibility is to ensure the long-term stability and sustainability of all professional leagues operating in the United States, as well as the teams that compete within those leagues. After providing numerous opportunities over the years for the NASL to meet the Professional League Standards, or at least provide a pathway to meet those standards, the elected and independent members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors ultimately made a decision not to sanction the NASL as a Division 2 league.

“The decision was made in the best interest of soccer in the United States, and today’s decision confirms it was the correct decision. U.S. Soccer is committed to finding ways to improve the long-term viability of all leagues and teams and, by doing so, continue building upon the growth of soccer in the United States. U.S. Soccer is committed to working with NASL as it considers its future.”