By Michael Lewis
A day after the North American Soccer League season came to a close Sunday, the league will be moving forward for another confrontation, although this one will be off the pitch.
On Monday, the NASL’s opening brief in its appeal of the U.S. District Court’s denial of a preliminary injunction to regain Division Two status for 2018 is due in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
The league is contesting the U.S. Soccer Federation’s decision to deny it that status for next year.
The NASL’s request for a preliminary injunction was denied Oct. 31 by Judge Margo K. Brodie for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Judge Brodie turned down the league’s request for the temporary relief it sought in its federal anti-trust case against the federation.
The USSF’s response is due Tuesday, Nov. 21. The league will get a reply brief that is due Monday, Nov. 27.
An exact date for the case has not yet been for the appeal, although it could take place as early as the week of Monday, Dec. 11. That date is subject to the approval of the presiding judge in the case.
The San Francisco Deltas captured the NASL title behind a 2-0 home victory over the Cosmos at Kezar Stadium Sunday night.