The office of United States Senator Chuck Schumer (yes, that’s right) issued a press release Tuesday 11/7/2017 announcing that the Brooklyn-born Senator is urging the United States Soccer Federation to reconsider its decision to deny the North American Soccer League its Division 2 sanction.
Twenty-four hours later, the United States Soccer Federation has so far not issued a comment.
UPDATE: Soon following were letters to the USSF’s Secretary Dan Flynn and President Sunil Gualti from a bevy of local leaders and community groups. They included:
- State Senator Diane J. Savino
- State Assembly Members Peter J. Abbate, Jr. and Pamela Harris
- City Councilpersons Vincent J. Gentile, Mark Treyger, and Chaim M. Deutsch
- The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
- The Alliance for Coney Island
The entirety of Senator Schumer’s press release is below.
Schumer Urges US Soccer Federation to Reconsider Its Decision to Deny North American Soccer League a ‘Division Two Status”; Senator says Denial Threatens the Future of Brooklyn’s New York Cosmos & Could Hurt Local Economy
New York’s Soccer Team, NY Cosmos, Are an Integral Part of Coney Island/Brooklyn Area; The Team Has Created Numerous Jobs for Stadium Workers & Has Attracted Tens of Thousands of Visitors Who Frequent the Local Restaurants, Bars, Hotels & More
Schumer Says a ‘Division II Status’ Is Crucial for NY Cosmos Because It Means More Sponsors, More Quality Players & More Fans Frequenting the Local Brooklyn Area to See Games & Support the Team; Without This Status, the Local Economy Could Be Hurt
Schumer Roots for Division Two Status for NY Cosmos, A Win-Win for Brooklyn
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the U.S. Soccer Federation to reconsider its decision to deny the North American Soccer League professional sanctioning at the Division II level for 2018. Schumer, who represents the home of the New York Cosmos, said that the team is an integral part of New York’s soccer history and local economy, and that its participation in a Division II level league is vital for maintaining this sporting and economic success in New York.
“From the profitable sponsorship deals to the steady job creation that the New York Cosmos have brought to Coney Island and Brooklyn at large, it’s clear that a division two status is a win-win for the region,” said Schumer. “I’m urging the U.S. Soccer Federation to reconsider its decision and support a division two status for the North American Soccer League so that teams like the New York Cosmos can continue to thrive.”
To see the written letters’ text, you can find them off links from Midfield Press’ article covering this outbreak of support for our Boys in Green.