NASL Commish on League Parity, Playing Through International Breaks, More



NEW YORK CITY – Heading into the season, even putting Ottawa Fury FC in the dark horse category for the Soccer Bowl seemed like a stretch. Nonetheless, the club torched the competition and lost only once in their final 26 matches to claim the Fall Season title and earn a spot in the final.

Commissioner Bill Peterson acknowledges Ottawa’s long odds at the start of the year and highlights the incredible job the young club has done to instill a winning a philosophy.

“It wasn’t obvious that they would be [in the final],” said Peterson. “Teams coming into the league have had a hard time adjusting. For them to do it in their second year is a real tribute to Marc Dos Santos and the people he brought on board. You could always see it in his eyes. He was very focused. He was always going to do well and he did.”

The considerable difference between the big-budget Cosmos and the more modest Fury is also something that Peterson thinks emphasizes the strong level of competition in the NASL.

“It proves there are a lot of great coaches and players in the league. And you’ve gotta be careful with how you put your rosters together and how you motivate people to play. We’re in a very competitive league and a very good situation. To date, what you’re spending is not a competitive advantage or disadvantage yet.”

The short term evidence backs Peterson up. Despite doing their best to keep up with the Cosmos in terms of spending, Tampa Bay and Minnesota have missed the final for three straight years. At least one team from the bottom end of the payroll spectrum has made the final since the Cosmos entered in 2013.

At the Mercy of International Breaks

Sunday’s championship final falls right in the middle of an international break and that fact caused two important players to make tough decisions. Ottawa’s Julian De Guzman will miss the match to be with the Canadian national team, while New York’s Andres Flores made the difficult decision to decline El Salvador’s call up for World Cup Qualifiers. It’s a situation that Peterson is not happy with, but he chalks it up to the difficulties of playing in North America and says that they will continue to evaluate ways to avoid the conflict.

“The fact is it’s a Euro-centric calendar and we’re not in Europe, so we have to live with it and do the best we can. The decision is, do you play more Wednesday games or do you play later into the year and risk snow. There are a lot of factors that go into playing in North America, and at the time we were a little too concerned about adding Wednesday games or going deeper into the year. So we decided we would play it this way and see what happens. It doesn’t mean we’ll do it again.”

Getting the Word Out on the Soccer Bowl

Garnering publicity in a crowded sports landscape is tall task when dealing with the “minor league” perception.

While the NASL is content with the switch in format in 2014 to allow the higher seed to host the championship match, the league is still trying to find right way to spread the word and market the final on such short notice.

“It’s still a challenge for us, as a young league, to get this event off in one week. That’s still something that we’re trying to figure out the best way to do, to help promote the game a little bit more. But overall we’re very happy [with the current hosting format]. We’re all about the game and the competition, They earned this, so they get to host this.”


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    • slowleftarm

      Doesn’t matter, just play this game whenever Hofstra will let them use the lacrosse field. Not like anyone shows up anyway.

  • Kevin

    So what’s your problem now

    • Slowleftarm

      My problem is that I am unemployed, in the closet and live in my mom’s basement in Kearney.

      Does that answer your question?

      • Alan Smithee

        What’s wrong with Kearny?

        • slowleftarm

          Nothing but of course the real me doesn’t live there. And the loser poses as me wishes he did.

          • Slowleftarm

            Yes I do
            Don’t listen to this imposter
            Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain
            I am the almighty Arm

          • Larry’s A Simpleton

            thats because that loser jspech-onionsack-opencupfan (all the same guy) is an angry doosh that gets slapped around on 3 message boards and thats the only way he can respond.

            • OpenCupFan

              Almost thought you were DangerMan, but this post is way more intelligent than his usual stuff.
              Awesome post!

  • Larry’s A Simpleton

    Minnesota leaving. San Antonio has one foot out the door. Carolina wants out. Ottawa on their way to the new Canadian league. Edmonton ready to pull the plug.

    why dont they just fold the naslol?

    • The realist

      Posts every day on Cosmos articles, his own team sucks, lives in his mom’s basement

      Why doesn’t Larry just kill himself lol

      • Larry’s A Simpleton

        why? delusional f.cosmos fans never fail to bring the lolz! you cant buy this type of entertainment anywhere!

        you cant find a website on the internet where delusional f.cosmos fans arent slapped around like punching bags,. how funny is it that jspech-onionsack-opencupfan is dropping a load all over the place becasue the fake cosmos are going to get a huge crowd without red bulls or nycfc at the stadium. LOlololol. that is of course if you consider 9000 a big crowd.

        i love watching f.cosmos fanboys squirm becasue their dreams of usa soccer domination have crashed and burn and they cant stand it!

        • Realist

          Man I’m a red Bulls fan and I think you are an idiot

          If people enjoy the nasl why do u care?

          I’d nycfc the only thing u have in your life?

          If so thathat us tragic because they are ****

          • Larry a simpleton

            I admit it. I am a very lonely and desperate man who longs to be loved by anyone who can put up with me

            I wake up in the morning with octagonal tile markso on my face from crying myself to slreplace on my mother’s cold hard bathroon floor

            • Larry’s A Simpleton

              thanks for proving everybodys point! f.cosmos fanboys tears are delicious! roflmffao!

  • OpenCupFan

    Just to be clear I don’t post under any other names – except the greatest name of all – “Real OpenCupFan Knows mls fans are Suckers” – genius
    I don’t know Onionsack, but I generally love jspech’s comments, he’s spot on with his points. Good stuff.
    mls is a monopoly giving you a sh!t product and over charging you for it. Yep, mls fans are S.U.C.K.E.R.S.
    Go Cosms!
    Support your local independent soccer clubs!!!!

    • Larry’s A Simpleton

      youre full of ****. youve been exposed as a fruad…..just like the f.cosmos. good thing theres no college lacrosse game coming up. where o where would the fake cosmos play? Central park?

      • EPL fan

        As if your **** team playing on a basebaLloyd field with a bunch of wheezing old Europeans isn’t total ****, you stupid yank walker

        I grew up watching sheffield Wednesday and they are **** and they would still crush any team in your **** third rate MLS especially that pathetic excuse for a team in the Bronx you stupid wanker

        • OpenCupFan

          This all true. Like he said.

  • EPL fan

    I can’t believe that everyone here argues the merits of MLS very nasl all day

    They are both ****

    That said I’ve been so seen all three localevels sides playou and the dumbest most arrogant most ignorant most tiresome group are those cissy asses from Bushwick and westchester that are dumb enough to pay to watch fat frank huff and puff down a base ball field

    What a bunch of JerKS

    The red Bulls and cosmos sucks too but at least their fans are somewhat tolerable

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