Ottawa Fury allowed to play in USL after Concacaf U-turn

Canadian soccer team Ottawa Fury have been allowed to play in the United Soccer League in 2019 after Concacaf finally granted sanctioning.

Ottawa had looked to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after the North American governing body refused sanctioning on the grounds that the team should not be competing in a United States-based lower league following the creation of the Canadian Premier League.

It is unclear why Concacaf changed its tune – though this is still subject to Fifa approval – or what will happen beyond the 2019 season.

“Now that we’re sanctioned by Concacaf, the US Soccer Federation and Canada Soccer to play in USL Championship in 2019, we will accelerate preparations for the 2019 season,” said Mark Goudie, president and CEO of Ottawa Fury parent company, the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group.

“Too much negative energy has already been expended on this.”

Concacaf described Ottawa’s application to CAS for provisional measures as “unnecessary” while “their extensive public relations campaign was a needless and misinformed distraction during this process”.