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Over 100 clubs write to US Soccer calling for promotion and relegation

SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 02: New US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro stands on the sidelines before the US Men's National Team friendly soccer match against Costa Rica on February 2, 2019 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, CA. (Photo by Bob Kupbens/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Soccer clubs across the United States are stepping up pressure on US Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro to open discussions on its closed league system which, they say, is stifling growth.

Over 100 clubs outside Major League Soccer have signed a letter delivered to Cordeiro as well as Fifa president Gianni Infantino and other leaders of the world game. The letter calls for the introduction of a system of promotion and relegation in line with Fifa requirements elsewhere in the world and refutes the idea that the prospect of relegation is a disincentive to investors.

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