ISC Statement on USL’s attempted move of Sacramento Republic vs Swope Park Rangers

It’s playoff time in USL which should be a time for supporters and players to relish in the achievements of their club throughout the season and the chance to host games as they chase the Championship. However, this week, USL league officials created a great deal of confusion for all involved with both Sacramento Republic F.C. and Swope Park Rangers. Swope Park Rangers earned the right to host Sacramento Republic F.C. on September 27, 2017 at home at Children’s Mercy Victory Park. In what can only be described as one of the strangest 24 hours in the history of the league, and without notice to Swope Park Rangers supporters or front office, USL publicly stated that the upcoming game would be

#SaveTheCrew

In today’s sports landscape, affluent franchise owners using the threat of moving a team to another market has become an all too well-known bargaining tactic. We have seen this play out time after time. Unfortunately, the fans and municipalities that have supported franchises are the ones hurt. Sadly, this epidemic in sports has now shown its face in Major League Soccer. The news out of Columbus should concern every supporter in the league. With the exception of Miami, Tampa Bay and later, Chivas, the founding teams are still here, and the supporters of those clubs have built the league into what we see today. Seeing the league act in a complicit manner in this situation is disheartening. M

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