NEW YORK (AP) – A promoter has sued the U.S. Soccer Federation, asking a court to order the governing body to sanction an Ecuador league match in Florida.
Relevent Sports filed suit Monday in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan, alleging the USSF illegally refused to approve its application to have Ecuador's Barcelona and Guayaquil clubs play on May 5 at Miami Gardens.
The lawsuit quotes USSF policy as stating the governing body's secretary general ''shall grant such sanction unless it is decided by clear and convincing evidence that holding or sponsoring the international soccer competition would be detrimental to the best interest of the sport.''
The USSF did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Relevent attempted to stage the first Spanish La Liga match in the U.S., between Barcelona and Girona at Miami Gardens on Jan. 26. That effort fell through following opposition from the governing body of Spanish soccer, the Real Federacion Espanola de Futbol, and the players' union, the Asociacion de Futbolistas Espanoles.