Borislow unleashes anger at U.S. Soccer

Former magicJack owner Dan Borislow has been conciliatory toward other WPS alumni. Their lawsuit is settled, and everyone’s moving forward.

But he still sees an obstruction in the path of women’s soccer, and it’s the organization that collects the sanctioning fees. Here’s his statement:

My take on the whole matter is that WPS could have made it if the USSF granted money to the league instead of charge it. I have never understood why the most successful team and players representing the United States in the last 10 years are not taken care of like the national treasure they are. Why is Pia (Sundhage, the U.S. women’s coach) not extended a contract and make 20 times less money than the head coach of our men’s national team (Jurgen Klinsmann)?* Why wasn’t the USSF more involved in helping form and run a successful Women’s Division 1 league?

In the future, the USSF needs to give MLS an annual grant so they can run a women’s league. Right now the largest sport we have for kids and Women can’t get a few million dollars from the wealthiest country in the world and their governing body. It’s disgraceful. Billions here, billions there and not a couple million for the best team representing our country.

If you have to point fingers — in this case there is a guilty party, that is where you point them. But not these owners who put up the money and tried the best they knew how. Fire these morons running the USSF and replace them with somebody who understands the value and importance of girls and women playing soccer in the United States. They shouldn’t even be invited to the Olympics.

U.S. Soccer would argue that it pays the national team players pretty well. But it’s safe to say the organization hasn’t been pro-active about getting a women’s soccer league running. Is that their role?

Quick historical precedents: In 1993, U.S. Soccer solicited bids for a new men’s professional Division I league, and veteran U.S. Soccer officials were involved with the winning bid, MLS. And in 2010, U.S. Soccer administered a men’s Division II league, forcibly (and temporarily) merging the USL’s top tier and the nascent NASL.

* – Technically, Klinsmann makes 13 times what Sundhage makes, but the point is taken.

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7 Responses to Borislow unleashes anger at U.S. Soccer

  1. Diane says:

    Say what you will about Dan and his affect on women’s pro soccer in the US, he has some valid points. I don’t think US Soccer does near enough, or even comparable, work to advance the women’s game in this country as they do for the men’s side. Granted it would take more effort on the part of US Soccer to support the women as opposed to the men, but they deserve it. We deserve it. Sadly US Soccer is like every other federation, women take a back seat. Sad to see WPS go (more than even I thought), but hopefully some lessons have been learned and good things will come out of it.

  2. steve c says:

    The coaching salary issue is not the issue. Is Sundhage receiving pay that is right there with the very best women’s national team coaches around the world? If so, then there’s no problem. The fact that Klinsmann makes much more, is because he has a different job, one that costs more to fill. Granted, Klinsmann is making much more than his predecessor, but that’s USSoccer’s judgment that he’s worth it, that he’ll have success and generate even more revenue for USSoccer.

    I agree that USSoccer could have and should have done more to provide support to a women’s league. But the remark about “billions and billions” is off the mark, because USSoccer is not a cash cow and our government doesn’t support any national athletic federations with cash. Congress doesn’t appropriate money for national federations. That sort of thing happens in Japan, and probably in many other countries. Many American federations cry foul at the fact that foreign nations directly fund their national federations and such. But the U.S. federations, like USSoccer, have always had to scratch and claw money from membership fees, corporate sponsors, merchandise sales, broadcast rights revenues, and event ticket sales, etc. Apparently, they also charge pro leagues, like WPS, a sanctioning fee. That’s just how USSoccer stays alive; they don’t get money from Congress. This is not a new development or reality, either, so Borislow sounds a bit naive in making that statement.

  3. Peterk says:

    but where is the demand for a woman’s league. Apparently there isn’t that big of a demand. sure the NT does well but at the league level not so much.
    I’ve always thought and still do that it was a mistake to establish an independent separate Women’s league. Such a league should have been established under the auspices of MLS. there should have been double headers with the women’s team match taking place before the men’s. bundle the tickets together. accept that it is going to take time to develop a following.

  4. Greg says:

    Borislow needs to remember that saying about glass houses. This is the guy who refused to put up sponsors’ boards, provide adequate seating at home matches, and create a working website, among other failures of his. He left money on the table too. And this is not to mention the lawsuit. Ugh. Can someone with more credibility please take up the mantle of advocating for women’s soccer so that Dan can finally fade away?

    Klinsmann makes more than Sundhage because the men’s national team brings in much more revenue. Pia hasn’t gotten a contract extension because she’s strongly hinted that she wants to return to Sweden to coach their national team after the Olympics. US Soccer is not responsible for propping up a pro league, men’s or women’s; their involvement in women’s soccer comes at the youth and international level – not at the making money on a pro model level. MLS isn’t going to ride to the rescue either because losing millions per year on a second league isn’t going to help them grow.

    The best thing for women’s soccer right now is for the WPSL and W-League to get their respective acts together to co-run a semi-pro or modest pro league. Having the two battle one another is like CART/Indy Racing or ABL/WNBA – both sides will suffer from a lack of cooperation until one falls apart completely and the other finds itself in a large hole.

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  7. Dear magicJackass:

    Just go away. Perhaps you should take your talents where they’d be more appreciated. I’ve heard for years that owners and coaches hitting on their players is tolerated in Japan, for example.

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