Swap Toronto FC and FC Edmonton for the 2014 season
To: Don Garber, Commissioner, Major League Soccer Bill Peterson, Commissioner, North American Soccer League We, the undersigned, hereby request that Toronto FC, currently of Major League Soccer, and FC Edmonton, currently of the North American Soccer League, trade leagues for the 2014 season. Although there is no formal system of promotion and relegation in the North American soccer pyramid, we are hoping that MLS and NASL can make use of their working business relationship to enact a change that will be of benefit to both teams, and to Canadian soccer as a whole. Toronto FC, in its approximately 6.5 seasons of play, has clearly demonstrated that it is incapable of competing at the MLS level. Therefore, one season to fully rebuild and recalibrate in a different environment would prove useful to the franchise itself and to its long-suffering and exhausted fan base. FC Edmonton, in its approximately 2.5 seasons of competitive play, has clearly demonstrated a commitment to fielding young Canadian players and providing them with a legitimate chance at first-team play. One season at the MLS level would provide the team and its burgeoning fan base with exactly the shot in the arm it needs. We believe that it is in the best interests of all parties involved for the teams to swap leagues for the 2014 season. Should TFC prove itself incapable of competing at the NASL level, this agreement could be extended for another year (or a further agreement with a USL-PRO team could be arranged). Should the NASL find the terms of this agreement unacceptable, MLS could toss in some allocation money to make things even.