The Sacramento Republic filed a complaint with the U.S. Soccer Federation, the city of Orlando, SC. Multiple sources have told ESPN that Labor is scouting his training session ahead of Wednesday’s US Open final.
ESPN television analyst Taylor Twellman first reported the employee’s presence at Sacramento practice, and the US Soccer Federation, which governs the tournament, is aware of the situation.
A USSF spokesman added that the federation was “looking into it” and confirmed that a USSF film crew had footage of the incident.
“The club has been made aware of the matter regarding the training session in Sacramento and is cooperating with U.S. Soccer,” Orlando said in a statement.
Sources told ESPN that the Orlando staffer was recognized by a Rep equipment manager as having a relationship with Orlando manager Oscar Pareja and was asked to leave several times within a 30-45 minute period. The employee told him that he was there to meet a friend who was training at a nearby field. Republic staff even went so far as to park two vans in front of the man to hide the view of the training, only to have them move to another location before he finally left.
A source at the Orlando club confirmed the employee’s presence, but said there was no concerted effort to get the individual to attend training and that the employee had not reported any information.
The incident happened Monday at Central Winds Park, a public park in suburban Winter Springs, FL. The Republican chose not to train at the Orlando training facility in order to gain some privacy, but has had trouble getting anywhere else. And he was forced to train in the park.
While the Orlando employee’s presence and motivation to participate in the training session in Sacramento has been confirmed, it is unclear what sanctions the USSF may face. The USSF Open Cup Open Division handbook does not strictly forbid what happened on Monday, but there is a judging and disciplinary panel that handles protests and general discipline.
Section 306 of the guidelines states: “Any person may make a complaint to the Panel against the conduct or omission of an Open Cup team, individual or group or organization participating in an Open Cup competition. or is contrary to the interests of the game.The panel shall take appropriate action against any person involved in any complaint in accordance with the provisions of subsection (c) of this section.
The guidelines add: “Other than overturning game results or forcing a replay of the game, the panel may take any action it deems appropriate, including suspension or fines, in accordance with these guidelines. If a protest is made, order the losing team to replay or consider moving the losing team forward.” If the group lodges an objection with the commissioner after the deadline, he may pursue the matter. The information after the deadline will confirm this decision.”
The two teams are each aiming for their first USOC crown, and Sacramento, playing in its second USL championship, is aiming to become the first non-MLS team to win the A Cup since the Rochester Rhinos in 1999. -league, claim the title against the Colorado Rapids.