Soccer: Pro soccer's future in OKC will go through courtroom

In response to a “cease and desist” letter sent by the United Soccer Leagues, a lawsuit has been filed by a group wanting to bring a North American Soccer League team to the city.
BY RHIANNON WALKER, Staff Writer, rwalker@opubco.com Published: July 1, 2013
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photo - Brad Lund of Sold Out Strategies waits to speak to the Oklahoma City school board on June 17, 2013. Lund and Sold Out Strategies intend to bring a professional soccer team to Oklahoma City to play in Taft Stadium. Photo by KT KING, The Oklahoman
Brad Lund of Sold Out Strategies waits to speak to the Oklahoma City school board on June 17, 2013. Lund and Sold Out Strategies intend to bring a professional soccer team to Oklahoma City to play in Taft Stadium. Photo by KT KING, The Oklahoman

Just when the battle for professional soccer in Oklahoma City seemed to reach its peak, a clash took on a new level of intensity on Monday.

In response to a “cease and desist” letter sent by the United Soccer Leagues, a lawsuit was filed by Sold Out Strategies, Brad Lund, DeBray Ayala, Sean Jones and Donna Clark. The lawsuit against the USL is over the “Covenant Not to Compete” clause in their “Franchise Agreement.”

The lawsuit came a day before Prodigal LLC was expected to formally announce the approval of a USL team coming to Oklahoma City. A press conference is still scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Devon Tower.

On June 17, Lund, the managing partner of Sold Out Strategies, was awarded a two-year lease plus renewal option by Oklahoma City Public Schools for Taft Stadium. Sold Out Strategies wants to bring a North American Soccer League team to the city in 2015.

“The ‘Covenant Not to Compete' is not enforceable under Oklahoma law, because we believe it violates (public) policy in its breadth,” said attorney Kiran Phansalkar, who represents Sold Out Strategies. “We hope that a federal judge in Oklahoma City will consider and rule in our favor, which would allow these individuals, if they so choose, to move forward with their efforts or involvement, if they choose, with the North American Soccer League.”