Before the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships kicked off in Germantown on July 22, a lawsuit against and resignation of Maryland State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) President Raymond I. Greenberg and secretary Claire Filemyr dulled the spirited fanfare.
According to previously published reports, Judge Robert A. Greenberg of the Montgomery County Circuit Court issued a 10-day temporary restraining order that would prohibit both Greenberg and Filemyr from acting on behalf of MSYSA “in any capacity.” The suit was brought forward by the MSYSA executive board, who suspected Filemyr and Greenberg of attempting to usurp the organization.
The restraining order is only part of a temporary resolution to the case. Judge Greenberg is not permitted to comment on impending cases.
The remaining members of the board are intent on pushing past the conflict. According to executive vice president Mark Cantor, the organization is “very close” to finding replacements for Greenburg and Filemyr.
“Now that the dust has settled, we’re unified and motivated to move this association forward,” Cantor said. “Please keep in mind that the board is made up of volunteers. We’re just soccer people. We’re bonded and moving forward.”
The show has gone on successfully without the removed parties. The first matches of the championship, often regarded as the summit of youth soccer, began at 8 a.m. in the Maryland Soccerplex to thousands of players and spectators.