The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group and the Ottawa Fury had planned to bring professional soccer to town if the Lansdowne Partnership Plan was approved, but a schism within the United Soccer Leagues has thrown a wrench into those plans.

Earlier this week, seven teams from the USL-1 soccer league, including the Montreal Impact and the Vancouver Whitecaps, announced they were forming their own league.

Ottawa 67s owner and OSEG partner Jeff Hunt said Thursday they are nothing more than interested bystanders.

“The good news for us in Ottawa is that we’re not looking to field a team until 2013, possibly 2014,” he said. “Eventually, the situation will stabilize and we’ll go with whatever ends up happening.”

By the time the OSEG could be ready to field a team, both Montreal and Vancouver may be playing in Major League Soccer, but Montreal Impact owner Joey Saputo, chairman of the board of governors, said there is no danger in the new league struggling to maintain teams.

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