http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/footba ... erica.html
These discussions are unlikely to begin in earnest until the NASL has finished its plans for expansion into a 20-team league. There are currently 11 teams in the league with two more to join next year, Miami FC which is part-owned by former AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini and Puerto Rico FC, which is owned by NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony (below).
"They're two great additions to this league," said Peterson, who revealed that both franchises will begin to make announcements over their progress this month.
Teams from Virginia and Oklahoma were due to join but for different reasons will now not. "We've moved on from both of them," says Peterson.
The next focus for the league is to admit teams from the West Coast of the United States.
"We expect to make some announcements this year regarding new teams in the league based on the West Coast," Peterson added. "So we start to get to a number of 15, 16 or 17 and from there we have to be careful what we do with the last three, which is a great place to be for us.
"We don't have a hard deadline but within around 18 to 24 months we will be at our 20 teams and have a nice footprint on the East Coast and West Coast and we're going to fill it in the centre of the country and in Canada as well.
"The territory is so big, it's hard to figure out what the right footprint is and we'd love a mix of major cities and smaller cities that are hotbeds for soccer and that's ultimately what we're trying to accomplish. The good news is the marketplace is so big... the challenge is the marketplace is so big."
The NASL is required to have teams on the West Coast to comply with US Soccer requirements for division two status but Peterson says he will not be pressurised or swayed into where to admit teams or when.
Then there was a tweet from Global Premier Management today: "When ALL USL NASL clubs begin paying 12 month contracts, health insurance and a living wage, then we can talk about PRO/REL." Talk about shots fired.
Still waiting on the ever promised LA team, eh?
You have this... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/117968 ... erica.html
It hit the rounds earlier this week. The usual people started going crazy. Joe Barone says he's working with the NASL.
http://www.nasl.com/news/2015/08/12/nas ... relegation
Motivations here are obvious. Commissioner of what's primarily a "collegiate summer league" (both PDL and NPSL are this, generally) sees a crowd of 18,000 in Chattanooga (yes, Chattanooga) for their championship game, knows that there's a handful of markets (Detroit and Nashville among them) where they're not drawing merely collegiate summer crowds and are actually getting a buzz. Strike while the fire is hot, never mind most of the clubs couldn't possibly qualify for either the USSF's pro standards nor really a more realistic version. Also, never mind that the USL is doing things like muscling in on Cincinnati without so much as a wave. The NASL... anything to deflect from Traffic without looking too much like liars (I guess you give them credit for that in the current environment).
http://www.bigsoccer.com/blog/2015/8/11 ... occer-warz