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TOA Confirms, New Proposed League Name Will be North American Soccer League

2009 November 23
by From the Wire

NASLNov. 23, 2009 – Formally announced two weeks ago, the new men’s second division professional soccer league slated to begin play next spring has announced its name, and it is a familiar one to soccer fans and players in the United States and Canada – the North American Soccer League (NASL).

NASL was the name of the men’s outdoor professional league that operated in the United States and Canada from 1968 to 1984, which played its final match 25 years ago last month and generated historic moments and memories for players and fans alike throughout its 16-year run.  Legends such as Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia, Johan Cruyff and Karl Heinz-Granitza played in the NASL, which served as the birthplace for numerous men’s professional outdoor franchises still in action today.

“By becoming the NASL, we are paying respect to the players, coaches and leaders who were pioneers for men’s professional soccer in North America, many of whom remain involved and committed to the growth of our game in various capacities throughout the U.S. and Canada,” said Selby Wellman, principal owner of the Carolina RailHawks and newly appointed president of NASL, LLC.  “For that, we honor and thank them with a new era for the NASL.

“Further, by going with NASL, we’re obligated to operate our league at a high standard befitting a name that means so much to the soccer community throughout North America.  Our intention is to offer an elite brand of soccer and outstanding experience for our partners and fans, something the old NASL did very well during its day.  We will do the same in the new NASL.”

Currently comprised of nine teams – the Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, Crystal Palace Baltimore, Miami FC, Minnesota Thunder, Montreal Impact, St. Louis Soccer United, Tampa Bay Rowdies and Vancouver Whitecaps FC – the league has submitted an application to the United States Soccer Federation for sanctioning as a Division II Men’s Outdoor Professional League.

NASL is also active in its search for a full-time commissioner and will introduce an extensive marketing campaign in the coming months.

11 Responses
  1. Paul permalink
    November 23, 2009

    I still like National Soccer League better.

  2. November 23, 2009

    How can it be National (relating to a nation) when you are representing Canada, the US and Puerto Rico?

  3. Paul permalink
    November 23, 2009

    Ask the National Hockey League.

  4. Fuggle permalink
    November 23, 2009

    And Puerto Rico isn’t represented. You’re thinking of the USL, Brian.

  5. November 23, 2009

    Yet! as in Puerto Rico isn’t represented yet.

  6. Soccer Boy permalink
    November 23, 2009

    Not to stick up for Paul, but Puerto Rico is technically a possession of the United States, so you could use the word “National.” Also, the Montreal Expos used to play in the National League (MBL). There are also Canadian teams in the National Basketball Association.

  7. November 23, 2009

    Of course you guys are all correct, but really, thinking about the word national, does it make sense? I think it’s a misuse of the word.

  8. Jorey permalink
    November 23, 2009

    I just heard Pele is coming out of retirement along with Beckenbauer and the chick from Bend it Like Beckham they will play for the new NSC team The Minnesota Thunder Kicking Cosmos. The new team colors are green and orange and the fist sponsor to sign on is Wingfield corp. Unfortunately the signing of Pele has made the 80 by 30 foot jumbo scoreboard almost an impossibility. This should be interesting.

  9. Frank Miller permalink
    November 23, 2009

    They way the releases are coming out i suspect there will be more news to discuss around the thanksgiving dinner tables

  10. Paul permalink
    November 24, 2009

    I can live with NASL, but they need to hire a professional graphic designer for that logo.

  11. Cam permalink
    November 24, 2009

    The “New” NASL better be legit. There are many, many of us that remember a standard of the old NASL, one that exceeds the level and play in the MLS, but only became a victim of being the 5th level of major pro sports (close behind the pre- LA Kings/Gretzky NHL). The soccer, players and coaches (managers) were great great in teh NASL. The economics and lack of major network follow thru was not mature enought.

    Again. lack of originality smaells of pretenders.

    Also, maybe I havent seen any info from you Brian or anyone, but what is the Impact of our current “pro” soccer drama, on the top wmens team in state – the Lightning?

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