A Few More Tidbits On the NASL Bid
IMS has learned that the NASL will not reveal more information about the ownership groups that are involved with the eight teams that have been submitted to USSF for sanctioning of Division II soccer in the U.S until after US Soccer has made a decision.
The National Sports Center was contacted today to find out more about the new owner or owner investor. NSC Stars General Manager Kris Bjerkness released a very brief statement to IMS saying: “I can’t comment on the structure of the league until after USSF acts on the application. I will say that we are very pleased that pro soccer can continue in Minnesota.”
IMS has confirmed that the initial 8 teams are indeed, Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, FC Tampa Bay, Montreal Impact, Miami FC Blues, NSC Minnesota Stars and the Puerto Rico Islanders.
From information IMS has obtained, it is still possible that other teams could be added to the league at a later date if they were to meet all the USSF D2 requirements and were accepted by the NASL. That would include AC St. Louis if the sale is completed and the new owner were to pass the NASL’s standards. It’s also been learned that the NASL vetted their teams very carefully to make sure they would pass the financial standards that US Soccer has set.
It’s also believed that Rochester is mentioned in the about statement at the end of the press release for legal reasons. A source from the NASL who did not want to go on record had previously told IMS that Rochester signed a multi-year agreement with the NASL. Rhinos owner Rob Clark recently announced that he was moving his team to the United Soccer Leagues’ new league, USL PRO, a third division league that is currently centered on the East Coast.
It’s also believed that the FC Baltimore that was also mentioned in that same statement is the Medds, who previously owned Crystal Palace Baltimore and are interested in starting another team in the future. Pete Medd was reported to have been at the AGM. CP Baltimore ran out of money before the season started and was helped out by the league and the USSF to finish the season.
This afternoon Brian Wellman, son of RailHawks majority owner Selby Wellman, released a press statement with a few minor points concerning the NASL and the AGM. Here are a few of those points.
* RailHawks owners will be traveling to Toronto next week for MLS Cup and hold several meetings to discuss scheduling, play-offs and many other topics.
* San Antonio attended the AGM this past week and brings a powerful and experienced group to the table. San Antonio will begin play in 2012.
* The NASL has agreed to terms with another new franchise yet to be disclosed until official. This franchise is planning on playing in 2013.
* We (the NASL) have several other franchises wishing to join and will visit these cities in the coming months.