During an interview with the Telegraph release last week, commissioner Bill Peterson spoke about how the NASL had "moved on from both of them", speaking about the announced, but seemingly dead, expansion clubs in Oklahoma City and Virginia. While continuing to find answers, I have come across conflicting statements from Peterson and the Twitter accounts of both Oklahoma City FC, currently operating a women's team, and their owner, Brad Lund. I wrote about the optimism they both expressed about still joining the league soon in this article about a month ago.
Looks like Peterson's interview statement isn't derailing any plans in OKC to join NASL. I'm not quite sure how this is happening. It doesn't make financial sense to throw resources, money, and time to put a team together that the league has said is not happening. There's got to be something happening...
Interesting stuff. I will, as I'm sure many NASL fans will be, wondering if there is still a possibility for OKC to join the league. To date, the league has not released an official statement saying OKC and Virginia are absolutely NOT joining. All we have right now is Peterson's comment in the Telegraph article.
I will continue to search and see what comes up.
La Liga side, Rayo Vallecano, enters NASL market
While no official word has been uttered by any party in the NASL to OKC saga, it sure looks as though the NASL will get a team in the Sooner State. futbol.as.com is reporting that La Liga side, Rayo Vallecano, has purchased the majority stake in the NASL expansion side, Oklahoma City FC. They will be the first Spanish side to invest in the NASL and could become a huge coup for the league. With an owners meeting rumored to occur in September, we could hear a more definitive answer from the league on whether or not the NASL will play in the Sooner State. I can't imagine the league turning down an investment from a La Liga side.
Say for Bill Peterson's comment, all the evidence is pointing to an eventual team playing in Oklahoma City in the NASL.
Soccer On -ASC
Nothing is confirmed, but it looks like there might be NASL play in Oklahoma City after all. This afternoon, Alamo Soccer reached out to @OklahomaCityFC on Twitter wondering about the status of their men's team *scheduled* to make their appearance in the North American Soccer League for the 2016 season.
All indications from the league's headquarters have suggested that OKC was not going to join the league. When Miami FC and Puerto Rico FC were announced as expansion teams earlier this summer, the league said, "Puerto Rico FC will be the NASL’s 13th club after the league recently added Miami FC." In addition, the team logos (OKC & Virginia) had already been removed from the league's website. These were big indications that OKC and Virginia had been pushed aside and more than likely would never join the league.
While this is all still speculation, the response gives us the sense that OKC and the league have been secretly working behind closed doors to get the team on the field.
Will OKC be playing in the NASL in 2016 or beyond? ASC will keep you updated on this story as we learn more about it.
Soccer On -ASC
ASC has done some more searching in the Twittershpere and found a tweet from Sold Out Strategies Co-Owner, Brad Lund, saying that he's hoping for good news in the coming weeks.
Taking this with a grain of salt is necessary. NASL fans and OKC fans have heard multiple times that good news is around the corner, unfortunately that corner seems to be endless.
We will keep our eye out for any more indications on the future of the NASL in Oklahoma City.
Soccer On -ASC
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