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.
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