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Pro soccer: NASL approves Oklahoma City, Jacksonville as expansion sites

The Oklahoma City team will begin play in the spring of 2015. The team will play home games at refurbished Taft Stadium.
BY RHIANNON WALKER, Staff Writer, rwalker@opubco.com Modified: July 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm •  Published: July 25, 2013
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Mark Frisch and former pro soccer player Dario Sala of the Sunshine Soccer Group, which staged a Mexico Primera League exhibition game at EverBank Field earlier this month, presented Jacksonville's bid.

The second half of the 2013 NASL season kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 3, when eight clubs contest the fall season, with the winner joining the spring season champion Atlanta Silverbacks in NASL Soccer Bowl on Nov. 9.

The North American Soccer League is a professional circuit established in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

Current NASL member teams are: Atlanta, Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Minnesota United FC, New York Cosmos, Puerto Rico Islanders, San Antonio Scorpions FC and Tampa Bay Rowdies. Indy Eleven, Ottawa Fury FC and Virginia Cavalry FC will begin play in 2014.

In the coming months, OKC Pro Soccer, LLC will host a formal press event to announce details of its ownership group, discuss plans in more detail and unveil the professional soccer enhancements being added to the Taft Stadium renovation plans.

 

“It is our intent to give soccer fans, supporters, community partners and sponsors a high performing team and game experience they'll be proud of,” McLaughlin said. “With the official NASL vote now behind us, we can move forward to build out our organization and begin the process of building a team to compete on this national playing field.”