Soccer: Pro soccer's future in OKC will go through courtroom

In response to a “cease and desist” letter sent by the United Soccer Leagues, a lawsuit has been filed by a group wanting to bring a North American Soccer League team to the city.
BY RHIANNON WALKER, Staff Writer, rwalker@opubco.com Published: July 1, 2013
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photo - Brad Lund of Sold Out Strategies waits to speak to the Oklahoma City school board on June 17, 2013. Lund and Sold Out Strategies intend to bring a professional soccer team to Oklahoma City to play in Taft Stadium. Photo by KT KING, The Oklahoman
Brad Lund of Sold Out Strategies waits to speak to the Oklahoma City school board on June 17, 2013. Lund and Sold Out Strategies intend to bring a professional soccer team to Oklahoma City to play in Taft Stadium. Photo by KT KING, The Oklahoman

The lawsuit said: “ ... Mr. Jones, Ms. Clark, Mr. Lund and Mr. Ayala, each received a letter from the USL's attorneys threatening to sue each of them if they did not immediately abandon the idea of a NASL men's professional team in the Oklahoma City area. In addition to threatening to sue (the) plaintiffs, the USL has sent letters to both the board and Mr. McLaughlin.”

Oklahoma City resident Tim McLaughlin has emerged as a leader of the NASL group, and his associates will continue their pursuit of a franchise so a team can be established in Oklahoma City.

Bill Peterson, the NASL commissioner, invited McLaughlin to the league's board of governors meeting on July 25 in Dallas. McLaughlin could make a presentation about his vision for NASL soccer in Oklahoma City.

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