Oklahoma the front-runner to be awarded NASL expansion team

Oklahoma the front-runner to be awarded NASL expansion team

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Oklahoma the front-runner to be awarded NASL expansion team

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By MIKE GRAMAJO 

An Oklahoma City soccer franchise is coming close to a reality in the North American Soccer League.

An expansion group from Oklahoma has been invited to formally present their bid to join the North American Soccer League at the league’s Board of Governors meeting in Dallas on June 25th. NASL commissioner Bill Peterson confirmed the invitation on Monday evening.

News surfaced about an Oklahoma franchise last June when Brad Lund, president of Sold Out Strategies, beat Bob Funk Jr., the owner and president of Prodigal LL, for the rights of the lease to Taft Stadium. 

Lund was awarded the lease to Taft Stadium, a potential future home for an Oklahoma City NASL franchise, with renovations costing approximately $9 million dollars. The renovations would be expected to be completed by the end of 2014, which would make the stadium ready for the 2015 NASL spring season.

The Oklahoma expansion bid must still be approved by the NASL, but sources tell SBI that the strength of Oklahoma’s bid makes it likely to be accepted.

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