The league that folded more than 20 years ago is set to return, though in name only. The USL breakaway league officially announced Monday that they would revive the name North American Soccer League to use for the new league forming next season.
“By becoming the NASL, we are paying respect to the players, coaches and leaders who were pioneers for men’s professional soccer in North America, many of whom remain involved and committed to the growth of our game in various capacities throughout the U.S. and Canada,” Selby Wellman, owner of the Carolina Railhawks said in a press release.
At this point, there are nine teams in the newly-formed NASL: the Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina, Crystal Palace Baltimore, Miami FC, Minnesota Thunder, Montreal Impact, St. Louis, Tampa Bay Rowdies and Vancouver Whitecaps. The new league is still waiting for approval from the U.S. Soccer Federation, and will soon appoint a full-time commissioner.
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