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NASL Ticker: Expansion, Rayo OKC, Miami FC and more

Photo by Bob Stanton/USA TODAY Sports
Photo by Bob Stanton/USA TODAY Sports

With two new teams set to enter the fray in the Spring Season, the NASL offseason is as busy as ever. Here’s a closer look at some of this week’s movement across the league:

Speaking to Empire of Soccer, NASL commissioner Bill Peterson says the league expects to expand into the Western U.S. within the next several months.  According to the report, San Francisco, Orange County, San Diego and Las Vegas are possible markets. (REPORT)

Ahead of its debut campaign, Rayo OKC has bolstered its roster with the signings of MLS veterans Michel and Kosuke Kimura. Michel joins after spending the past three seasons with FC Dallas, while Kimura featured for the Atlanta Silverbacks in 2015. (REPORT)

Miami FC has signed Brazilian midfielder Matuzalem Francelino da Silva, whose career clubs include Napoli, Parma, Shakhtar Donetsk and Lazio. (REPORT)

In addition, Miami FC has added former SC Wiener Neustadt midfielder Robert Baggio Kcira and forward Aaron Dennis, previously of Arizona United. (REPORT)

Indy Eleven has added former Chicago Fire, San Jose Earthquakes and Columbus Crew goalkeeper Jon Busch, who will also serve as the club’s Director of Goalkeeping. (REPORT)

Former Atlanta Silverbacks centerback Simon Mensing has signed with the Carolina RailHawks. (REPORT)

David Diosa and Alexis Velela of the New York Cosmos will spend a week training with La Liga’s Malaga ahead of the start of preseason. (REPORT)

Former Sacramento Republic forward Justin Braun and defender Nemanja Vuković have joined Indy Eleven. (REPORT)

Tamika Mkandawire has signed a contract extension with the Tampa Bay Rowdies after playing every single minute for the club in 2015. (REPORT)

FC Edmonton has signed Canadian goalkeeper Nathan Ingham and Brazilian league veteran Gustavo Salgueiro. (REPORT)

The Carolina RailHawks have released a preliminary preseason schedule that includes friendlies with the Richmond Kickers, Charlotte Independence and more. (REPORT)

Where do you think the NASL should expand to? What signing caught your eye this week?

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  1. Nice to keep up with the second (by far) division. I see it’s becoming something of a retirement league for washed up MLS players. ??


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