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NASL Ticker: Chicago expansion, International Champions Cup and more

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A potential NASL expansion project continues to roll on, while one of this summer’s biggest tournaments could be set to feature NASL representation.

Following the disbanding of the Sting Trust, those behind the Chicago NASL project have issued a statement thanking the group for their work in looking to bring a team to Chicago. The Chicago NASL group, which includes Peter Wilt, is set to hold a public event on Monday. (REPORT)

Charlie Stilitano, co-founder and chairman of Relevent Sports, says that he is open to including the New York Cosmos or another NASL team in this summer’s International Champions Cup. The tournament, which has had three previous iterations, has previously boasted some of the world’s top teams like Real Madrid, Chelsea and Barcelona. (REPORT)

Rayo OKC has announced partnerships with KELME and Under Armour. KELME will produce the club’s inaugural kits, while Under Armour will serve as the club’s official footwear provider. (REPORT)

NASL veteran Stephen DeRoux has joined Indy Eleven. The defender spent the past three seasons with the San Antonio Scorpions, featuring 74 times. (REPORT)

Defender Kyle Venter has signed with Ottawa Fury FC. Venter, a 2014 MLS Draft selection by the LA Galaxy, made 24 appearances for the Tulsa Roughnecks last season. (REPORT)

FC Edmonton announced the signing of 18-year-old Shamit Shome. The Canadian Under-20 international recently graduated from the NASL club’s academy. (REPORT)

What do you think of the NASL Chicago project? Who would you like to see in the ICC? What do you think of Rayo OKC’s new kit deal?

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    • So you are only a brand supporter instead of a team supporter. A team is a team. You either support them or not, but choosing a team because of it’s brand is a weird way to support anything.

  1. This clown show has learned nothing from the disaster that is Hempstead Cosmos. Sure, let’s put another team in a big city that already has an MLS team. That’s how we’ll prove we’re first division!!

    Please, as big a joke as the Fire are, they are in MLS and, therefore, miles ahead of any NASL team.

    • There is no harm in two teams in major cities. Leagues all over the world do this, so why is it a big deal when the NASL do it? Also, for a disaster, the Cosmos is a top two professional lower division club. If they are a disaster then all the lower division teams are disasters. They still have a good amount of fan support, they are one of the richest lower division clubs and their quality would put them in MLS’s mid table in the Eastern Conference.

      Just because something is in MLS does not mean a lower division team can not be more popular. You would be surprise how many people like the lower division leagues over MLS. There is even a large chunk of people that like the USL over MLS and don’t like the two partnering.

  2. Considering the unmitigated disaster that is the Chicago Fire, a NASL team in Chicago proper, if done right, could actually succeed…


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