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Report: San Francisco Deltas fold just days after winning NASL crown

Just a few days after lifting the NASL trophy, the San Francisco Deltas have officially folded.

According to the Mercury News, the Deltas concluded operations on Wednesday after toppling the New York Cosmos, 2-0, in Sunday’s NASL finale.

“It’s hard to believe how far we’ve come in less than three years,” Deltas founder Ricardo Geromel told the Mercury News. “Hundreds of people embraced the dream and were essential to turning the Deltas into a reality. But that’s not all — in our first season of playing, we won the championship in a sold-out final game against the New York Cosmos at Kezar Stadium last Sunday.

“I want to thank each and every one of you for being a part of this amazing adventure.”

After an up-and-down Spring season, the Deltas surged through the fall en route to a second-place finish. After taking down North Carolina FC in the league semifinals, the club sealed its first and only season with a title win on home turf.

However, it wasn’t enough to undo what was a difficult year for the club on the financial side. As a result of low attendance numbers, club CEO Brian Andrés Helmic challenged fans to bring others to games to help lift the club. Total attendance at Kezar Stadium for the season was reportedly around 20,000.

Now, the NASL loses another club heading into what will almost certainly be a tumultuous offseason headlined by a sanctioning lawsuit and the potential exit of several teams.


  1. Apparently the Deltas’ folding is not yet official and the Mercury News did zero research before publishing the article. Nice job, Mercury News.

  2. The countdown to a wildly optimistic press release from NY Cosmos that NASL has a strong, sustainable business plan and intends to expand to a 20-team league starts in 3, 2, 1 …

    • Something like ‘The Deltas just got relegated’?

      It’s a sad day in the US when any soccer team folds. As fv(|<3d up as the NASL leadership is, I don't wish death on any of their teams.

  3. Think if this club had joined USL from the start. 2 Home games with Sacramento and they would have nearly had the same attendance in those 2 games as they did the whole year.


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