NASL League 24 Nov2009
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THE NASL IS BACK
PRESS RELEASE: NOVEMBER 24, 2009
Formally announced two weeks ago, the new men's second division professional soccer
league slated to begin play next spring has announced its name, Monday, and it is a
familiar one to soccer fans and players in the United States and Canada - the North
American Soccer League (NASL). NASL was the name of the men's outdoor
professional league that operated in the United States and Canada from 1968 to 1984,
which played its final match 25 years ago last month and generated historic moments
and memories for players and fans alike throughout its 16-year run. Legends such as
Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia, Johan Cruyff and Karl Heinz-Granitza
played in the NASL, which served as the birthplace for numerous men's professional
outdoor franchises still in action today.
"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," said Selby Wellman, principal owner of the Carolina
RailHawks and newly appointed president of NASL, LLC. "For that, we honor and thank
them with a new era for the NASL.
"Further, by going with NASL, we're obligated to operate our league at a high standard
befitting a name that means so much to the soccer community throughout North
America. Our intention is to offer an elite brand of soccer and outstanding experience
for our partners and fans, something the old NASL did very well during its day. We will
do the same in the new NASL."
Currently comprised of nine teams - the Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks,
Crystal Palace Baltimore, Miami FC, Minnesota Thunder, Montreal Impact, St. Louis
Soccer United, Tampa Bay Rowdies and Vancouver Whitecaps FC - the league has
submitted an application to the United States Soccer Federation for sanctioning as a
Division II Men's Outdoor Professional League.
NASL is also active in its search for a full-time commissioner and will introduce an
extensive marketing campaign in the coming months.
Source: Team Owners Association