Report: NASL could feature 8-10 teams in 2017 if league survives
While the future of NASL remains hanging by a string, the potential for a 2017 season is still there; barely.
According to SBI Soccer, the league continues to hold talks regarding the future of NASL and if the league does survive it could feature eight to 10 teams in 2017, before expanding to between 12-14 the following year.
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SBI also reports that while these talks are ongoing that there is no certainty the league will in fact continue after recent events have left NASL’s future in serious doubt.
With Minnesota United tabbed to join MLS next season and both the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Ottawa Fury entering USL in 2017, NASL has already lost three teams over the offseason to other divisions, while the New York Cosmos appear to be out of commission for the time being despite conflicting reports regarding the club’s status.
Additionally, the Jacksonville Armada, Rayo OKC and Fort Lauderdale Strikers are reportedly also in trouble, while North Carolina FC (formerly Carolina Railhawks) have announced their plans to apply for MLS entry in the near future.