Thursday, November 11, 2010

NASL Adds Teams For 2011, Submits Applicaton For Division 2 Sanctioning To USSF

The North American Soccer League, which operated last season as a part of the US Soccer Federation's Division 2 Pro League with the former USL First Division, now called USL PRO, held their Annual General Meeting in Miami this past Sunday and Monday and made several announcements.

The NASL will expand by two teams for the 2011 season -- the NSC Minnesota Stars, who originally were to play in USL-1, but crossed over to the NASL, and the revived Atlanta Silverbacks. The league has already announced San Antonion will join the league in 2012 and as-yet-named expansion city will be added for the 2013 season.

The league has also submitted their application with the USSF for sanctioning as a Division 2 Pro League and will know the federation's decision November 21 at their annual meeting in Toronto, site of Major League Soccer's MLS Cup championship game.

The USSF Division 2 League was formed by the federation after both the NASL and USL-1 failed to meet sanctioning requirements to operate as separate leagues in the 2010 season.

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