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The NASL Roundup – Preseason

Welcome to the Preseason NASL Roundup, a periodic update of all the happenings in the NASL. We will offer these as regularly as time and events will allow.

The League

The NASL renewed the contract of Commissioner David Downs for another 2 years, contracting him through the 2013 season.

 “2011 was about laying the foundation for the new NASL.  And now we turn towards building on that foundation.  Given Commissioner Downs’ extensive sports and TV industry background and his personal dedication to the sport of soccer in North America, we are fortunate to have him serving in this critical role,”  “We look forward to the growth of the NASL in both size and stature over the coming years with him at the helm,”

-Aaron Davidson, Chairman of the NASL Board of Governors (BOG).

In a statement this week Downs stated that the League is in “active discussions with prospective owners in over 20 markets”. Expansion of the NASL is critical for continued USSF sanctioning.

Carolina RailHawks

Announced additions to their coaching staff:

Dewan Bader, Greg Shields, Nic Platter and John Bradford join as assistants to head coach Colin Clarke for the 2012 season.  Shields and Platter will have dual roles as players and coaches.

Atlanta Silverbacks

The Silverbacks have a unique new marketing scheme, The Owners Challenge:

Silverbacks Owner Boris Jerkunica has issued a public challenge to the local soccer community. Jerkunica is challenging any team in the area to play him and his staff, with 30 group tickets or two season tickets as a wager for the game.

If Jerkunica and his staff win, the challenging team must purchase 30 group tickets or two season tickets (their choice). If the Silverbacks team loses, the challenging team will win that same ticket quantity. Each game is followed by a social hour featuring complimentary refreshments courtesy of the Silverbacks.

San Antonio Scorpions

Broke ground on their New Soccer Specific Stadium:

Scorpions Community Stadium will be San Antonio’s premier outdoor sports and special-events venue when it opens for the 2013 North American Soccer League (NASL) season. In addition to serving as the Scorpions’ home, the multi-purpose stadium will host high school, and collegiate soccer championships, plus concerts and other special activities

- SA Scorpions Website


 Minnesota Stars FC

If you didn’t notice before the team has re-branded and is looking fine.

Don’t worry about a designated driver all you Dark Clouds, the team is offering fans a “free ride”

Minnesota Stars FC and Metro Transit have teamed up to give soccer fans a free ride to and from downtown Minneapolis on April 7. Fans who show their ticket to Stars FC’s home opener against the Carolina RailHawks at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome can ride any Metro Transit bus or light rail train in the two-hour windows before and after the match.

Puerto Rico Islanders

The Islanders continue to reach out to the Island that spawned the two-time CFU Champs, this time through SOCCER 101:

The Puerto Rico Islanders, in partnership with Bayamon FC and the city of Bayamon, visited the Rafael Hernandez  School today as part of the Soccer 101 program.  The Soccer 101 program was established as a program to teach fundamental soccer skills and spread the development of soccer in schools across the Island.



“We welcome Ottawa to the NASL,” said League Commissioner David Downs. “As we continue to expand and collectively grow professional soccer in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, Ottawa is a natural market with a vibrant business community, large soccer fan base and an exceptional ownership group.”

OSEG partner John Pugh, who is also the CEO and Owner of the Ottawa Fury Soccer Club, has been named President of the new NASL franchise. Pugh says he’s committed to building a successful team on and off the field.

This will be, by far, the highest calibre of soccer we’ll have seen in Ottawa since the 2007 FIFA Men’s U-20 World Cup. We are committed to fielding a competitive team from the get-go, providing a lively, entertaining game day experience for families and establishing strong ties with all soccer players and fans across the region. It’s a privilege to have this opportunity.

- John Pugh

Ottawa’s new 24,000 seat soccer-friendly downtown stadium will be built to exact FIFA specifications. The City of Ottawa and OSEG are partners in the project and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson says it’s an exciting time for the entire city

Residents are excited about NASL soccer, our bid for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, CFL football and other events that will take place in Ottawa thanks to a newly redeveloped Lansdowne Park. With 65,000 registered players in our region playing the world’s game, it’s high time Ottawa had a professional soccer team and a world-class stadium

- Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottowa


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