Why the NASL Needs to Calm Down

There are eight teams currently the NASL, with two set to begin in 2018. That’s makes it a total of ten teams.The list of teams formerly in the NASL is longer than the list of teams that are currently playing in the NASL. There are nine teams that left the league for various reasons.

Five former teams moved on to other leagues. Minnesota United and Montreal Impact joined MLS and Ottawa Fury and the Tampa Bay Rowdies made the move to USL. The only team that took a step back is the Atlanta Silverbacks who joined the NPSL.

That leaves Rayo OKC, San Antonio Scorpions, and Puerto Rico Islanders. They all folded, with Rayo OKC only lasting a year before it’s collapse.

And nobody knows what’s going on with the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. They weren’t listed on the 2017 NASL season list after some lawsuits over unpaid debts and were basically bought at auction for a little over $5,000. The Ft. Lauderdale Strikers are the physical embodiment of the shrug emoji.


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