NASL announces club in SoCal; USL expands into Birmingham

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In a day of (probably) inadvertent “Can you top this?”, both the North American Soccer League and the United Soccer League added new clubs.

In the NASL’s case, we’ll see their entrant earlier as California United FC is set to debut next Spring, joining the San Francisco Deltas and the unnamed San Diego club helmed by Eden Hazard, Demba Ba, and friends.

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CUFC will announce its colors and crest in the next few weeks, and says it’s a big proponent of promotion and relegation. That piggybacks off fellow NASL club Miami FC and NPSL club Kingston Stockade’s petition to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The USL is bringing a club to Birmingham, Alabama, for the 2019 season, a club which will have a relationship with existing NPSL club Birmingham Hammers (which debuted in 2016).

According to the USL web site, the Birmingham club will be run by “Jeff Logan, co-owner of the Birmingham Barons baseball team; James Outland, founding and managing partner of New Capital Partners; and Lee Styslinger, III, chairman and chief executive officer of Altec, Inc.”