Potential Chicago NASL Team Won’t Launch in 2017

IMAGE, CHICAGO NASL

by JAKE NUTTING

Do not expect to see the North American Soccer League in the Windy City next year.

There was some optimism earlier this year that the group attempting to bring a NASL team to Chicago might be ready to kick off for the 2017 season, but setbacks in securing a home venue have squashed that hope.

The group’s official Twitter account posted on Tuesday that it won’t have an update on it’s venue search until November.

 

The organization behind the expansion effort, Club 9 Sports, has targeted Soldier Field as its number one choice for a home venue. If the group were to secure the historic stadium, CEO Peter Wilt has stated that they would likely only open up 15,000 seats of the 61,000 seat venue for matches. Remaining within Chicago city limits has been highlighted as a primary goal of the group.

The delay in Chicago means the San Francisco Deltas are the only confirmed expansion team for the NASL’s 2017 season. With Minnesota United FC moving to Major League Soccer next year, the ambitious second division league would hold steady at 12 teams unless there are any surprise expansion announcements within the next few months.

Chicago is the group farthest down the road when it comes to gaining approval from the NASL Board of Governors. It was reported in May that former Tennessee Economic and Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty was in the process of building a group of investors for an expansion effort in Nashville, but there have been no updates since then. Meanwhile, th United Soccer League has already announced a new team in the market with hopes of kicking off in 2018.

There are also rumors of the NASL possibly returning to Atlanta in a new stadium in the suburbs of the city, but Commissioner Bill Peterson has stated many times that adding more teams on the West Coast is a priority for the league.

  • slowleftarm

    Pointless. Instead of focusing on cities that don’t have soccer, this clown league insists on challenging MLS – how is that working out? The flagship team in NASL gets 3-4k a game, meanwhile the new Cincinnati team is drawing 17k a game in USL. Because they aren’t competing against MLS!

    • Metrobull since 96

      I wonder if things are really the same in Chicago. The Fire are so poorly run and now a team tun by the patron saint of Chicago soccer is starting an alternative. And it’s not going to be out in the suburbs.

      I don’t know. But we’ll certainly learn something from this experiment.

      On the flip side this might be motivation for The Fire to get their act together. If the Fire are a playoff team this whole NASL thing dies in the crib

      • slowleftarm

        Just as with the Cosmos no one under about 45-50 years old even remembers the Chicago Sting of the old NASL. And how do we know it won’t be in the suburbs? The reason for this delay is “venue issues” – i.e. they don’t have a venue.

        And of course where NASL’s next expansion target is in Nashville where USL is already setting up a team. They never learn.

        • Eric

          so says the Supporter Shield fan

    • Gideon

      How come all the other lower level teams that don’t compete with MLS teams don’t draw 17k, if that’s the only reason?

      How come teams IN CINCINNATI never drew before?

      There’s more to it than that. And the Chicago Fire is probably the most vulnerable MLS team there is.

      • slowleftarm

        Because it’s a large city with no soccer team prior to this year. Orlando used to draw big too before they moved to MLS.

    • WSW

      Actually MLS started it by going into NASL market in Atlanta…also attendancephiles seem to exist in MLS must have inferiority complex independant clubs all over world dont care about attendance numbers

      • Larry\’s A Simpleton

        RIGHT! Because everyone knows attendance numbers are overrated and meaningless. WSW = a dope on big soccer and a bigger dope on EOS.

      • slowleftarm

        “Clubs all over the world don’t care about attendance numbers.” Huh? Where did you get that from?

        MLS offered Atlanta the chance to upgrade its soccer and it took the opportunity gladly. Same with Minnesota. The point is that NASL can’t compete with MLS because NASL is an inferior product. So it should look to expand in markets where there isn’t already an MLS competitor.

        • Larry\’s A Simpleton

          i just saw over on big soccer miami got over 9000 to their last home match by selling $1 tickets and hot dogs and giving away free beer.

          maybe the f.cosmos and their deep pockets should hand out a $20 bill to every fan that walks into the lacrosse stadium. maybe they will get more than 3200 for that one.

  • Larry\’s A Simpleton

    Just as in New York City I guess the people in Chicago don’t give a fat rats ass about independent soccer clubs either.

    #PULLTHEPLUGONTHENASL!

  • rest of world

    Slow and Larry/cynthia….MLS ambassadors!!!
    Woooohooooooo BEST LEAGUE EVER

    • Larry\’s A Simpleton

      I report, you decide. A great American once said “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” If you and the other fanboys can’t wrap your heads around the failure the independent NASL has become, then I don’t know what to tell you.

      But of course, the dimwitted f.cosmos fanboys will have nothing of substance to reply with, so I won’t wait for a reply. Big Soccer blows this dump out of the water.

      • Rest of world

        You are a cross dressing unemployed pathmark worker. Thats what your momma said!!!!!
        #larryiscynthia!!!

        • Larry\’s A Simpleton

          LOL. Once again f.cosmos can bring nothing to the table and prove to everyone how slow witted they are with their lame insults. You’re probably real popular in algebra class! What a dullard! roflmao

          #RestofworldOWNED

  • Deepblack

    This is old news, Wilt said that already on a podcast earlier this year. They did not want to start half way through a season like others have.

  • OpenCupFan

    I wonder what’s going to happen in Seattle and Portland when actual soccer clubs show up.
    .
    Btw – anyone see the mls sponsored too in Seattle? Lololololololololololololololololol
    .
    #bushLEAGUEmls
    .
    #ProRelforUSA

    • OpenCupFan

      mls sponsored *TIFO*
      .
      Darn autocorrect!

      • james w

        good luck if the league will even be around in 2018, interesting the article does not talk about the possible contraction of relegated rayo and ft. Lauderdale at some point?… We know what the end result will be with the cos-shmos drawing only about 2000 to games, just the timeline is in question -which year will the league fold?…

    • Larry\’s A Simpleton

      Typical, delusional f.cosmos fanboy. You’re an imbecile, but then again, as a f.cosmos fanboy that’s rather redundant.

      #LOL@OPENCUPFAN

      • slowleftarm

        Is this guy kidding? Seattle and Portland will be in trouble?! LOL!!! They got 53k for their match last weekend. That is more than will show up all of 2016 in Hempstead. Portland 2 (i.e. the reserve minor league team) sold out a 5k stadium in Boise, Idaho. Meanwhile the global brand won’t get 5k the rest of the season.

        • Larry\’s A Simpleton

          5300o is more than the entire nasl combined can draw in 2 weeks worth of matches.

  • Garbers son

    nasl the cockroach that never gives up:)
    Chicago needs a new owner then a rebrand with a new stadium.
    Any name ideas

  • OpenCupFan

    You clowns been saying this league and club are going to fold for years now. – no offense to clowns intended.
    .
    #ProRelforUSA
    .
    Support your local INDEPENDENT soccer CLUBS!

    • james w

      there are no independent clubs in nasl either, league controlled by criminal traffic sports, cos-shmos by Saudi oil money, and relegated rayo by well, you know…
      who are the independent teams we should be supporting – the Jersey Express and Brooklyn?… guess they do support young future talent like MLS and USL – too bad nasl only has those 40 yr olds…

    • Larry\’s A Simpleton

      #ANOTHERDAYISANOTHERDAYCLOSERTONASLFOLDING

  • Bird man

    Didn’t Nasl have a meeting in Atlanta, any news out of that. I’m pretty sure all owners are in and support the commissioner.
    If nasl does go west/westcoast, where can they go.
    L.A.
    Fresno
    Boise
    Eugene
    Vegas
    Albuquerque
    Nebraska
    San Diego
    Any inside info of what happen in the nasl meeting

  • Alex gago

    it’s cheap to start a USL Club with under $250,000 operating expense you can start an USL Club NASl is less than 5 million MLS is over a hundred million do the math