But several owners addressed U.S. Soccer board of directors' initial decision not to extend Division 2 sanctioning. most notably Rocco Commisso, whose decision to take over the New York Cosmos saved the league in January.
Commisso termed the decision “completely arbitrary and unfair" and vowed to reverse it, saying it was his expectation when he took over the team that "would allow us to play at the Division 2 level long enough for me to work with the NASL’s leadership to strengthen and grow our league.”
Jax owner ready to own four. Robert Palmer, who bought the league-run Jacksonville Armada this summer, tweeted that his official response was "We got this." He also tweeted that "My math skills may not be the best ... but I'll own 4 to save the future. Wouldn't make me the first to do it and probably not the last."
He was referring to launching RP Soccer teams in Oklahoma, the Carolinas and Tennessee, though not necessarily NASL teams. Separately, the Armada's technical director, Nathan Walter, tweeted that the club was seeking three coaches willing to relocated with U.S. Soccer or UEFA A licenses.
FC Edmonton seeks
sustainable situation. Tom Fath and brother Dave have owned FC Edmonton since 2009, making them the longest-serving owners in the NAS.
Tom Fath told the Edmonton Journal he is committed to soccer in Edmonton, where the big issue is getting a soccer-specific stadium, and was ready see out the year and how things transpire with the NASL.
“We believe in soccer,” he said. “At the same time, while the attendance has improved, it still has a way to go to become sustainable. But currently, we’re still committed to soccer.”
The NASL currently has eight teams and plans to add teams in San Diego and Orange County in 2018. In a statement to reporter Bob Williams, California United FC said is was disappointed with the BOD's decision and remained "focused on the 2017 NASL Season and committed to delivering the best possible soccer experience."
North Carolina FC, which is seeking an MLS franchise, took a more neutral position, tweeting that it is "committed to playing at highest level in 2018 and beyond."