Puerto Rico FC won't field a team in 2018 in the aftermath of the NASL's decision not to play this year.
The Puerto Rican club, which joined the NASL in 2015, is owned by NBA star
. It faced the logistical challenges after Hurricane Maria caused extensive damage in Puerto Rico.
The NASL decision came four days after
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a District Court's
decision denying the NASL's request for an injunction requiring that U.S. Soccer sanction it as a Division 2 league for 2018.
By then, the NASL was down to four holdovers from the 2017
season -- the New York Cosmos, Jacksonville Armada, Miami FC and PRFC, based in Bayamon. The Cosmos, Armada and Miami FC will field teams in the NPSL in 2018.