Could there really be a fourth NASL team in Florida on the way?
According to reliable 90 Minutes Strong sources, Miami Fusion FC, a new team that is set to debut this year in the National Premier Soccer League, already has “plans in place” for a move to the North American Soccer League in 2016 or 2017.
The club is set to have their formal press conference introducing the ownership group and NPSL team on April 21, but according to sources, the conference can also serve as a NASL expansion announcement.
Miami Fusion FC is owned by a Brazilian ownership group, which would be the second in NASL, with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers ownership group of Rafael Bertani, Paulo Cesso, Ricardo Geromel, and Ballon D’or winner Ronaldo already making waves in NASL.
The timing of all of this seems odd, with David Beckham flirting with the possibility of a Major League Soccer franchise in Miami for the last two year, however the Miami Fusion brass believes they can “steal the flag” sort of say from MLS and Beckham with the NASL squad.
Geromel is no stranger to the NASL vs. MLS debate, the Strikers managing partner has penned a column in the South Florida Business Journal where he states the reason he picked NASL over MLS is the “Decentralized ownership as opposed to the single-entity structure used in MLS, ownership groups in the NASL control everything when it comes to running the team”.
Ferdinando De Matthaeis, one of the men who ran Miami United FC, another NPSL club, is also part of this Miami Fusion ownership group who is spearheading the NASL Miami expansion bid.
It will be interesting to see if the MLS Miami Supporters will embrace the NASL Miami club, or burn it to the ground as they hope their MLS Star brings his talents to South Beach.