Just as one MLS team departs Los Angeles, and while another one doesn't replace it for two and a half years, comes a report out of North Carolina on Tuesday that the NASL could expand to LA.
Neil Morris writes in the Indy Week that "Multiple reliable sources, each citing high-ranking league officials, also inform INDY Week that the new Los Angeles-based NASL club plans to enter league play beginning in the 2015 fall season."
Morris does not have names of prospective owners of the new LA team, nor a name for the club (an obvious contender is Los Angeles Aztecs, which the NASL holds the trademark), though he reports an announcement from the league could be "within the coming weeks."
At present, it appears NASL will field 11 teams next season, not including a new LA team, and that means LA would jump in for the second half of the season, if reports are to be believed. The NASL is on a apertura/clausura split season format. A similar situation took place with the relaunched New York Cosmos, when they skipped the Spring season and joined in Fall 2013.
If an LA team joined NASL, as Morris notes, it would be the first on the West Coast and in the Western time zone. The next closest team geographically would be the San Antonio Scorpions, though FC Edmonton would be close-ish, compared to the rest of the league, the majority of which are in the Eastern time zone, scattered around the United States and Canada.
So what do you think about this report? Do you want to see the NASL expand into Los Angeles? Leave a comment below!