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San Diego’s 1904 FC to join USL in 2019

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The USL continues to expand like a Thanksgiving waistline. This time, San Diego 1904 FC has elected to join the ranks of the 3,245 teams already comprising the league, the team announced on Tuesday following the news that NASL has canceled the 2018 season.

In all seriousness, the USL has 33 teams ready for this season with another five on the way through expansion. Adding San Diego would bring the number of clubs in the league to 39.

“Our top priority has always been to bring professional football to our San Diego region,” the club said in a statement. “Together, we have been looking for the best possible option to make our priority a reality.”

The club said it was finalizing an agreement to join the USL for the 2019 season.

“We will continue to work hand-in-hand with the USL during this year to optimize our community engagement and club development,” the club said.

The decision to join the USL was made much easier since the North American Soccer League announced it was cancelling its 2018 season. The decision to cancel came just days after a federal court rejected an appeal to reinstate the NASL status as a Division 2 league. That, coupled with the departure of North Carolina FC and Indy Eleven to the USL and the folding of the San Francisco Deltas and Edmonton FC, caused the doom of the NASL.

San Diego will join fellow California-based teams Fresno FC, LA Galaxy II, Orange County SC and Sacramento Republic FC in the USL. A team based in Oakland is planned for around 2021.

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