FC Edmonton owner Tom Fath has given his full backing of the NASL’s Miami FC expansion franchise.
On Wednesday, the league announced that it would be adding its fourth Florida franchise in time for the 2016 season. The team’s investors include sports media mogul Riccardo Silva and Italian football legend Paolo Maldini.
Of course, with a team just up the highway in Fort Lauderdale, and Jacksonville and Tampa also in NASL, those outside the state of Florida have every right to wonder if the league is too focused on one state. Sure, more expansion teams will come but, as it stands, four of the 12 NASL teams will be located in the Sunshine State.
But Fath said the key to the league’s growth is having the right kind of investor.
“We want to grow with good owners, and this is a good owner,” he said on Wednesday night, as he watched his Eddies battle the Vancouver Whitecaps in Canadian Championship play. “We feel that Miami is a large enough market, and far away enough from Fort Lauderdale, to support the team. It’s good for the league.
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