The distance from Edmonton to Jacksonville, Fla.: 3,092 km.
The distance from Edmonton to Oklahoma City: 2,355 km.
Neither of the two new NASL expansion cities, announced Thursday after a league Board of Governors vote, is a puddle jump from the Eddies. And the new round of expansion still doesn’t address a pressing need to get teams into the Mountain and Pacific time zones.
Of course, former FC Edmonton director of soccer Joe Petrone continues to work with potential investors in a new Calgary franchise, and there are whispers of teams in New Mexico, Calfornia and Spokane, Wash. But none of those have got to the green-light stage from NASL. So, as the league expands, so does FC Edmonton owner Tom Fath’s travel bill.
The Board of Governors met with four groups, and approved the Jacksonville and OKC bids. Both teams will join the league in 2015. NASL spokesman Michael Preston said that the league won’t identify the other two cities that had bids in, but they didn’t receive flat-out rejections. See them more as being at the beginning of NASL courtship.
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