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NASL’s expansion plans include San Francisco and Los Angeles areas

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The North American Soccer League hopes to have 18-20 teams by 2018 and among the possible expansion cities are the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas, according to league commissioner Bill Peterson.

“Multiple conversations are going on for San Francisco and the Los Angeles area and two other cities that I can mention yet,” said Peterson, during a conference call.

Peterson also announced that Oklahoma City looks good to take the field next year.

“I am confident (Oklahoma City) are going to play in 2015. They still have a couple of items that need to be completed before we make announcements about the ownership group,” Peterson said.

The commissioner added Virginia will have to wait an extra season before its expansion franchise starts play.

“We have made a decision to delay the start for Virginia until 2016. The ownership reorganization is all but complete.”

Peterson also noted attendance is up 30 percent around the league from last year and that Ottawa could be looking at an attendance record when it opens its new stadium in the fall season with a game against the New York Cosmos.

The race to qualify for the NASL's playoffs begins again on Saturday, when the league's fall season kicks off. Minnesota United FC, which visits the Fort Lauderdale Strikers Saturday night, has already qualified for the NASL's postseason by virtue of winning the league's spring season title.

The Cosmos, who came up one point short in the spring season standings, are the NASL's defending champions.They start the fall season by hosting the San Antonio Scorpions.

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