Orange County was awarded a North American Soccer League expansion team Wednesday that will begin play next spring at Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Stadium.
The team will be owned by Pete Capriotti, the owner of Cotti Foods, which operates 177 Taco Bell, Wendy’s and Pieology restaurants nationwide.
“I’m a big fan and supporter of local, grassroots soccer and that’s what this club will represent,” Capriotti said.
“It will unite a base of soccer fans who are passionate about the quality of play and experiencing something fun and entertaining.”
The club is considering several names in advance of its public launch in June, according to Neal Malone, the league’s director of public relations.
The team will be the ninth, and second in California, in the Division II league that began play in 2011 and carries the name of the league that played from 1968-84.
“It’s important for us to have a significant presence on the West Coast, and we’re fortunate to have the right owner bringing NASL energy and excitement to an area that is, without question, a hotbed for soccer,” NASL interim Commissioner Rishi Sehgal said.
“Pete is an extremely successful entrepreneur and we certainly look forward to having his knowledge and expertise in the board room as we continue to expand and evolve as a league.”
—City News Service
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