Published On: Tue, May 30th, 2023
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Bid to bring back George Best’s soccer club with new championship | Football | Sport


Scott Michaels’s National Soccer League would include a winner-takes-all outcome for every game.

The UK football agent, 41, has re-registered the trademark of the Los Angeles Aztecs, a club Best signed for in 1976. Sir Elton part-owned the team between 1975 and 1977.

He is also bringing back San Antonio Thunder, who Bobby Moore played for.

Mr Michaels said: “All our teams will draft both high potential players and seasoned professionals from around the globe.”

His strategic vision involves bringing back several of the iconic NASL soccer teams which peaked alongside a wave of US interest in the 70s.

He has re-registered the trademark of the LA Aztecs, which existed from 1974 to 1981, winning the championships in its first season while featuring European football legends like George Best and Johan Cruyff.

Even Elton John became part-owner of the original club between 1975 and 1977.

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Other teams that Michaels is bringing back for the NSL include San Antonio Thunder, who famously featured England 1966 World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore, and Detroit Express – for whom Nottingham Forest’s Trevor Francis played after becoming Britain’s first £1m player – plus Chicago Sting, Washington Diplomats, Philadelphia Atoms, Boston Minutemen, Atlanta Chiefs and Memphis Rogues.

The proposal comes as US interest in association football is booming. New data this month show 27 per cent of American sports fans – that’s 83 million – show an interest in it. Most of them become fans as children.

Michaels added: “The goal for the NSL is to not only pay homage to US football legends and teams but also to provide a platform for new generations of players and fans to experience the thrill of professional soccer.

“We have a clear, comprehensive business plan in place, outlining the goals, strategies, and budgets for the league. And we’ve built a powerful network of partners and allies who share the vision and values.

“Over the past 12 months, conversations have been taking place, laying the groundwork for the NSL’s inception. Our focus has always been on building a strong and sustainable core business, rather than getting caught up in the optics or engaging in unnecessary debates around soccer rivalries.

“The new league will be more than just a place for players to compete. It will be a celebration of the history and traditions of the sport, and a platform for fans to connect with their favourite teams and players. We want to bring the excitement of professional soccer back to communities across the country.

“The NSL is dedicated to creating a new wave of soccer across communities in America and supporting our stakeholders as well as partners. And our approach to the best-in-class media, affordable pricing, compelling entertainment, and the finest professional player development will make us a very strong league.”



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