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ASL: R.I. Oceaneers Bow Out Ahead of Season 2


The second season of the American Soccer League (ASL) will proceed without the Rhode Island Oceaneers, who announced on Monday that it will not be competing in the league’s upcoming campaign.

Club president David Borts released a statement via Facebook on Monday detailing the news, which reduces the number of ASL sides expected to partake in season two of ASL to nine.

“(The club) will not be fielding a team in the 2016 American Soccer League,” Borts said in the release. “However, (the club) is expecting to make a major announcement later this Spring regarding soccer in Rhode Island.”

The Oceaneers, which finished second in the Atlantic Division on 25 points(7-5-4) during the 2014-15 season, are the second New England-based side to withdraw from ASL competition since the conclusion of the league’s first season. Western Mass Pro Soccer ended its affiliation with ASL following the championship game while proposed expansion side Worcester FC cut ties with the league not long after it joined in Aug. 2015.

With the Oceaneers no longer in the fold, Connecticut United FC, New Hampshire Bobcats, and Mass United FC will be the region’s ASL representatives for the 2016 season, which is scheduled to kick off next month.

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