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ASL: 4 NE-based Clubs Set for New Season


A new-look American Soccer League (ASL) will kick off its second season on Mar. 26 with no fewer than four New England-based sides in tow.

In addition to the returning Mass United FC and Rhode Island Oceaneers, the league has brought in Connecticut FC and New Hampshire Bobcats as expansion clubs for 2016.

The Oceaneers and Bobcats will help launch the league’s opening weekend when they meet at 7:00pm on Mar. 26 at a location to be determined in New Hampshire. That same day, Mass United and the Philadelphia Fury will face off at Washington Township High School in Washington Township, N.J.

Connecticut FC will make its debut the following weekend on Apr. 2 when they host the Fury at a location to be determined in Connecticut.

Since the conclusion of the inaugural ASL campaign – which employed a fall-spring schedule for the 2014-15 season – the league lost reigning regular season champion Western Mass Pro Soccer, as well as Evergreen Diplomats, Ironbound FC, and AC Crusaders.

ASL subsequently added six expansion teams for Year Two in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Long Island Express, IFK Maryland, Lancaster Lions, and Delaware Copperheads to bring the total number of teams to 10.

According to its website, each club will play a 10-game schedule that runs through mid-June. The playoff format has not yet been announced.

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