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July 19, 2013

Soccer war rumbles in OKC as plans clash

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

Here's the issue: since SOS began pursuing the creation of a separate team to play in the NASL, they have become ensnarled in a legal dispute with the USL, the organization in which their Oklahoma City FC team play. USL says the company would violate its contract with the league by bringing a team from NASL, a direct competitor, into the market. 

This ongoing litigation is the reason co-owner Lund was unable to speak to the Express-Star candidly about this soccer war. He did say his partner at SOS, Tim McLaughlin, will go before the NASL on July 25 and present the company's plans for a team in Oklahoma City. This is expected to go "very well", Lund said. Since they already locked down the Taft Stadium deal, SOS appear to be confident in their plans.

But there is still a long way to go before the smoke clears and Oklahoma's soccer future comes into view. Not since the Tulsa Roughnecks, which played in the old NASL back in the 1970s before the league folded, has the fastest growing sport in America caused this much of a stir in the state.

"If you look at Oklahoma City and what it has to serve soccer fans, this really fills a void in the city," Cornett said.

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