November 30, 2016
Has the NASL found a savior in Carlos Slim?
By Michael Lewis
You're guess is as good as mine in trying to figure out what will transpire in the second day of the North American Soccer League board of director meetings in Atlanta.
The fate of the Cosmos could be announced Tuesday, whether they will remain a team and in the league -- although one source told me that the financially ailing franchise is not coming back next year (from one extreme to another, huh?).
Now comes word of someone with deep pockets wanting to get involved in the ailing league.
I have been told that Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is interested in the league. Slim, who has owned the Pachuca and Leon teams in Liga MX, was ranked as the richest man in the world from 2010-2013. He has slipped to No. 7, according to Forbes magazine.
Still, not too shabby.
Riccardo Silva, the owner of Miami FC, has told several people at the BOD meetings that Slim wants in.
If it is true that Slim wants to make an impact in the NASL, then that should be a big boost to the struggling league, which has lost three teams for the 2017 season with perhaps even more ready to bolt or go out of business.
Questions abound about Slim's participation in the league:
* Will he want an expansion team?
* Will he want to invest in several teams?
* Will he want a larger or another role?
* Is it something else or smoke screen?
If it is invest in several teams, a source said it would be not unlike what Philip F. Anschutz did in the early 2000's when he owned six teams to help prop up Major League Soccer when it was on the brink of extinction after jettisoning two teams after the 2001 season (Tampa Bay Mutiny and Miami Fusion).
Silva also is interested in having Miami FC play at Sun Life Stadium, according to a source.
It gets more interesting by the minute, huh?
The way things are going in Atlanta, I would not be surprised if the BOD meeting won't be the last word on whether the NASL is going forward for 2017.