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New York Cosmos ‘poised to join new pro soccer league in 2019’

A third new professional league is poised to join the American soccer pyramid in 2019.

The amateur National Premier Soccer League is looking to launch a pro league in 2020, which would be preceded by a cup competition, known as the Founders Cup, next year.

According to a report, the 11 founding teams will be: New York Cosmos, Detroit City FC, Milwaukee Torrent, Chattanooga FC, Miami United FC, Miami FC, San Diego Albion, California United, Cal FC, FC Arizona and Oakland Roots SC.

NPSL officials are speaking with teams from four cities who could join as the 12th club: Jacksonville, Virginia Beach, Asheville and Seattle. An official announcement is said to be imminent.

The National Independent Soccer Association and USL League One are looking to gain division-three sanctioning from the US Soccer Federation in 2019. The NPSL pro division is not seeking official sanctioning, however.