The new NASL Jacksonville expansion team hasn’t even played a game yet and is almost 20 months away from taking the field, but they have already drawn a crowd of 800 fans - for a game that was being played a time zone and one thousand miles away.
Mark Frisch of the Sunshine Soccer Group invited fans to join him in the club suites at EverBank Field in Jacksonville to celebrate his successful expansion bid that was ratified by the NASL Board of Governors on Thursday of last week. Frisch and SSG partner Dario Sala did not know how many soccer enthusiasts would come out for an impromptu watch party for the CONCACAF Gold Cup final between USA and Panama, and were overwhelmed by the show of support.
"Pro soccer is coming back to Jacksonville with the NASL believing we can do it,” said Frisch, addressing the crowd. “I wish the NASL Commissioner could be here today because this is why I believe in this city, and I think this is why he believes in this city.
“I don't know how many people are here. Pro Soccer is coming back to Jacksonville. I want to say sorry, but we ran out of food and drink and all that stuff, but this is what happens when a larger number of people show up that is bigger than anyone expected. This is unbelievable but really, thank you for your support.”
Read all about the event and see photos of professional soccer in Jacksonville’s first group of loyal fans.
Listen to an interview with NASL Jacksonville owner Mark Frisch.
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