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North Carolina FC hails youth player development in MLS expansion bid

North Carolina FC is taking a unique approach in its bid to distinguish itself from other MLS expansion candidates.

The Cary-based organization, which currently plays in the North American Soccer League, announced that it has joined forces with two area youth clubs, Capitol Area Soccer League (CASL) and the Triangle Futbol Club Alliance (TFCA).

The result is what NCFC calls is the largest youth-to-professional soccer club in the United States, with more than 13,500 youth players now affiliated with...

North Carolina FC owner Steve Malik rules out NASL expansion

The North American Soccer League has "no plans" to add expansion teams in 2017, according to North Carolina FC owner Steve Malik.

The NASL currently adopts a split-season format with spring and fall campaigns, and in an interview with WRALSportsFan, Malik indicated that the NASL will play with eight teams for both seasons.

"We'll be making announcements throughout the year about teams that we expect to come on in 2018," Malik said.

Malik's statement is contrary to what sources told ESPN FC on Friday...