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NASL to add Orange County club, sues Fort Lauderdale Strikers

A new club in Orange County, California, will join the North American Soccer League in 2018, the organization announced on Wednesday, the same day it sued the dormant Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

The addition of the new California team, owned by businessman Pete Capriotti, will be the league's second team on the West Coast after the San Francisco Deltas began play this year.

The club, which is "currently considering several names," will play at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium, a 10,000-seat...

Joe Cole talks Tampa Bay's MLS plans, Jose Mourinho and Chelsea

Paul Mariner explains why he believes Jose Mourinho has changed after the manager said Man United could afford a four-year UCL absence.
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Joe Cole has been enjoying life at Tampa Bay.

He is one of the most successful English players of his generation, winning eight major trophies during a seven-year spell at Chelsea and earning 56 England caps, but Joe Cole is now attempting to add to his list of achievements by helping Tampa Bay Rowdies secure a licence to play in Major League Soccer (MLS).

While his former club prepare to face Jose Mourinho's Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday, Cole will captain the Rowdies in their United Soccer League (USL) clash against Louisville...

Jose Mourinho the right man to bring success back to Man United - Joe Cole

Joe Cole has told ESPN FC that Jose Mourinho is on course to complete a "fantastic" first season at Manchester United and said his former Chelsea manager is the perfect man to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford.

Cole, now captaining Tampa Bay Rowdies in the United Soccer League as the Florida-based franchise attempt to secure a licence to play in Major League Soccer, spent seven years at Chelsea between 2003 and 2010 and became a central figure in the team which dominated English football...

Joe Cole agrees new contract with Tampa Bay Rowdies - sources

Joe Cole moved to Tampa Bay after his contract with Coventry City expired in 2016.

Former Chelsea and England midfielder Joe Cole has agreed a new deal at United Soccer League side Tampa Bay Rowdies, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

Cole has impressed at Rowdies since joining the club last May as a free agent, scoring nine goals in 24 appearances in the USL and he was one of 10 players nominated for the Golden Ball award.

The 35-year-old has established himself as a key member of the Rowdies side and he captained them in their opening game of the new USL season...

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Tampa Bay Rowdies sign Wolfsburg legend Marcel Schafer

Marcel Schafer played for 10 seasons with Wolfsburg.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies have signed Wolfsburg legend Marcel Schafer ahead of the side's United Soccer League's debut, the club announced on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old spent 10 seasons with the Bundesliga outfit, setting the club record for most league appearances by a field player and scoring 13 league goals with 39 assists.

Schafer said he was looking forward to the challenge.