Buffalo, NY - The commissioner of the Canadian Premier League David Clanachan announced today that the fledgling league would be expanding to Buffalo, New York as the CPL signifies their interest in becoming an international soccer force.
“We are excited and thrilled with the interest that’s been shown in the CPL from Buffalo and the greater soccer community,” stated Clanachan from a press conference in the palatial ballroom of the Buffalo Airport Red Roof Inn. “Buffalo is practically south Toronto anyway so we expect there to be some cultural similarities with a big pinch of anger.”
Insiders with the Canadian Premier League state that the league was courted by a number of franchises including Red Deer, Nelson, Timmins, Fort Hope, Lebel-sur-Quevillon, La Romaine, and the Fighting Whalers of Port-Menier, Anticosti Island.
Experts with the CPL indicate that they expect the team name to be Niagara Falls FC and to begin play during the 2021 season.
“We believe Buffalo to be a great fit for our league,” stated Clanachan to The Nutmeg News. “Why every day we are seemingly inundated with Americans asking about Canada, how easy it is to travel, where can they get inexpensive drugs they can’t get in the United States, what our health insurance situation really is like, and how easy it is to immigrate. We expect the local derby between Buffalo and Forge FC to really be something to talk about.”
While the league touts their new expansion, some within the CPL are worried that the expansion into the United States will cause issues with international players, however Clanachan dismissed those problems as solvable.
“Niagra Falls FC will be able to carry a number of non-Canadian players in order to connect with their local community, but will still be required to have a minimum of six Canadian starters per game.”
The Nutmeg News will have more on this as the department of Homeland Security issue alerts about defecting American players.