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Plenty of stardust as North American Soccer League returns for new season

Paolo Maldini is part-owner of Miami FC while Alessandro Nesta is the club’s manager.

Image: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

THE MAJORITY OF the high-profile names end up in Major League Soccer but the second tier of North American football is becoming an increasingly intriguing league.

The NASL (North American Soccer League) gets underway this weekend and there are some familiar faces.

The main focus of attention will be Miami FC, part-owned by AC Milan icon Paolo Maldini and with another Rossoneri legend, Alessandro Nesta, in charge.

Former Tottenham and Stoke midfielder Wilson Palacios is part of the squad, as is Argentinian striker Dario Cvitanich who spent four years at Ajax.

The New York Cosmos may have lost Raul but they have gained former Croatian international and ex-Spurs and Portsmouth play-maker Niko Kranjcar

Ex-Celtic striker Giorgios Samaras was heavily linked with the Cosmos but instead joined expansion side Rayo Oklahoma.

And if you consider yourself a bit of a football hipster, getting your hands on some OKC merchandise is a must for those Thursday night 5-a-sides.

It’s pretty nifty.

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