It’s official. The North County Battalion’s National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) franchise agreement has been terminated.
A source close to the league has confirmed that a Letter of Termination was sent to the Battalion, citing unpaid league fees for the 2017 season as grounds for termination from the league, effective immediately.
NC Battalion majority owner Jason Barbato confirmed that the club had received the termination letter, and will be moving in a different direction going forward.
“Our time in the NPSL has come to an end,” said Barbato. “The NPSL is a fantastic league for anyone who wants to be involved in the future of American soccer. The league provided us with the perfect platform to launch our club, and build the foundation for our future. Without the NPSL, we would not be in the position we are to take the next step in our journey, and for that I’m forever indebted to Brandon Jantz, Joe Barone, and the rest of the NPSL organization including other owners, and support staff like Gary and Robin.”
Barbato declined to give any additional detail regarding if and where the club will be playing in the future, but did mention that full details will be released in the coming weeks.
In a recent interview with Nate Abaurrea, Battalion minority owner Jason Gerlach was also similarly complimentary of the NPSL.
“The NPSL is fantastic,” raved Gerlach. “It’s a highly spirited, highly entrepreneurial league that’s all about growing the game of soccer and providing local communities with teams to root for and connect with in a very intimate way. No billionaire owners, no prima donna players… just hungry individuals giving everything they have back to the game of soccer, with great fans celebrating that effort week in and week out. What could be better?”
Great question. What could be better than the NPSL for a team based in San Diego, California?