• Rayo Vallecano launches American franchise

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    MADRID: Spanish top-flight side Rayo Vallecano have launched an American franchise, Rayo Oklahoma City, who will play in the North American Soccer League (NASL), in the first such move by a club from La Liga into the US market. Rayo, from the Madrid neighborhood of Vallecas, confirmed the franchise will compete in the NASL, the second tier in the United States behind Major League Soccer, from 2016. The Spanish outfit did not specify how much they have invested in the project but the website of the new team, Rayo OKC, confirmed that Rayo Vallecano president and owner Raul Martin Presa will be the “majority owner.”

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