- Associated Press - Friday, May 5, 2017

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The United Soccer League has approved an expansion franchise to begin play in 2018 in Fresno.

The Fresno Bee reports (https://bit.ly/2pdk3eQ ) a full revealing of the team nickname, field and personnel will take place in late June or early July.

Ray Beshoff, co-owner of Mercedes-Benz of Fresno, won the bid for the team.

Beshoff says he paid an expansion fee in excess of $5 million.

The club will be the 32nd in the league. It will be the fourth in the state, joining LA Galaxy II, Sacramento Republic FC and Orange County SC.

Teams in the league play 32 regular-season games. The season starts in March and ends in November.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, https://www.fresnobee.com

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