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Peter Wilt leaving Indy Eleven, joins group bringing NASL soccer to Chicago

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The North American Soccer League has been expanding rapidly over the past few seasons, and will be launching three new clubs in 2016. It's expected that the league will be announcing several more future sides before the offseason comes to an end, as well, and one of those potential destinations took a giant leap towards becoming a reality on Monday.

Indy Eleven President Peter Wilt has led the launch of big projects before, first with the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer, and most recently Indy Eleven of the NASL. On Monday, Club 9 Sports announced that Wilt would be leaving his post with Indy to help bring the NASL to Chicago.

Wilt will step down from his post as Eleven President immediately, but will continue as the club's General Manager for the 2016 Spring Season. Former Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Jeff Belskus will take over the role of Club President, and his first task will likely be finding a the club's second General Manager.

While this news certainly makes it look even more likely that the NASL will have a Chicago club soon, it's worth noting that these things can certainly fall apart even after they seem done (looking at you, Virginia, and you, Hartford). With Wilt on board, however, I'd bet against the sort of organizational issues that kept those two cities from actually crossing the finish line.