The co-owner of FC Bascome Bermuda has announced his new team have pushed back their debut in America’s United Soccer League (USL) Two for a further 12 months because of travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
A year ago, Andrew Bascome said his fledgling outfit would delay entry until 2021 but he has now set his sights on starting next year in the league’s Mid Atlantic Division.
“Though we are disappointed to have to defer our entry into USL League Two, and all the great opportunities it will provide Bermuda’s football community, our number one priority is the safety, health and wellbeing of everyone,” said Bascome, the club’s president and director of football.
“Because of what is still happening with the pandemic, we were left with no real choice but to defer our participation until the 2022 season,” added Bascome, who co-owns the team with businessman Henrick Schroder.
Meanwhile, the league has voiced its support after the announcement of the latest setback.
“FC Bascome Bermuda are a tremendous community organisation and we fully support their decision,” said Joel Nash, the USL League Two vice-president.
“We remain confident that when the time is right for the club to make its on-field debut in League Two, it will immediately show what a unique and valuable asset it can be for Bermudian football.”
Despite the setback, Bascome is focusing on the positives of having an extended period to prepare for the club’s delayed debut in the league.
“With most things, I try to make the best of a bad situation,” he said.
“The delay gives us more time to put our team together and have a proper look at players on the island who could be part of the squad.”
While they have been forced to withdraw from the 2021 league campaign, Bascome confirmed the local franchise still intended to compete in the USL Academy Cup tournament to be held in Florida this year.
“We are aiming to build an even better and more prepared presence, and we are still planning to go ahead and participate in USL Academy Cup events in 2021,” he said.