Rayo Vallecano have unveiled their new American franchise, Rayo Oklahoma City, which will play in the country’s second tier.
The club – who become Oklahoma’s second football team – will start their journey in the North American Soccer League (NASL) next year and play in the Yukon Stadium, which can hold up to 6,000 spectators.
“We expect Rayo Oklahoma City to show the same values and possess the same DNA as Rayo Vallecano,” Rayo President Raul Martin said.
NASL commissioner Bill Peterson added: “Rayo OKC will be the first US club who can take advantage of the expertise of La Liga to identify top players and build a squad accordingly.”
The news has been met with a mixed reaction back home, with some fans of Los Vallecanos expressing their preference for more investment into the La Liga club.
Real Madrid and Spain legend Raul Gonzalez, meanwhile, is due to contest the NASL title with New York Cosmos.