Winnipeg soccer fans cheer on news of pro team
Winnipeg Football Club working towards new pro soccer team, would play at Investors Group Field
Winnipeg's soccer community is welcoming the news that a new professional team could be coming as part of the Canadian Premier League.
"It's like having a hockey team. For us, it's like a big deal having somebody representing Winnipeg," said Abey Solomon.
He plays and coaches soccer and watches every Roma game at X-Cues Cafe & Lounge.
He said having a professional soccer team in Winnipeg could unite immigrants in the city.
"All our life, we just play soccer. And the same thing with some European countries too. So I think Winnipeg is more attractive because of the immigration system they have in Manitoba."
The Winnipeg Football Club has been working alongside the group to bring a Tier 1 FIFA sanctioned soccer league to Canada.
The Canadian Soccer Association voted Saturday to form a professional league, the Canadian Premier League, along with voting in Winnipeg as a member of the association.
"For the past 18 months, we have been working with the group that is spearheading this venture and have indicated our interest in founding a club here in Manitoba," said club president Wade Miller in a news release.
The team would play out of Investors Group Field and Miller said he expects the new league to be lucrative.
"We know from hosting the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup that this community has a passion for the sport," Miller said. "There has been a lot of work done behind the scenes to move this [endeavour] forward."
'Nice to think we'd be able to cheer'
"We've probably been dreaming about a pro soccer team for quite a few years and if it does come to reality it would be great for everyone in the soccer community."
Joshua Dalzell agrees. He plays for the Southside SpVgg team.
"It's nice to be able to think we'd be able to actually cheer for games here. That'd be sweet," Dalzell said."
The Canadian Premier League said 10 cities from across the country have expressed interest in participating in an all-Canadian professional soccer league.
The league is targeting a start date in the fall of 2018.
with files by Erin Brohman