Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Milwaukee getting closer to MLS glory

On Monday the Milwaukee’s Professional Soccer group announced a proposal that would make the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association (WYSA) a partner in the quest to bring a professional team to the area.

Here is how the deal looks:

• WYSA will be given an ownership stake in the MLS team. It is thought to be the first time in MLS history that a youth organization has been involved in the ownership of an MLS team. The WYSA also will be represented on the presumptive MLS team's board of directors.

• WYSA must commit to selling a minimum of $450,000 in season tickets to the pro team. In addition, each member of the WYSA will receive one ticket voucher each season for an MLS team game, which supporters claim is the equivalent of 3,500 season tickets.

• Companion tickets will be made available when using the one ticket voucher. Supporters say the ticket vouchers and companion tickets will provide an average base of more than 7,000 tickets for every Milwaukee MLS game.

• WYSA must move its home offices from West Allis to the new stadium.

• The club will provide coaching and clinics for WYSA teams across the state and will play three friendlies a year around the state each year.

• The club will commit to a goal of having at least three WYSA alumni on the roster on the team at all times.

This deal is a very good sign for soccer fans in Wisconsin. If the team does come together, they will have a strong fan based literally built into their organization. This base would help push the team into a very success role.


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