Thursday, January 26, 2006

USL Cary expansion press conference

The United Soccer Leagues, Triangle Pro Soccer and the Town of Cary formally announced today that the USL will be expanding to Cary for the 2007 season. The as-yet-unnamed team will play at SAS Soccer Park and will be a member of the USL First Division. Some highlights from the press conference:

  • Cary will feature in the new team's identity, either in the name or with a crest on the team shirt
  • There will be a "name the team" contest with the winner receiving two lifetime season tickets
  • The ownership group includes investors from the Rochester Raging Rhinos and the Atlanta Silverbacks, two existing USL First Division teams
  • Plans are for a six-to-ten game exhibition season at SAS Stadium this summer. Potential teams involved could include MLS teams, USL teams and international club teams.
  • There might also be a professional lacrosse exhibition at SAS Stadium
  • Season tickets packages are scheduled to start as low as $99
The deal will be formally signed tonight as soon as the town council meets to approve the lease changes at SAS Soccer Park. Here's the press release, some "quick facts", and the biographies of the ownership group.

-- Jonathan @ RGB Cards @ 1/26/2006 04:30:00 PM


At 1/27/2006 08:25:00 AM, Blogger Ethan_Prime said...

Congrats Cary/NC fans!
Great news. I hope it is very successful. Hopefully they will release the exhibition schedule soon. I am planning my trip to NC as we speak!

At 1/27/2006 12:07:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

Thanks, we're very excited here. Looking forward to your visit. Where are you coming from?

At 1/27/2006 04:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should name the team the Centaurs - from the NYC team back 10 years ago. I still have their jersey! it would be nice to see that.

At 1/27/2006 05:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I second the motion to name the new team in Cary the CENTAURS!! The Centaurs shall return!! I too still have the jersey as well. From the "NYC" Centaurs to the "NC" Centaurs. Ponder that for a while. BTW, I'm not the same "anonymous" guy that previously posted. That's my two cents. Cheers everyone!

At 3/01/2006 11:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's step away from the american names and pick a more traditional european name. Raleigh Athletic, Triangle United are my favorites.


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