Lexington is on the verge of becoming the home of a professional football team. The official announcement arrived downtown on Tuesday. The expanding United Soccer League club are expected to start playing in the 2023 season.
The first soccer season will be played at a local college establishment. The majority owner of Lexington Pro Soccer is Tower Hill Sports, founded by area rider Bill Shively. “We’re going to have a soccer team here and it’s going to be a pro soccer team and we’re going to win the games. I’m very competitive, in case you didn’t know, “he said.” So it will be a winning team. “
Lexington Pro Soccer will respond to the RFP for the High Street development project with plans to build a football specific stadium on the site. The venue would be available for other events such as concerts and festivals.
Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton said a local professional club would create and attract jobs. She said an integrated football audience exists in Lexington. “My husband and I have supported international students for 20 years at the University of Kentucky and each of them came to us already playing football and knowing the game,” said Gorton.
The current USL season involves 12 teams playing 28 games. Other previously announced expansion markets are in Central Valley California, northern Colorado and Spokane Washington.
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