Green Bay Voyageurs FC

Green Bay Voyageurs FC is an American soccer team based in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin. Founded in 2018, the team is a member of the USL League Two.[1] The team is owned by Big Top Soccer, who also owns Forward Madison FC of USL League One, and their managing director is Peter Wilt, the former general manager of the Chicago Fire.[2]

The team was officially announced in October 2018.[2] The Voyageurs name and colours were announced on February 9, 2019 at Green Bay Distillery.[3] Fans were given the opportunity to suggest a name for the team in October, with Voyageurs being the most-submitted team name.[4][3]

Green Bay Voyageurs FC
Green Bay Voyageurs FC logo
FoundedOctober 27, 2018
StadiumCapital Credit Union Park
Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin
Capacity3,359
OwnerBig Top Soccer
Managing directorPeter Wilt
Head CoachBrian Kamler
LeagueUSL League Two
WebsiteClub website

Players and staff

The Voyageurs announced their first-ever player, Northern Illinois University forward Nick Markanich, in February 2019.[5]

Current roster

As of February 18, 2019.

No. Position Player Nation
Defender Alex Hummel  United States
Forward Nick Markanich  United States

Staff

As of February 9, 2019[6]
Executive
Managing Director Peter Wilt
General Manager Dannon Anderson
Account Manager Ben Kurowski
Coaching staff
Head coach Brian Kamler
Assistant coach Tony Pierce

References

  1. ^ "Green Bay To Launch USL League Two Club In 2019". USL League Two. October 27, 2018. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Bollier, Jeff (October 27, 2018). "League soccer to kick it at Capital Credit Union Park beginning in 2019".
  3. ^ a b "Green Bay's soccer team has a name, crest and colors its maiden voyage". Green Bay Press-Gazette. February 9, 2019.
  4. ^ "Big Top Soccer Announces New Green Bay Soccer Team". wbay.com. October 27, 2018.
  5. ^ Hansford, Keith (February 4, 2019). "Green Bay USL League Two Announces First Player in Team History".
  6. ^ "Green Bay Voyageurs Staff". Green Bay Voyageurs FC. February 9, 2019.
2019 Forward Madison FC season

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2019 USL League Two season

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Brian Kamler

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Capital Credit Union Park

Capital Credit Union Park is a multi-purpose stadium under construction in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, a suburb of Green Bay. In 2019 it will become home to the Green Bay Booyah of the Northwoods League, a collegiate summer baseball league; the Green Bay Voyageurs FC of USL League Two; and a variety of community athletic and social events. It was reported in January 2019 that the Green Bay Glory of the Women's Premier Soccer League also would play at Capital Credit Union Park. The Voyageurs' first home game is scheduled for May 31, 2019. The Booyah's first home game is scheduled for June 1, 2019.For baseball games, site constraints will limit the distances to center and right field, a problem which will be addressed with a high outfield wall. The height of the wall was announced as 19-feet, 19-inches in a nod to the nearby Green Bay Packers' inaugural season in 1919, but it has also been reported as 22 feet. The wall will be made of shipping containers, chosen as being relatively inexpensive and able to handle a high wind load. Going along with the baseball team's name, the ballpark will feature the world's largest booyah kettle (2,000 gallons).Team owner Big Top Baseball has committed to a 20-year lease, paying $500,000 up-front and $205,000 annually for five years followed by 1% increases annually for the remaining years.

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Green Bay is a city in and the county seat of Brown County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, at the head of Green Bay, a sub-basin of Lake Michigan, at the mouth of the Fox River. It is 581 feet (177 m) above sea level and 112 miles (180 km) north of Milwaukee. The population was 104,057 at the 2010 census. Green Bay is the third-largest city in the state of Wisconsin, after Milwaukee and Madison, and the third-largest city on Lake Michigan's west shore, after Chicago and Milwaukee. Green Bay is home to the National Football League's Green Bay Packers.

Green Bay is the principal city of the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area, which covers Brown, Kewaunee, and Oconto counties; the MSA had a combined population of 306,241 at the 2010 census.Green Bay is an industrial city with several meatpacking plants, paper mills, and a port on Green Bay, an arm of Lake Michigan known locally as "the Bay of Green Bay". Green Bay hosts the Neville Public Museum, with exhibitions of art, history, and science; the Children's Museum; and the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay.

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Peter Wilt

Peter Wilt is a soccer executive who was the first President and General Manager of the Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer, led an effort to bring an expansion MLS franchise to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and maintains strong connections to the sport of soccer in the Midwest, Chicago in particular. Wilt is most known for his work with the Chicago Fire, where he gained a reputation for being a fan-friendly businessman in the soccer world.

USL League Two

USL League Two (USL2), formerly the Premier Development League (PDL), is a development soccer league sponsored by United Soccer Leagues in the United States and Canada, forming part of the United States soccer league system. The league has 72 teams competing in four conferences, split into eleven regional divisions. Unofficially, it is considered to be the fourth tier of competition, behind Major League Soccer, USL Championship, and USL League One. USL League Two is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.Calgary Foothills FC are the current champions (the last championship under the PDL branding), having defeated Reading United AC 4–2 in extra time in the 2018 PDL Championship game on August 4, 2018.

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