PORTLAND – It still appears we will have a professional soccer team in Portland, possibly in time for the 2022 season.
The United Soccer League is eyeing 15 cities across the country with Portland at the top of that list.
League officials were here in Maine in September looking at a few potential venues. Since then local ownership has been secured and funding to cover all start up costs. The goal now is to have a new field in place that will provide a great game day experience for the fans, plus help promote tourism and the local economy.
“You know making some progress I want to make sure to kind of continue to be vocal about our commitment to bring the club and you know the league has been a great resource and continues to believe in the viability of this market as do we,” Gabe Hoffman-Johnson, a part of local ownership group, said.
“When we look to expand as a league we look at three main things really a strong local ownership group an appetite for soccer in the area and a long-term pathway to a soccer specific stadium and Portland checks all three of those boxes and then some,” Unite Soccer League vice president of communications and public relations director, Ryan Madden, said.