Pro soccer is coming to the metro area. The United Soccer League announced today it had awarded a USL League One franchise to Omaha for the 2020 season. The club will be the only professional soccer club currently operating in the state of Nebraska and will be coached by former University of Nebraska Omaha Head Coach Jay Mims.
“The Omaha soccer community has been yearning for a team to call their own and more importantly deserve a team to call their own,” says Gary Green, Owner and CEO of Alliance Omaha Soccer. Green is also the owner of the Omaha Storm Chasers.
The new team will play at Werner Park, which is undergoing a variety of stadium improvements to support the addition of a second team and sport.
“Omaha metro is an established sports destination and one that will thrive as a home to professional soccer,” said USL Senior Vice President Steven Short. “The addition of Omaha to League One allows us to continue to bring professional soccer to new communities across the country. Gary Green and his team have reached great heights with their sports ventures and we know he’ll be able to mirror that success on the soccer field. We look forward to watching the greater Omaha community rally around this club as it works towards its inaugural season in 2020.”
The team will play 14 home games between March and October.