sarasota, florida – A new Sarasota, Florida-based football club will begin playing in USL League 2 in the 2023 season, providing elite player development opportunities, a community gathering point, and a platform to compete at the highest possible level. establish.
The club will be operated by Sarasota Professional Soccer LLC, led by sports entrepreneur and former professional coach Marcus Wolfridsson, and backed by Audigr Group Inc.
“Sarasota deserves to be the team that represents the city,” Wolfridson said. “Over the last two years or so, we have been talking to community members and stakeholders, and the more we talk, the more we love Sarasota. The passion runs deep, and this is just the beginning of something truly special for Sarasota, by Sarasota.”
After more than a decade of coaching, including for professional clubs in Sweden and Norway, and qualifying for the UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-finals, Walfridson wrote the book Lessons from a Beautiful Game: How to Become a More Efficient Coach. I wrote She co-founded the sports consulting firm Audiger Group with Kenneth Bethune.
In 2023, the Sarasota club will compete in League Two’s Southeast Division, which is made up of Florida-based clubs such as Tampa Bay United and The Villages SC. The club will play a home match at Sarasota High School in the 2023 season.
“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome clubs and organizations who know the sport and are committed to its success. We are happy to provide a platform for you to become part of the sports scene.”
Sarasota residents are invited to help shape the club’s identity, name, colors and crest through a team name contest held on the club’s temporary website. sarasotausl.comThe club plans to unveil the brand in January 2023.
USL League 2 is North America’s largest pre-professional soccer league, with over 100 clubs nationwide. The season starts in May and ends in July.
Exclusive season ticket packages can be purchased with club details at sarasotausl.com.
For more information on USL League 2, follow the league on social media at @USLLeagueTwo.