USL Naples Scores Big: Southwest Florida Welcomes a New Soccer Era

SUSAN KOSCHALK January 17, 2024

In a momentous announcement, the United Soccer League (USL) has awarded a USL League One franchise to Naples, marking a significant milestone for sports enthusiasts in Southwest Florida. Set to debut in 2025, the USL Naples team is poised to become a powerhouse in professional soccer, promising an exciting blend of skill, community engagement, and a world-class sporting experience. The team will proudly call the state-of-the-art Paradise Coast Sports Complex its home.

A Winning Formula: World-Class Ownership and a Commitment to Community
Led by the dynamic CEO Roberto Moreno, USL Naples boasts a world-class ownership group with extensive experience in the global sports industry. The vision for USL Naples is clear — to bring the highest quality of professional soccer to the region while fostering a family-friendly environment. CEO Roberto Moreno emphasizes the commitment to growing alongside the local community, envisioning the players as a source of pride and inspiration for friends and neighbors.

Embracing Diversity and Supporting Local Athletes
USL Naples aspires to create a team that mirrors the rich diversity of Collier County's residents and business community. With a focus on supporting the next generation of local athletes, USL Naples acknowledges the integral role soccer plays in the region, highlighted by the presence of youth club Azzurri Storm SC and NPSL side Naples United FC.

Community Engagement: Shaping the Club Together
USL Naples is not just a soccer team; it's a community-driven initiative. The club is dedicated to involving the community in shaping its identity, hosting listening sessions and community-focused events throughout 2024. Fans of all ages and perspectives will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of the club's name, crest, colors, and overall spirit.

A Soccer City in the Making: Naples Poised for Success
Justin Papadakis, USL Deputy CEO & Chief Real Estate Officer, expresses confidence in Naples as a soccer city. With a committed ownership group, a state-of-the-art facility in the Paradise Coast Sports Complex, and a rich history of excellence in youth soccer, Naples is positioned for immediate and long-term success on the national and international stage.

Countdown to Kickoff: A Glimpse into the Future
The Paradise Coast Sports Complex, a 160-acre facility featuring PCSC Stadium and eight professional-level synthetic turf fields, will serve as the perfect stage for USL Naples. Fans can anticipate a unique and immersive experience, with great views from every seat, family-friendly areas, VIP suites, and a capacity of 5,000 for soccer.

Fan Kick-Off Party: Save the Date!
Mark your calendars for the USL Naples kick-off party on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET at the Paradise Coast Sports Complex. This free event will feature games, prizes, food trucks, and an opportunity for fans to be part of the club's brand identity development through community engagement sessions.

Stay Connected: Be Part of the Soccer Revolution
For important fan updates and to register for the kick-off party, visit www.uslnaples.com. Follow the club's journey on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and join the excitement as USL Naples gears up for an unforgettable soccer experience in Southwest Florida.

Learn more about this event and register for important fan updates HERE.


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