With Major League Soccer coming to Cincinnati, our local teams are excited for the possibilities in the Miami Valley.
As Cincinnati celebrates their MLS expansion, it’s worth noting that Dayton played a big part in Cincinnati even getting a pro team.
The Dayton Dutch Lions, currently an amateur club, used to be semi-pro. The club sold the franchise to Cincinnati several years ago.
“The Dutch Lions used to have a team here, which was in USL Pro. They played 4 seasons in the USL Pro division and sold their franchise to FC Cincinnati,” said Ric Campbell, the Dutch Lions General Manager.
The organization still has ties to FC Cincinnati.
Team owner, Mike Mossel has a minority share of FC Cincinnati.
“We think it’s great for soccer overall. We’ve had a connection with the Columbus Crew in the past. The Dayton Dutch Lions is the gateway to professional soccer. We are looking for any avenue that creates opportunities for our players to go to to the next level,” said Campbell.
The Dutch Lions are not a direct affiliate. You won’t see pro players making stops here to recover from injuries or get more playing time.
However, you could see some of the top U.S. amateurs take the field in Dayton before reaching their dreams of becoming pro.
“We believe that if we have players that deserve a look, and we think are players for the next level, we would definitely pass that information on to Jeff and his staff,” said Campbell.
FC Cincinnati will open up MLS play in 2019.
Campbell says this is an exiting time to support soccer at every level in the Miami Valley, let alone Ohio as a whole.
“It’s a great opportunity to see local kids. It’s a great opportunity to see international kids. It’s a great opportunity to see some really good soccer. It is the best in the Miami Valley,” said Campbell.
If your interested in seeing the Dutch Lions in action, their next home match will be this Sunday (4pm) at Doc stadium in West Carrollton.