FC Wichita and FC Minneapolis have set a Friendly for June 14, 2017 in Wichita, Ks.
FC Minneapolis currently operates as a non- league professional soccer team in Blaine, Minnesota. Without a league to govern it’s rules the club is able to try and build their own pathway to the professional game in the United States.
“We are pleased to begin a relationship with FC Minneapolis that we believe will continue to grow,” said FC Wichita CEO Blake Shumaker. “They operate a bit out of the norm, and we liked their unique vision. They see great value in doing day to day business without league mandates and regulations. Most top professional leagues require clubs to play with limitations of a salary cap and a maximum number of international players under contract. So they are seeking friendlies against teams that they feel can help their players be identified in the states.”
With FC Wichita planning to operate two men’s teams in 2018, the agreement would see FC Minneapolis competing against both the FC Wichita professional team, and the amateur team. While the professionals will all be paid, the amateur side consists of collegiate and youth academy players who wish to maintain their college eligibility.
The clubs first meeting will take place on June 14, 2017, at Stryker Soccer Complex in Wichita, Ks.
Tickets for the match will go on sale April 15th, but will also be included in the season ticket package which goes on sale by March 20th.