A new amateur men's soccer team has been established by the Pacesetter Soccer Club and will begin play next summer.
The new team will compete in the Super-20 League, which is an organization for elite players ages 17 to 20. The Super-20s League is affiliated with the United Soccer Leagues.
Players hope to work their way up through what is called the American Soccer Pyramid. The top tier is Major League Soccer.
Jimmy Walker, who is the director of the Sylvania-based Pacesetter Club, said the Super 20s team will be run through the club.
“It's a really good level of play,” Walker said.
The team will be called the Pacesetter Super 20s. The season runs through June and July. Chicago, Columbus, and Cincinnati also have teams in the league.
Walker, who will be a co-owner, said he hopes the team will play its home games at St. John's Jesuit High School. The team will be coached by former Northview coach Ryan Creech. Walker said the roster will consist primarily of top local college players.
Walker said the ultimate goal is to establish a team that would compete in the Premier Development League.
The PDL, which is one step higher than the Super-20s, provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to experience a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility.
Walker said the club is in the process of raising funds to obtain a PDL franchise.