First professional soccer team coming to Madison

MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison is about to get its first professional soccer team.

The team is coming to Breese Stevens field -- the team name and mascot haven't been decided yet.

The squad will be the fourth founding member of the United Soccer League Division III, which is two tiers below major league soccer.

Team officials hope pro soccer will add even more excitement to the city's east side.

"We see the near east side of Madison becoming like a kind of little Wrigleyville, with great restaurants and bars and professional soccer," said Madison Pro Soccer President Ver Stenman.

Fans say they can't wait for games to start.

"I've loved watching soccer grow in this country, and I never thought Madison could get a professional soccer team so I'm pretty excited," said Matt Kronberger. "I'll definitely be getting my season tickets!"

Fans will get to choose the team's name and mascot.

The team is sponsored by Big Top Events. The announcement comes after Madison's city council approved a 10-year lease extension with Big Top Events for Breese Stevens Field.

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