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Behind the Announcement: Madison Pro Soccer

By Madison Pro Soccer, 07/02/18, 3:30PM CDT

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A detailed look at Madison Pro Soccer's official unveiling

By: Aaron Cranford, USLD3

MADISON, Wis. – USL Division III revealed Madison, Wisconsin, as its fourth founding member, as well as the first based in the Midwest, in May, and the league was there to celebrate and capture the arrival of the state's only professional outdoor soccer team.

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at Madison Pro Soccer's official unveiling:

Madison aerial view

League officials land in Madison on Wednesday, May 16, in preparation for the announcement of the USL Division III expansion team on Thursday, May 17.

Breese Stevens Field Plaque

USL Division III executives arrive at Breese Stevens Field for a walkthrough of the scheduled announcement. Breese Stevens Field is a multi-purpose stadium listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Breese Stevens Field aerial view

Breese Stevens Field is located in downtown Madison on East Washington and will serve as the home of Madison Pro Soccer in 2019 and beyond.

Madison Pro Soccer Stream test

A stream test is conducted to ensure high-level video production for Thursday's event.

UW-Madison Campus

League executives tour the campus of the University of Wisconsin–Madison following Wednesday's walkthrough.

Camp Randall

The tour of the university includes a stop at Camp Randall Stadium.

Downtown Madison

USL DIII members are shown around Wisconsin's capital alongside Madison Pro Soccer executives on Wednesday evening.

Madison Pro Soccer Jersey

USL DIII officials arrive at Breese Stevens Field hours before the day of the event to set up the stage and more.

Madison Pro Soccer Executives

Vern Stenman (left), Jim Kacmarcik (center) and Justin Papadakis (right) talk about the growth of the league hours before Thursday's official unveiling.

USLDIII Executives

USL DIII Senior Vice President Steven Short speaks to local business leaders at a pre-launch event next door to Breese Stevens Field.

Madison Pro Soccer Updated Stadium

Madison Pro Soccer executives discuss the future of Breese Stevens Field to multiple community business leaders while overlooking the stadium.

Season Ticket Deposits

Before the announcement begins, a line is formed to purchase season tickets for Madison Pro Soccer.

Madison Pro Soccer Fans

Soccer fans of all ages pile into Breese Stevens Field in anticipation of Thursday's announcement.

Madison Pro Soccer Fans

Numerous soccer fans and business and city leaders take their seats and await the beginning of the press conference.

Madison Pro Soccer Executives

Madison Pro Soccer is officially named the fourth founding member of the league, joining South Georgia Tormenta FC, FC Tucson and Greenville Pro Soccer.

After the Announcement

Madison Pro Soccer and league executives meet up with fans at Nomad World Pub to celebrate the arrival of Wisconsin's only professional outdoor team.

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