Fred Gillich wants a professional outdoor soccer team in Milwaukee, and so last year, he created a T-shirt and formed a soccer supporters group, the Milwaukee Barons.
"If Milwaukee gets a professional outdoor soccer team someday, it will have started with a T-shirt," says Gillich.
The shirt sold quickly and Gillich has since designed a Barons’ scarf. The Milwaukee Barons are now part of the The Milwaukee Soccer Development Group (MSDG) which is a non-profit group dedicated to bringing a professional soccer team to Wisconsin.
James Moran serves as the executive director of the Barons; Pat Finn is the business developer and Caleb Kleinhans is the secretary. Gillich serves as the creative director.
On Wednesday, June 10, the group will host its first meeting at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of Best Place, 901 W. Juneau Ave.
All soccer enthusiasts are invited to the meeting. The purpose is to unify fans behind getting a professional soccer team and to show city officials, sports fans and investors that Milwaukee is ready for one.
During the meeting, details on the Barons’ "Miller Park March" will also be released. The event takes place Tuesday, July 14 at Miller Park during the international soccer match between Newcastle United FC and Club Atlas.
"It’s all for the love of the game," says Gillich.
Visit the Milwaukee Barons online to get involved or to find out more information.
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