ASHWAUBENON, Wis. May 9, 2019 - Green Bay Voyageurs FC has announced the signing of Northern Illinois University (NIU) midfielder Alex Welch to the team’s inaugural roster. Welch is the third Husky to join the club’s roster.
Welch joins the club after a successful sophomore campaign, tallying three goals and three assists in 18 appearances. He followed up his rookie campaign, doubling his number of appearances and minutes played. In 25 career matches, Welch has recorded six goals and five assists, converting all three penalty kick attempts.
“I am extremely excited to be a part of Green Bay’s inaugural season in USL League Two.” said Welch. “It is an ambitious project and I believe it will be a great fit for me. I can’t wait to get started and help grow the soccer culture in the community.”
“We are hoping Alex will provide a spark of creativity in the midfield with his distribution and ability to keep the ball.” Noted Head Coach Brian Kamler of the new addition.
A native of Carmarthen, Wales, Welch is the fourth international signee for the club. Prior to his arrival in the United States, he spent time playing for clubs in both Austria and Spain.
The Voyageurs open their inaugural season with a trip to Des Moines on May 11.The Voyageurs’ first home game, and first ever event at Capital Credit Union Park, is slated for Friday, May 31st at 7:00 against WSA Winnipeg. Season, group and single game tickets are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling (920) 497-7225, or by visiting www.greenbayvoyageurs.com.
About Green Bay Voyageurs FC: Green Bay is a member of USL League Two and will begin play in May 2019 in the Heartland Division of the Central Conference. The team name, colors and crest are being developed with input from the public to build a team that truly represents the community. The team will play its home games at the new Capital Credit Union Park. The multi-purpose stadium opens in May at 2231 Holmgren Way, less than a mile from historic Lambeau Field, home of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers. It is very accessible throughout Northeastern Wisconsin, less than 30 minutes from the youth soccer hotbed of Appleton, WI and 15 minutes from the ten-field Akzo-Nobel Soccer Complex in Howard, WI. Information about Capital Credit Union Park can be found here.
About USL League Two: USL League Two is a pre-professional league affiliated with USL Championship, USL League One and Major League Soccer (MLS). Expected opponents in the Heartland Division include WSA Winnipeg, Thunder Bay Chill, Kaw Valley FC, Des Moines Menace and St. Louis Lions. The proven developmental leader in North American soccer's evolving tiered structure, USL League Two (formerly the PDL) features more than 70 franchises in four conferences throughout the United States and Canada, including 18 clubs that are owned and operated by a professional club, or that hold a partnership with a professional club. League Two has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with more than 70 percent of all selections in the MLS SuperDraft since 2010 having PDL experience, including over 80 percent of selections in the 2019 SuperDraft.