DES MOINES, IOWA, May 11, 2019: In the first game in the team’s history, the Green Bay Voyageurs looked dangerous but ultimately came home empty from a 2-0 loss to the Des Moines Menace.
The Voyageurs started the game slow, giving up a ninth minute goal to Niklas Brodacki who capitalized on an errant pass out of the back. Following the early mishap, Green Bay proved to be a team who was up to the task and spent the majority of the next 30 minutes on the attack. The team threatened Des Moines’ net with a rocket off the right foot of Alex Welch in the 22nd minute, forcing a save from Menace keeper Brenden Ledgeway. Jaden Stevenson enjoyed good service from his midfield but was unable to convert during the Voyageur onslaught, with his final shot of the half firing just wide in the 43rd minute.
The game’s second half was a back and forth affair that saw both teams create their share of chances at the next goal. A quick Menace attacked looked to double the lead in the 53rd minute, but was ultimately called off as Des Moines was offside. Bradan Allen provided the first real threat at Des Moines’ goal in the second half with a laser that just barely sailed over the net. A run of strong possession saw the first Voyageur caution, with Alex Hummel being warned in the 68th minute. Fresh legs for the team with twenty minutes to play would allow Green Bay to regain control and place more pressure on the Menace net. Standing strong once again, the hosts would turn to defense to offense late in the game with a goal that doubled their lead and sealed the game.
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.