Milwaukee Pro Soccer to begin play in USL in 2026

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Pro Soccer announced today that the franchise plans to begin play in the United Soccer League in 2026, a year later than initially announced.

“As the highest level of pro soccer in the state of Wisconsin, we know we only have one opening day, and we want to make sure we get that product, that fan experience, and our facilities right,” said Conor Caloia, Milwaukee Pro Soccer’s Chief Operating Officer. “The stadium and experience we will bring will be worth the wait. We’re excited for a successful kickoff season in 2026.”

Milwaukee Pro Soccer continues to move forward with its agency partners at Cramer-Krasselt to develop a final team name, crest, and branding, and will continue conducting community engagement activities in the time leading up to its inaugural match.

2026 also marks the first time the United States, in addition to Mexico and Canada, will host the FIFA World Cup since 1994.

Milwaukee Pro Soccer is slated to join the USL Championship, the second-highest tier of professional soccer in the United States. The USL Championship is sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer Federation as the nation’s Division II professional league. The league boasts 27 clubs in major metropolitan markets including Miami, San Diego, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Detroit, and Indianapolis.

The Championship is the pinnacle of the USL’s comprehensive league ecosystem, which includes three professional leagues, two pre-professional leagues, a developmental academy system, and a nationally competitive youth network. The organization consists of more than 200 teams, from youth to pro, across the United States.

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