GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - High caliber women's soccer is coming to Green Bay. The Green Bay Glory will field its inaugural team in the WPSL, which is the Women's Premier Soccer League.
Green Bay Glory players practice (WBAY photo)
The developmental league, with more than a hundred clubs across the country, features highly skilled players ranging in age from 16 to late-30s.
Kerry Geocaris and Melissa Cruz-Cuene have known each other for years.
"Kerry and I have been friends for a really long time. We shared childhood soccer teams. We've played on the field together for a really long time, so we've always had a real mutual respect for each other," says Cruz-Cuene.
And now the two are the owners of the newly formed Green Bay Glory of the Women's Premier Soccer League. It's a league that Kerry Geocaris played in last year at the age of 39.
According to Geocaris, "When I returned from my WPSL experience, came back home after playing for the Milwaukee Torrent, I had this unsettled feeling. It was a great experience, but I felt like I was being called to do more."
With so much soccer talent in the region, but very few places for competitive women to play, the Green Bay Glory will give players an opportunity to continue to be competitive on the field and in life.
"We're doing more than just training soccer players. We're helping young female athletes today do simple things like understand how to open up a bank account, how to interview for jobs, internships, helping them find work in a community," says Chad Johnson, the Glory coach.
The team, which is holding tryouts on Sunday at Sports Emporium in De Pere, will play home games at Capital Credit Union Park in Ashwaubenon, the future site of Booyah baseball and the Green Bay men's amateur soccer team as well.
Geocaris adds, "Just being around some of the players and the coaches and the people that are involved already, you'll already feel that elevated spirit, which is really fun. But I think, having a positive attitude about it and coming out to support us is really what we need right now."
The Glory will kick off their season in May.