Colorado will soon add a third professional soccer team.
The Katofsky family and Future Legends ownership group have plans to start Northern Colorado FC in Windsor as part of the United Soccer League in 2022. An official announcement is expected Tuesday.
“When we look to expand, we’re looking for three primary things: communities with a strong appetite for the sport, a committed local ownership group, and a fan-friendly venue and this club has all of those things,” said Ryan Madden, a spokesperson for USL. “And we expect them to be very successful.”
Northern Colorado FC will compete at the Future Legends Sports Complex in Windsor — the same site that will host the NoCo Owlz of the revamped Pioneer League starting this summer.
The soccer club will compete in the United Soccer League League One, which is the third division in American soccer, below MLS and USL Championship where the other two teams in Colorado already compete.
“Every person that we’ve had a conversation with knows how big soccer is up here in Northern Colorado, and honestly Colorado as a whole,” said Casey Katofsky, Future Legends Complex Executive Director and co-owner of the professional teams and complex. “You have the Colorado Rapids in Denver, you have the Switchbacks down in Colorado Springs, and for us to be able to provide the first outdoor professional soccer team in northern Colorado history was extremely appealing to us.”
There are no current plans to be affiliated with the Rapids, although that is a possibility