- The team will play in the Premier Development League in a regional division which includes, among others, Des Moines and Thunder Bay.
- Home field will be one of the new artificial pitches at the Winnipeg Outdoor Soccer Complex on Waverley
- Focus will be on youth. On the facebook event page, someone is already soliciting names of the best local U23 players (PDL rules allow a maximum of only 8 over-23 players on the roster).
Unfortunately, when the presser was scheduled, team organizers likely had no idea they'd be competing against another announcement of much greater importance to the vast majority of Winnipeggers.
The planning of a new stadium for Winnipeg has proceeded in typical fashion for the city. Mayor Katz and Premier Selinger have bungled the issue as much you might expect from those two. This announcement is really the second or third re-announcement of the stadium, with a new financing model.
The local media, sporting and otherwise, will likely be focussed on that story, which will make it hard for the PDL gang to make a splash on Tuesday's sports pages. I'll be sure to post details here, but my reach of a few dozen daily visitors isn't quite the same as sports section billing. If the team suffers for attention it will be because of a badly mismanaged stadium development and poor timing.
And that's really too bad.