A professional soccer team, that is calling Dayton home once again, has committed to playing at Roger Glass Stadium beginning in 2017.
The Cincinnati Saints announced they would be relocating to Dayton earlier this fall. On December 3, in the CJ Library, the owner of the soccer team, David Satterwhite, announced the new name for the organization, the Dayton Dynamo. The name is a homage to the Dayton Dynamo indoor professional soccer team that played in Dayton from 1988 to 1995 before moving to Cincinnati and becoming the Cincinnati Silverbacks.
“We felt it was appropriate” said Satterwhite. “Since we were coming from Cincinnati, we would return the Dynamo back to the Gem City. We wanted an identity that represented the community of Dayton. We wanted to reflect the great soccer history in Dayton and we can't wait to write the next chapter.”
“When we announced the construction of Roger Glass Stadium: Home of the Eagles in August, we anticipated that the beautiful new facility would be a place of welcome and prominence in downtown Dayton,” said Chaminade Julienne President Dan Meixner '84. “We are excited for this opportunity to be the future home of the Dayton Dynamo and join them in welcoming a growing number of new and returning fans from across the region. We look forward to hosting professional soccer downtown in a facility perfect for the sport.”
The soccer team has been a part of the Midwest Region of the National Premier Soccer League for the last two years. According to the NPSL website, the organization became the largest national soccer league in the U.S. soccer development pyramid in 2014. 68 teams participated in the NPSL in 2015.
After the announcement was made, CJ Men’s Head Soccer Coach Alex VanderSluijs said, "We couldn't be more thrilled about the buzz that Roger Glass Stadium is bringing to the community and now having the Dayton Dynamo playing there in 2017. It's a really special time here at CJ, especially for soccer."
CJ soccer player Yusef Muqtadir '18 agreed, "It will be exciting and it sets up a goal for us to achieve; maybe one day we will be playing at the level the professionals are playing."
The Dayton Dynamo will be playing their first game in Roger Glass Stadium in the spring of 2017. For 2016, they plan to play at Welcome Stadium.