DETROIT NEWS: Kalamazoo FC banking on USL 2 move to be shot in the arm to boost club’s fortunes

Larry O’Connor | Detroit News

In a city where they’re busy shipping out tons of vaccines to ward off a global deadly virus, Kalamazoo FC is counting on a switch to USL 2 as a single shot in the arm to boost the five-year pro-am soccer franchise’s profile.

The team is the latest Michigan-based outfit making the transition to the fourth-tier circuit from the National Premier Soccer League, joining Grand Rapids FC and AFC Ann Arbor. Kalamazoo FC joins 2019 champion Flint City Bucks and Clawson’s Oakland County FC as USL Michigan members.

Though a lateral move in the U.S. Soccer’s unofficial fourth tier, Kalamazoo FC’s jump hails a new chapter for the sport in the pharmaceutical hub.

USL 2, which plays a May to August schedule, draws elite college players who see the league as a viable pathway to the pros. More than 700 former USL 2 players are plying their trade in MLS, second-division USL Championship and third-division USL 1 as well as European pro leagues…. see more

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