Inspired by the impressive turnout at an exhibition game last summer between the Rochester Rhinos and D.C. United, the Rhinos' owner has agreed with the town of Cary to bring a minor league men's soccer team to the Triangle.
Soccer passion in the Triangle feeds off the enthusiasm and dedication of young players and their parents. No one knows that better than Mike Moltzon. When he opened the Soccer Dome in 1992, it was the only indoor facility in town. Now, there are four.
"When people move into this area, they have kids and their kids want to play and having a team to watch is just all part of the deal," Moltzon said.
A few years ago, the Carolina Courage fielded some of the best women's soccer players in the world at SAS Soccer Park in Cary. Even though women's soccer failed to last in the Triangle, many say the support was there, but the league's finances were not. This time, soccer fans are hoping a men's team will solidify the area's soccer future.
The Cary Town Council still must officially vote to approve the deal with the Rochester Rhinos on Thursday.
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