GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The popularity of soccer in West Michigan is growing tremendously thanks in part to the World Cup.
Starting next May soccer fans will be able to watch the sport on a local stage; a new minor league soccer team is starting up in Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids Football Club will be equivalent to Class-A baseball. It will give local college players, who usually have to travel during the summer in order to play, a chance to stay in Grand Rapids.
Organizers have already seen a lot of interest with 300 people becoming members.
For more on how to become a founding member, click here.
Watch the entire interview with Rodger Garner, the head of soccer outreach at Gazelle Sports in Grand Rapids and coach at Aquinas College, above.