If you’ve got an extra bedroom and some soccer-playing kids who could use a role model, how about having an elite-level player staying with you for a few months?
The Green Bay Voyageurs USL League 2 pre-professional soccer team needs about 20 families to host players for their inaugural season. That’d mean having a college-age soccer player staying with you from late May until early August, if things go well.
“Our regular season will end July 14. Hopefully you we’re playing (in the playoffs) until August 3,” said Voyageurs general manager Dannon Anderson.
Anderson said several amateur baseball teams owned by the same company have successfully run host family programs for baseball players in Green Bay, Wisconsin Rapids, Madison and Kenosha.
“I think with all of the markets you find that once a family does it, they tend to enjoy it and do it again the next summer,” Anderson said.
Anderson said families only need to provide a bedroom, someplace to do laundry and make food available. The team feeds the players on game days and road trips. Families should also be within a half-hour drive of the stadium in Ashwaubenon; transporting players to training and games is not expected, though some families are able to do it.
In exchange, families get season tickets, 20 percent off merchandise and a great experience — especially if they’re a youth soccer family.
The Voyageurs will compete in the Great Lakes Division of USL League 2, formerly known as the Premier Development League, the top level of amateur soccer in the United States. The team has already announced two players, Northern Illinois University striker Nick Markanich and Marquette University defender (and Green Bay native) Leo Villa, with more roster announcements to come.
Anyone interested in becoming a host family can call the team at 920-497-7225 or visit https://www.greenbayvoyageurs.com/host.