Omaha pro soccer team

A rendering of what soccer could look like at Werner Park.

The wait is nearly over: Omaha's pro soccer team will soon have an identity.

United Soccer League officials in Omaha will host a block party in Benson next week to unveil the team's name, crest and colors.

The party will begin at 5 p.m. Oct. 3 near 62nd and Maple Streets. The program will start at 6:30 p.m.

The event is free to the public, but those wishing to attend must RSVP. Details and registration information can be found at

Omaha's USL League One team will begin play next March at Werner Park, home of the Storm Chasers. The 28-game season, which features 14 home matches, will run through October.

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USL Omaha officials spent the summer working to ensure that the team's identity meshes with the culture and ideals of the community. Part of that work included community brainstorming sessions in which attendees were asked to reflect on what it means to live in Omaha.

Jason Mims, former coach at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, will coach the USL team. Gary Green, owner of the Storm Chasers, also owns the new soccer team.

The club's president is Martie Cordaro, who is president and general manager of the Storm Chasers. Matt Homonoff is the chief operating officer.

USL League One is sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer Federation and is two tiers below Major League Soccer.

Officials have kept quiet on the specifics of the team identity, but that hasn't stopped people from coming up with their own ideas. The World-Herald received more than 1,500 responses after asking for name and color suggestions.

Based on those responses, could Nebraska soccer fans cheer on the Omaha Locomotives, Meadowlarks or Ranch Dressing come spring?

Tune in next week.

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Reece covers Sarpy County for The World-Herald. He's a born-and-raised Nebraskan and UNL grad who spent time in Oklahoma and Virginia before returning home. Follow him on Twitter @reecereports. Phone: 402-444-1127

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