Interest in Galaxy spurs second team
Schedule released for returning Canadian Soccer League franchiseUpdated Thursday April 9, 2015 by Brant News by Sean Allen.
So much so, that Tomo Dancetovic has accelerated his plans for building the club and added a second division team for the approaching Canadian Soccer League (CSL) season.
“We had two tryouts and had 26 players out at both of them,” Dancetovic said. “That’s a lot of interest and shows us lots of players want to come (to Brantford).”
Dancetovic, who is resurrecting the Galaxy franchise from a two-year CSL hiatus, said it was a mix of young players and some with experience at the tryouts in Hamilton.
“We want to give everyone who wants to take part an opportunity, so we are going to have a reserve team,” Dancetovic said.
The CSL operates a first and second division, with most franchises treating the second division team as a farm team for injuries or development team for up-and-coming talent.
Dancetovic said he plans to run a more fluid roster between the two clubs.
“I want the players to think of it as one Galaxy team they play for,” he said. “We will practise as one unit and decide the lineups game by game.”
The CSL season kicks off on May 9 and May 10 with 10 games over two days at the St. Joan of Arc soccer grounds in Toronto. The Galaxy will return to the field with a May 10 game against SC Waterloo.
But the date for local soccer fans to mark on the calendar will be Sunday, May 17, when the Galaxy host Burlington SC at Lions Park in Brantford at 7 p.m.
Dancetovic has announced ticket prices with the intention of getting fans to welcome the Galaxy back – especially soccer families in the region.
Regular season admission will be $10 for adults and free for children under 16 years old.
The club is offering a deal for parents with youth registered to play in one of the regional soccer clubs. A season’s pass for a soccer parent will be only $10 for the 11 Galaxy home games.
“People who are already into soccer pay so much to support their kids playing,” Dancetovic said. “It doesn’t seem right to charge them more to watch a game. They love the sport, so we should bring them together.”
Soccer clubs need to make arrangements for the discounted passes before May 1. Regular season passes will retail for $50.
All the Galaxy’s home games will be on a Sunday at 7 p.m., with the CSL schedule running through the summer and into October.
As far as bringing in some ringers to mix in with the local talent on the field, Dancetovic said he has some “feelers” out and will know more once he gets closer to settling on a roster of players from the tryouts.
The Galaxy debuted in Brantford in 2010 and won the CSL championship in their inaugural season. After three seasons, the club folded in 2012.
Dancetovic, who was coach and assistant coach at different times for the club, bought the rights to bring the club back from the original owners.