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Thursday April 28th, 2011

Posted at 12:15pm

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Windsor is bringing back pro soccer to the border city following a three-year absence. The Windsor Stars will play its inaugural home opener, taking on the Montreal Impact Academy on May 7th  at Windsor Stadium.

This has been a year in the making for Filip Rocca president of the Stars,  and his efforts are paying off.

“As with any new experience, you never know what to expect. I’m very proud of what we have achieved so far in terms of our team and sponsors. As a non-profit, the support from our sponsors and the community is fundamental to our success. The hard work involved in making this team a reality is well worth the effort seeing the excitement from the kids and having a professional soccer team in Windsor.” says Rocca.

The team was born out of a need to create an avenue for youth players in Windsor-Essex, both girls and boys, to help them advance in their soccer careers and to continue chasing their dreams through development and recruitment.

“It’s exciting to have pro soccer back in Windsor. The team will be very competitive and enjoyable to watch.” says Coach Jeff Hodgson.

The team looks forward to entertaining fans on the field and giving back to the community off the field, and they hope that the experience their fans take home after each game keeps them coming for more.

Special events and services for youth in Windsor-Essex, including meet the players nights, year-round youth camps, game-day youth matches, ‘Practice with the Stars,’ scholarship services, and much more will also be part of what the Windsor Stars will bring to the community.

The team is looking for support from the residents of Windsor-Essex. “It will be a long, tough road ahead, but we look to take one step at a time.” says Coach Steve Vagnini. “[Our] first step is the Montreal Impact Academy on May 7, and we need as much support from the community as we can get. That support will be our 12th player on the field and will make all the difference for us and the experience everyone takes away from each game.”

Tickets can be purchased at Centro located at 770 Erie Street East for $7.00 in advance for adults, $5.00 for children 12 and under.  Game day tickets will be $10.00 for adults, $7.00 for children 12 and under.  Season tickets are also available: Pre-season sale for family pass (4 people access) is $120.00 Single Pass (1 person access) is $60.00.  Complimentary shuttle service will be offered every game day from Centro starting at 6 p.m. with the opportunity to meet the players before every game starting at 5 p.m.

Season schedule can be found online and you can follow the team on Facebook.

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