The Milwaukee Torrent men’s outdoor soccer team announced on December 18 that it was among an established group of 11 clubs across the United States that have launched a new league with all professional players, coaches, and staff in association with the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).
The Torrent will compete with the 10 other clubs in the first-ever NPSL Founders Cup competition that will be scheduled from August to November 2019. The 11 founding members include New York Cosmos, Miami United FC, Chattanooga FC, Detroit City FC, ASC San Diego, Cal FC, California United Strikers FC, FC Arizona, Miami FC, Milwaukee Torrent, and Oakland Roots, and plans are being developed to add additional clubs.
The Milwaukee Torrent plays at Hart Park, 7300 Chestnut Street in Wauwatosa. The format, roster, schedule, and additional details of the Founders Cup will be announced in early 2019.
“It is an honor to be a part of this new league with all professional players and be among such strong and dynamic soccer clubs,” said Andreas Davi, Owner of the Milwaukee Torrent. “We are thrilled to create a new experience for our fans, players, and community.”
Along with the soccer clubs in other cities, The Milwaukee Torrent will be making a full-time commitment to its market. Following the Founders Cup, the clubs will play a full league schedule running from spring through the fall of 2020.
In addition, the Milwaukee Torrent announced its new head coach, Carlos “Cacho” Córdoba, a former Argentine player who helped the Argentine club Boca Juniors win three Argentine First Division Championships, and one world club title before moving to the United States to begin his coaching career.
Córdoba played with the Milwaukee Wave, and his first professional coaching job was with the Milwaukee Wave. He later went on to serve as the head coach of the Milwaukee Rampage where he led the team to division champions.
For the first time in the Milwaukee Torrent’s three-year history, Córdoba fills the role of head coach for Andreas Davi, who will remain owner of the Milwaukee Torrent. This will allow Davi to build on what he established, while continuing to grow the team by forming new partnerships with other soccer clubs, sponsors, and community organizations.
“We are happy to install Cacho Córdoba as our new head coach,” said Davi. “To continue growing the Milwaukee Torrent as an organization, it was important to bring on someone with Carlos’ extensive coaching experience. He will bring so much to the Milwaukee Torrent, both on and off the field.”
“I was very fortunate to coach some of the very best players in the world such as Valderama, Sergio Agüero and Diego Maradona,” said Córdoba. “I’m excited to be coaching professional players in Milwaukee and bringing my experience as both a coach and a player to the Milwaukee Torrent.”
The Milwaukee Torrent is striving to ignite a passion for soccer and create a desire to play the game at its highest levels. One of the goals that the Torrent has is to make professional soccer accessible to everyone in the Greater Milwaukee community.
The club is an active force for urban initiatives, supporting the youth in the Milwaukee community through partnerships with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, as well as Milwaukee Public Schools. The organization works to provide kids with a safe, after-school environment to have fun, build friendships, and enjoy the game of soccer.
The Torrent hopes to inspire Milwaukee’s youth as they watch professional soccer teams in the new league.