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Fueling the Soccer Movement: USL Arkansas's Strategy to Establish a Premier Soccer Franchise in Northwest Arkansas - Chris Martinovic, Wes Harris
Episode 23625th September 2023 • I am Northwest Arkansas • Randy Wilburn
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"We have a great community. We have so much to offer and we are offering more and more every single day. But as we continue to try to attract and retain top-level talent, having things like professional sports is a great additive element to that community.”

 - Chris Martinovic

In the latest episode of the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast, host Randy Wilburn sits down with Chris Martinovic and Wes Harris to unpack the ambitious plans of USL Arkansas. The franchise aims to change the landscape of soccer in Northwest Arkansas and serve as a launchpad for young, emerging talent. Chris, the principal owner and CEO, discusses how USL Arkansas is set to not only introduce professional soccer to the community but also catapult it into national prominence.

Wes Harris, the Chief of Staff, complements this vision by diving into the logistical aspects. He talks about the crucial need for finding top-tier practice facilities for the team. The discussion also touches on the potential of expanding the franchise’s footprint with satellite locations across the region.

This episode isn't just a story about soccer; it's an exploration of economic opportunity, community impact, and the limitless potential that entrepreneurs in Northwest Arkansas can tap into. Don't miss out on this engaging conversation to discover how USL Arkansas aims to kickstart a new era of growth and excitement for the region."

What you will learn in this episode:

  • Identify mounting interests propelling soccer into the mainstream of American sports.
  • Chronicle the significant breakthroughs and milestones in American soccer history.
  • Uncover the unique possibilities that the USL offers to non-MLS markets and their potential impact.
  • Understand the unique dynamics at play, making Northwest Arkansas fertile ground for the growth of soccer.
  • Apprehend the vision and ambitions propelling USL Arkansas in establishing a thriving soccer program. 

All this and more on this episode of the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast.

Important Links and Mentions on the Show*

Email Christopher Martinovic

Email Wes Harris

USL Arkansas Website

USL Arkansas on Instagram

USL Arkansas Supporters Group on Facebook

Chris Martinovic on LinkedIn

Wes Harris on LinkedIn

USL Soccer League Website

USL Arkansas is live on the website. Click on the link below:

https://www.uslarkansas.com/fanzone/#/campaigns/2a654822-c829-4b13-bdea-c3e857662f71/name-the-team

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