Herb Simon, owner of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers and managing partner of the Reno Aces of the Pacific Coast League baseball team, will be the owner of the Reno team that will begin play in the USL
in 2017. The team will play at Aces Ballpark, a state-of-the-art facility with 6,500 seats that opened in 20019.
Reno Aces President Eric Edelstein
will occupy the same role for the Reno USL club. Chris Gelfuso
will serve as chief financial officer, and Andrew
will be the assistant general manager.
“The USL is thrilled to welcome Reno, Nevada as its 28th franchise,” USL CEO Alec
said. “The vibrant city of Reno, combined with the outstanding ownership of Herb Simon, will assuredly create a most professional soccer organization."
Reno is the
first team announced for 2017. Teams in the Rio Grande Valley (affiliated with the Houston Dynamo), Lehigh Valley (Philadelphia Union second team) and FC Cincinnati have been announced for 2016.
Orlando City announced intentions to field a second team in Central Florida, dropping its affiliation with Louisville City.