Peter Wilt launches another start-up, in another league

Peter Wilt, one of the NISA founders, has applied for a club to play in the third division league in the Chicago area in the 2021 fall season.

Wilt has been involved in two other Chicago soccer startups: the Chicago Fire (MLS) and Chicago Red Stars (WPS). He also started teams in the NASL (Indy Eleven) and USL League One (Forward Madison). Until the COVID-19 pandemic halted play in March, he was working for USL teams on fan development.

“Every member of our investment team believes in what NISA is building in U.S. soccer,” Wilt said in a statement. “We plan to work with the people of Chicagoland to inclusively build a diverse, community-based organization that will represent Chicago well and make it a better place for all.”

NISA's spring 2000 season was halted after two weeks. An abbreviated fall season began in August.

The third division league added the New York Cosmos and New Amsterdam FC in the Eastern Conference, but Stumptown Athletic (Charlotte) and 1904 FC (San Diego) were COVID-19 casualties, deciding to sit out the fall while they regroup for 2021.

The Web site Soc Takes reported that the Oakland Roots will leave NISA for the USL Championship. The New Jersey Teamsters are slated to join NISA in 2021.
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