Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, and despite almost every American having participated in the game in some capacity during their lives, professional soccer here doesn't rival its international counterparts. Or does it.
"The demand has been here for a very long time and finally we're giving the people what they want," Co-Owner of the Oakland County Football Club Theo Foutris said.
A small group of Entrepreneurs is trying to change that. Soccer has its niche fan base here in the states, but needs more grassroots teams like the new Oakland County Football Club, to help build the sport.
"It's something for the fans to just rally around the community, I belong to that club, that's my club, I belong to them, instead of having to go on TV and just having to pick a club or a certain city because there is nothing available," Co-Owner Nick Morana added.
It's not only about the actual football being played on the field, it's about the community, giving back and giving an alternative here in Oakland County for sports entertainment.
"Everyone wants to support their local community even though they have that team they watch on TV every Saturday or Sunday, they still want to support their local communities," Foutris added.
"Now there’s something in their backyard where they can come and watch basically a professional event," OCFC Player Joey Beshara said.
"Just because it's not the MLS doesn't mean that these types of teams can't compete with top level teams."
The first game for the OCFC is May 14th, with the season continuing through July.