7/5/2010: Dutch Lions To Play Exhibition Match Against Miami Shelby All-Stars on July 13th!

Monday, July 5, 2010 Ryan Kozlowski

Players and alma-mater from Piqua, Troy, and Sydney High Schools will face off against the Dayton Dutch Lions at Wertz Stadium in Piqua, Ohio on Tuesday, July 13th at 7:00 p.m.. The match kicks off an annual exhibition between the Dutch Lions and these high schools. This match will also be a nice tune up for the Dutch Lions in preparation for their last regular season, home game on July 17th at 1 p.m. against Kalamazoo.

The Dutch Lions are playing in the exhibition as part of an excellent relationship that the Lions have built with the Piqua Indians Soccer Association (P.I.S.A); as well as to spread their quality brand of Dutch footie to soccer fans in Northern Dayton (as these fans may not be able to come out and view as many regular season games).

Owner Mike Mossel explains in further detail:

"So far we have had great feedback from the Southern part of Dayton concerning our games and our players. Of course this has to do with the fact that we play our home games in Bellbrook. However, we noticed a lot of people in the Northern part are not that familiar with us yet. So when Wil Benson from Piqua Indians Soccer Association asked me if I was interested in getting soccer people from the Piqua region more aware and involved, I immediately said yes."

The Dutch Lions are also excited to play at Wertz Stadium in this exhibition, as it's a nice facility as well.

Wil Benson, PISA President, had the following to say on the game:
“I want to promote soccer as much as possible, and I think this is a great family event for our community and Miami County. This is an opportunity to see soccer at a higher level and make a long time relationship with the Dayton Dutch Soccer Family. We want to build support for soccer in general and in the long run, we hope people will go and support the Dayton Dutch Team.”


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