Peoria City Set for Saturday’s Season Opener

PEORIA, IL (May 13, 2022) – More than two years in the making, Peoria City officially will make its franchise debut Saturday night when the USL League Two expansion franchise hosts Minneapolis City SC in a Deep North Division matchup at seven o’clock at Shea Stadium.

While Peoria City will play its first-ever game Saturday night, Minneapolis City SC (0 points, 0-1-0) opened its 2022 League Two season Sunday with a 2-0 home loss to defending champion Des Moines Menace.  The teams will meet two more times this season in Minneapolis, next Friday night and Saturday, June 25.

As Peoria City prepares for Saturday’s opener, the team’s roster grew by two Friday with the additions of former Vermont forward Justin Freitas and current Western Illinois midfielder Caleb Ragland.

In addition to the soccer action Saturday night, fans will be entertained throughout the evening by Drummadtik Talents Drumline, which will escort the starting elevens onto the field for pregame introductions and perform throughout the game.

Peoria City single-game tickets are just $5 and are available for purchase in advance online at and at Peoria City Five Bars locations The Fieldhouse Bar & Grill, The Fox Pub & Cafe and Pour Bros. Craft Taproom.  Tickets will be available at Shea Stadium, starting at 5 o’clock.

Free parking will be available at Shea Stadium with tailgating permitted to begin at 5 o’clock.  The Fieldhouse Bar & Grill will provide complimentary shuttle service between Campustown and Shea Stadium pre- and postgame for Saturday’s season-opener.  The Fieldhouse also is sponsoring Saturday night’s Peoria City goal-scoring effort, providing everyone in attendance a coupon for a half-priced appetizer if the home side scores at least two goals.

For more information about Peoria City, visit the team online at or any of the team’s social media handles.


A part of United Soccer Leagues, LLC, which also operates the USL Championship, USL League One, Super Y League and the new USL Academy, USL League Two is the top pre-professional soccer league in North America, offering a summer platform for aspiring professionals across the United States and Canada. League Two is the defined and proven pathway for players to progress to the ranks of professional soccer, while its clubs become fixtures in the communities where they operate. More than 70 percent of all MLS SuperDraft selections since 2010 have League Two experience, including 66 alumni chosen in 2018 and 61 in 2019. Werder Bremen’s Josh Sargent, Inter Miami CF’s DeAndre Yedlin, and Atlanta United’s Brad Guzan are among the many U.S. National Team players to have competed in USL League Two before making their professional debuts.

“Peoria will play home to future stars of American soccer.”
- Jim DeRose, Bradley University Head Soccer Coach

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