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Professional soccer coming to Joplin

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On the heels of an announcement that an independent baseball team will now call Joplin home, on Friday the city announced professional soccer will also be coming to the area.

The "Joplin Demize" will begin playing at the Joplin Athletic Complex this spring.

The announcement was made during a news conference this afternoon.

Parks Director Chris Cotten says improvements are currently being made to the facility to meet the league's requirements.

"You know there is a lot of baseball fans out there but there is a lot of soccer fans out there too," says Cotten.  "Utilize the venues we already have try to bring sports entertainment and sports to the next level in Joplin."

Team owners, Ed and Alison Hershewe are also providing a facility sponsorship to help with upgrades.
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