Multiple outlets have reported that David Satterwhite, owner of the Cincinnati Saints, is considering moving his NPSL club from Cincinnati to Dayton. In fact, Satterwhite has reached out to Oranje Legion leadership to gauge our interest in helping to develop a supporter culture for an NPSL club in Dayton. We have answered him in private, but it serves a greater purpose to make a public statement.
The Oranje Legion was founded in an attempt to support Dayton Dutch Lions FC and create a vibrant atmosphere at home matches. Our hearts will always belong to DDLFC first and foremost.
We must also acknowledge, though, that our greatest desire is for the sport of soccer to thrive at the highest level possible in the Gem City. This is why we welcome Mr. Satterwhite and the NPSL with open arms. We will work with the club and soccer fans throughout the Miami Valley to promote the club and create a culture of support for the new team.
We understand that a loyal faction of the Seven Hills Crusaders, the supporters group for the Saints in Cincinnati, plans to continue its support for the team in Dayton. It is our hope that the Oranje Legion and Seven Hills Crusaders can work together to create a match day experience the likes of which Dayton has never experienced.
The Oranje Legion would also like to invite members of the burgeoning Dayton Chapter of the American Outlaws to participate in supporting the highest levels of local soccer, both DDLFC in USL PDL and the new NPSL team. Growing the game from the bottom of the pyramid to the top will ultimately serve the best interests of our national teams.
The arrival of an NPSL club in Dayton potentially represents the start of an exciting new era of soccer in Dayton. The Oranje Legion encourages soccer fans of all ages to get behind both teams in whatever manner you are able. Whether or not you enjoy participating in the raucousness of a supporters group, we hope that you come out to the matches.
Founder, Oranje Legion