Mantis FC will not play in 2017
By Michael Carney
Last year the city of Kokomo welcomed their first semi-professional soccer team to the city in the form of Kokomo Mantis FC. After going 4-6-4 in their first season in the Premier Development League (PDL), Mantis FC, who is owned by Milwaukee group MKE Sports and Entertainment, the same company that owns the Milwaukee Wave, has decided not to play in 2017. “We are no longer in the PDL” Dan Kuenzi, Senior VP of Operations of MKE Sports and Entertainment told Lady Victory and Her Quest for Glory.
Mantis FC is looking to join another league for 2018 and in doing so will have to sit out for the 2017 season. Kuenzi could not comment on which league they will join next year however, an article published by the Kokomo Perspective quotes Kuenzi as saying that they are in talks with the NPSL. A spokesperson for the NPSL did not want to comment on the situation when LVHQG reached out about Mantis FC joining their league.
Mantis FC played their home games at Kokomo Municipal Stadium and share it with the Kokomo Jackrabbits, who are also owned by MKE Sports and Entertainment. The Jackrabbits are a collegiate wooden bat team and will continue to play this summer.