The National Premier Soccer League announced Tuesday that Panathinaikos Chicago has joined the league as an expansion team.

The club will begin competition in the Midwest Region in 2021.

“This area is full to the brim with culture, passion, and a love of the game,” NPSL managing director Cindy Spera said in a statement. “The Panathinaikos Chicago organization exemplifies the meaning of grassroots soccer. The team was born out of the local community, with immigrant owners that have built their life in the area. The team will fill the roster with local players, and there is already overwhelming support from the community.”

The club is led by Dimitrios Chronopoulos, Vasiliki Chronopoulos and Trevor McGrann.

Dimitrios Chronopoulos, who is the club’s owner, is a die-hard fan of Panathinaikos and played in the fourth division in Greece and semi-professionally in Canada. Vasiliki is an administrative assistant and the director of media. Head coach Trevor McGrann, who is of Brazilian and Columbian decent, comes from the youth ranks of River Plate and Banfield in Argentina. He then went on to play for Aris FC, Trikala FC, and Ialysos FC in Greece.

“We expect to win our conference and have a good run in the playoffs,” Dimitrios Chronopoulos said.

Panathinaikos Chicago is a Greek-American soccer club that was founded by Denny
Chronopoulos in 2019. Their academies were created in 2019 and their first team was created in 2020.

“We bring loads of experience to the league,” Dimitrios Chronopoulos said. “For example, we have two players who have MLS experience and another player who captained Greece’s U-20 national team in the European Under-20 Cup.”

Home matches will be played at Harper College in Palatine, Ill.