CHICAGO – Peter Wilt wants to return to professional soccer.
The National Independent Soccer Association announced Thursday that an investor group led by Wilt has applied for a club to play in the Chicago market.
Wilt was a co-founder of NISA in 2017 alongside his business partner and friend, the late Jack Cummins.
If accepted, the club would begin play in the 2021 fall season.
“Every member of our investment team believes in what NISA is building in U.S. soccer,” Wilt said in a statement. “We plan to work with the people of Chicagoland to inclusively build a diverse, community-based organization that will represent Chicago well and make it a better place for all.”
Wilt is one of the better-known executives in American soccer.
Emphasizing community building and fan engagement models, he has launched more professional soccer clubs than anyone else.
Among his seven start-ups are Chicago’s two first division clubs, the Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer) and Chicago Red Stars (National Women’s Soccer League). He has also launched and operated several lower division clubs including USL Championship’s Indy Eleven and USL League One’s Forward Madison.