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Pittsburgh City United FC invites fan ownership

On Tuesday, Pittsburgh City United FC owner Michael Anton Monsour delivered a team statement via the team’s streaming channel seeking support from the community as his club has established a partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association in an effort to promote a new approach to raising charitable funds and awareness in the world of football.

The central theme of his message: to give ownership back to the people in the community, if they so choose.

Here’s Monsour’s full statement, which took a little more than three minutes to read. (Link to statement)

Michael Monsour’s statement

“On June 3rd of this year, I announced my intentions to unveil a soccer team with a foundational purpose that extended beyond the pitch. A sense of purpose-built on a commitment to the understanding of why we are here and what we are fighting for. Alzheimer’s currently affects over 44 million people around the world today. But the pain that comes from that infliction does not stop at those who are inflicted. I am sure most of you know someone or has themselves experienced the true pain and heartache that comes with watching a loved one succumb to this disease, accompanied by the fear of not knowing if that disease one day will come for you. We are not scientists, or doctors, nurses, or caregivers. We know what we do is a game and who we are, is a team that’s competitive function is to play that game to the best of our abilities. This does not mean we can not strive to be more than that. It begins with a purpose that goes beyond the pitch, a purpose truly worth fighting for because winning a game is just not enough. Our story of commitment and purpose our quest to spread awareness for the importance of what we are doing and how we are doing this have been well documented around the world. We have signed one of the best European head coaches to ever coach a lower division soccer club in the United States. A Hall of Fame player at Dundee FC who has managed in the highest levels of Scottish football. Our team consists of skilled players from around the world and even one from our own area,” 

“These young men along with our incredible staff have committed to this vision from the moment they chose to be a part of the Pittsburgh City United
FC family. We still have our obstacles, this is the reality of exceeding our highest expectations before we ever kicked a soccer ball. It is an incredible story to be a part of, which is why I believe the next step in our organization is to begin the process with the crowdfunding site Wefunder to explore providing the opportunity for our fellow Pittsburgh sports fans to own a sports franchise in the city of Pittsburgh. The story of this team and the impact we continue to make is a story we feel then fans of this great city deserve to be a part of. Thank you for providing the opportunity to continue to earn your trust. at the moment we’re receiving reservations on the campaign and not actually selling investments or shares of the company, this is the process and we have to respect it.”

Pittsburgh City United FC is the first U.S. soccer team to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association in an effort to promote a new approach to raising charitable funds and awareness in the world of football.

PCUFC’s inaugural season kicks off August 21 with a road match.  For a complete schedule, visit the club’s webpage with schedule.

The team has been training in Monroeville area and while it hasn’t been confirmed, they’re also looking to play most home games in the same area

The team has agreed to donate 50% of all profits from ticket sales and merchandise to the Alzheimer’s Association as well as commit a minimum of four hours of community service per player, coach, and executive staff member each Fall and Spring Season. The team will also require all players to wear protective headgear for their games, which Full90 has agreed to provide in an effort to spread awareness of the need for stronger safety measures when it comes to head trauma in soccer.

Here’s a link to the club’s WeFunder page.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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