Ballard FC, founded by two locals, kicks off inaugural USL League 2 season

SEATTLE — Saturday marked the first match of Seattle’s newest men’s semi-professional soccer team, Ballard FC. The franchise hopes to make an impact on and off the pitch during their inaugural season, and for seasons to come.

“It’s not just a couple of us at Ballard FC, it’s businesses, non-profits and fans rallying together to make this truly special,” said Sam Zisette, co-founder of Ballard FC.

Zisette is one of the founders of this grass-roots club, that came to be in just the past year. His love for soccer and Ballard runs deep, having graduated from Ballard High School back in 2012.

“I was on this pitch playing for Ballard High

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