The Croatian Eagles will play longtime rival RWB Adria in the first game in Great Lakes Premier League history.
The Croatian clubs will meet May 10 at the Kroc Center Chicago to kick off the first season of the GLPL, which was granted provisional affiliation by the U.S. Adult Soccer Association last week.
The Eagles and Adria are both well-established clubs, dating to 1922 and 1959, respectively, and both have been successful on the state, regional and national levels in USASA play. The other three charter members of the GLPL – AFC Ann Arbor, Oakland United FC and Grand Rapids FC – are Michigan teams that were formed last year.
League teams will eight games apiece this season, four at home and four on the road, and the GLPL champion will be determined by the final standings rather than via a playoff system.
The Croatians' home matches at Croatian Park in Franklin are scheduled for May 23 against AFC Ann Arbor, June 19 against Oakland United, June 27 against Adria and the season finale July 25 against Grand Rapids. The Eagles will continue to field teams in the Wisconsin Soccer Leagues Major and First divisions.
In addition to announcing its schedule Wednesday, the league also unveiled its logo.
Editor's note: This article has been edited from its original version to reflect information that became available after posting.