Since the Comets relocated here in 2013, Utica has been considered hockey town but you go back even farther, and soccer is the sport that first captured the Mohawk Valley's heart.
Soccer has been a staple of this city for years with the annual Redeemer Cup an international soccer tournament held at Proctor Park,
"Years ago we realized we have such a large population of refugees in our city and one sport that they all love is soccer," said event coordinator Pastor Mark Schilling. "So we started several years ago having a regional soccer tournament, just a way to bring our community and I'll these different nations together."
The excitement surrounding Utica's new pro indoor soccer team is high.
"I think having this team in the city is just going to bring number one, it's gonna be great for the city. It's another point of pride for the city to say look at what we have here in Utica and I think it's also going to be a way to raise the profile of soccer."
And the fans are a huge reason why.
"What you're going to find when you play here, you'll never see fans more passionate more understanding more into it then you'll find in Utica, New York and the surrounding area," said Mayor Robert Palmieri.
The Utica City Football Club will kick of its inaugural season in December.