Michael Muncy learned “the beautiful game” from his grandfather, a native of Hungary.

“I remember as a little kid going to my grandfather’s and the World Cup matches would be on ABC’s Wide World of Sports and he’d have huge parties. It was really neat,” says Muncy, 40, of Huber Heights.

Although he gave up playing the game after a foot injury in junior high, he remains a huge soccer fan as a founder and president of the Dayton Chapter of the American Outlaws, a national group that considers themselves “outliers,” or outlaws, for supporting U.S. soccer, a game that hasn’t had the traditional fan support of baseball, football or NASCAR.

But soccer is increasingly going mainstream and attendance is growing for both Major League Soccer and in soccer’s minor leagues where this summer Dayton will be home to not one, but two teams.

The Dayton Dynamo, a new team with a familiar name for Dayton soccer fans, made its home debut May 1 at Wright State University in a friendly match against the University of Akron. It then launched its National Premier Soccer League season on the road the following week against the AFC Ann Arbor.

On May 21 the Dayton Dutch Lions men’s team, the capstone of a Dutch-model youth training academy to teach soccer basics, kicks off its sixth season at West Carrollton High School’s DOC Stadium against its Premier Development League rival Cincinnati Dutch Lions. The Dutch Lion’s women’s team, playing in the Women’s Premier Soccer League, launches its season on May 22.

The Dutch Lions are owned by an investment group that includes Mike Mossel and Erik Tammer, former Dutch soccer players and businessmen. Cincinnati financial advisor Dave Satterwhite, who played at Wilmington College, owns the Dynamo. He started the team seven years ago as a community outreach effort in Cincinnati as the Saints.

Although the teams are separately owned and compete in different leagues in the fourth-tier of American soccer, their stories are intertwined. Satterwhite moved his team to Dayton late last year after deciding the Saints couldn’t compete with the FC Cincinnati, a new United Soccer League franchise backed by the deep pockets of Cincinnati financier Carl Lindner III. FC Cincinnati’s ownership includes a minority stake by the Dutch Lions ownership, which invested its USL Pro franchise in the new team.

Satterwhite says he’s been pleasantly surprised with the response his team has gotten since moving to Dayton.

“We’re further ahead after just a few months in Dayton, than after six years in Cincinnati,” he says.

Dayton officials have applauded the new team, which will play next season in the under-construction Roger Glass Field on the Chaminade Julienne campus, another arrow in the reinvigoration of downtown Dayton.

Muncy, who says he’s talked with Satterwhite about building connections with Dayton fans, says he’s excited about the team.

“I’ve seen a lot of these teams come and go in basketball and hockey, and they don’t do a lot of things right,” he says, such as partnering with brands that Daytonians know and trust. “So far, it seems Dave is doing the right things to be around for a long, long time.”

Satterwhite quickly embraced the Dayton Dynamo name, an indoor soccer franchise until 1995 when it moved to Cincinnati. He says it wasn’t a difficult decision. “Even though the team’s been gone for two decades, fans wanted to bring the Dynamo name back,” he says. The team will wear retro Dynamo jerseys for some games.

Muncy says the Dynamo and the Dutch Lions are appealing to different audiences. The Dynamo is focused on young professionals who may live and work downtown and are looking to have a good time. Although no beer can be sold at Welcome Stadium, a shuttle will bring fans to the games from the Dayton Beer Co. taproom downtown.

Because of its focus on youth soccer development, the Dutch Lions don’t sell beer and tend to draw more families and friends of its youth academies.

But Ric Campbell, operations manager for the Dutch Lions, says the team is putting more emphasis on entertainment.

“We’re looking at marketing our games this year as more of an event,” he says. “We’re going to have a soccer appreciation night, recognizing clubs in the area people have supported. We’ll have a military appreciation night, a food truck rally evening and an Academy Awards evening to recognize youth academies.”

He says the 200 or so families in the Lions’ academy need a reason other than another soccer to come out. He says the Lions hope to attract between 800 and 1,000 fans for each of its eight home games.

Satterwhite says he’s not sure how many fans the Dynamo will draw, but he’s pleased with ticket sales so far. “We expect a good turnout,” he says, but it may take until next year in the new downtown stadium to fully develop the local fan base.

Both the Lions and the Dynamos have reached out to the Dayton Dragons baseball team, the gold standard on how to build a minor league franchise, on cross-marketing opportunities.

And Satterwhite and Campbell agree that the bottom line is they’re all competing for local entertainment dollars whether it’s for a movie, a dinner or a soccer game.

Campbell says both franchises should do well given Dayton’s rich soccer history dating back to factory teams in the early 20th century and ethnic clubs such as Englewood’s German Edelweiss team.

“The Dynamo have a different focus than us,” he says. “Our focus going to be on what we do. If we do it very, very well there’s plenty of people for all of us.’’