The United Women’s Soccer league announced plans to add four Midwest-based teams for its second season in the summer 2017 season, according to a press release.
Detroit Sun FC, FC Indiana, Fort Wayne United FC and Grand Rapids FC will join the 11-team league next summer. According to the release, league management is still looking to add one to two more teams to form a Midwest Conference. There are already existing East and West conferences.
United Women’s Soccer is a national women’s soccer league sanctioned by U.S. Soccer through the United States Adult Soccer Association, with the season running from May until the end of July.
Detroit Sun F.C. will host its home games at Ultimate Soccer Arenas, based in Pontiac, MI, just outside of Detroit.
“The Detroit Sun franchise is excited to be part of the league’s expansion plans,”Detroit Sun President Steve Hawthorne said in the release. “We are especially looking forward to being part of Detroit’s growing community based effort to further the women’s game. Our roster will sport some great talent and we promise to play a very exciting brand of soccer.”
Meanwhile, FC Indiana will look to build off of its success at the Division 2 level, where it won two WPSL and U.S. Open Cup titles.
“FC Indiana is excited to partner with the United Women’s Soccer league and continue to grow the game at all levels,” FC Indiana Director of Development Justin Crew said in the release. “For our club, the development of youth players is of prime importance. Now, with the ability to provide another path for player development, this represents an incredible step forward in our commitment to youth and developing the next generation of professional and national team players.”
Fort Wayne United FC was created in 2013 via the merger of the Fort Wayne Fever and Citadel Futbol Club.
“We are excited to bring back high level women’s soccer back to the Fort Wayne area and to provide a top tier of our development pyramid,” Poursanidis said in the release. “There is a strong group of local players that are now older and they will form the core of the team. The structure is in place for us to succeed and we look forward to playing these great organizations.”
Grand Rapids FC was formed in 2014 and won the 2016 NPSL Great Lakes West Conference title.
“We are very excited to start a women’s side during the 2017 season,” said Grand Rapids F.C. President Matt Roberts. “One of our objectives is to continue to grow the game at the grassroots level and starting a women’s team will allow young female players in West Michigan the opportunity to watch, interact with, and learn from top college and post-college players.”