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EXPANSION NEWS: Rockford Raptors Join United Women's Soccer

03/08/2024, 11:45am EST
By Jonathan Ward

United Women's Soccer (UWS) is thrilled to announce the addition of The Rockford Raptors Soccer Club to the league, under the esteemed leadership of Club Director Frank Mateus. The club, hailing from Loves Park, Illinois, joins UWS with a rich history of soccer excellence and community engagement.

"The Rockford Raptors are thrilled to join the UWS league. This is a great opportunity to give our players the ability to compete in a professional environment and develop players to play at the next level,” stated Raptors Director Frank Mateus.

Founded in 1994, the Rockford Raptors Soccer Club has been a cornerstone of the Rockford soccer community. The club's commitment to youth development is evident through its robust youth program, which aims to provide quality soccer training opportunities for Rockford's young athletes.

Home to over 2000 participants at multiple levels, The Rockford Raptors Soccer Club boasts a recreational program that embodies the values of passion, dedication, loyalty, and honor. The club's dedication to these values extends beyond the field, shaping the character of its players and enriching the community at large.

"We are excited to welcome The Rockford Raptors to UWS," said UWS Commissioner Joe Ferrara. "The club has a long and storied history in women’s soccer dating back to the mid 90s. Their commitment to excellence and community engagement aligns perfectly with the values of UWS. We look forward to seeing the club thrive in our league,” added Ferrara.

The club's home matches will be played at Mercyhealth Sportscore, a premier sports facility that has been the backdrop for many memorable soccer moments. With their entry into UWS, The Rockford Raptors are poised to showcase their talent and compete at the highest level of women's soccer.

As the Raptors embark on this new chapter in its journey, UWS invites fans and supporters to join them in celebrating this exciting milestone. For more information about the club and its programs, visit

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