LANCASTER, PA - The Lancaster Inferno has unveiled that the United Women's Soccer (UWS) club has inked a deal with global soccer development organization Rush Soccer. The team will begin the 2018 season in the UWS East Conference as the Inferno Rush, the official women's national pro-am team of Rush Soccer.
"Partnering with an outstanding organization that shares our values and commitment to women's soccer will help us achieve our vision and compete at the highest level," said Inferno Soccer President Francisco Cleaves. "We are proud to have been selected to become the next step for Rush Soccer's female players on their path to pro."
The club's new logo honors the heritage of Lancaster Inferno as a founding member of UWS, while also aiming to bring an exciting new brand to the Pennsylvania sports market.
"We are extremely excited about bringing Inferno Rush to Pennsylvania," says Rush Soccer President Tim Schulz. "Our goal is to develop the best youth soccer players in the world, and the announcement of a pro-am team for the women's side of the Rush Soccer organization is a tremendous step towards creating one of the best professional development pathways in the world for amateur female athletes."
Focused on player development, Rush Soccer and Inferno Rush will elevate the level of women's soccer in the region and give the new Inferno Rush a unique position within the sport, putting the pro-am women's team at the top of the largest academy system in the world.
Rush Chairman Jérôme de Bontin spoke about the importance of having a competitive academy below the professional team:
"It is difficult to imagine a professional soccer team without an academy — the academy is often referred to as the soul of the organization. Rush Soccer has 40,000 members across the world, and by instilling their faith in us, Inferno Rush will have one of the largest networks in U.S. soccer to scout from and hopefully develop into world class players for the pro-am team. Rush Soccer has been pursuing a professional women’s team for some time now, and have found it in the Inferno organization."
Millersville University's Pucillo Field will remain the team's home pitch, with their home opener vs Connecticut Fusion on June 9th at 3:00 PM EDT. Home games will be live streamed through Inferno Rush's mycujoo channel.
Inferno Rush plans to release more information about the new club in the coming weeks, including a kit reveal in mid-May, alliances with local youth clubs (Youth Club Partners), and local sponsors.
"We plan to leverage all the resources available to us from Rush Soccer to improve our player development," said Cleaves. "In addition, our partnership will provide greater benefit through exposure to our local Youth Club Partners and other sponsors. Their support, along with that of the community, have greatly contributed to our success."
For questions or interview requests, please contact Stephanie Cleaves: email@example.com. Fans can visit infernorush.com for information and announcements over the coming weeks, or keep up with the team on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @infernorushfc.
About United Women's Soccer (UWS): UWS is a national women's soccer league sanctioned by U.S. Soccer. UWS is a professionally operated league created for teams that meet high minimum standards. The season runs from May until the end of July, culminating in a National Championship match. The UWS player pool is comprised of college players, aspiring & former professionals and international stars. You can follow UWS on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Media can contact UWS Director of Communications Jorma Kansanen by e-mail at UWSPress@gmail.com. You can visit the league’s official website at UWSSoccer.com. Interested team applicants can contact League Commissioner Joe Ferrara, Jr. by e-mail at Joe@UWSSoccer.com.