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Lancaster Enters Agreement With Rush Soccer

05/11/2018, 9:15am EDT
By Admin

UWS East team will rebrand as Inferno Rush in 2018

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: steph@infernorush.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.

United Women's Soccer - April Update

04/13/2018, 4:30pm EDT
By Admin

UWS featured in the press; teams announce more signings

CALGARY FOOTHILLS WFC... Calgary Head Coach Troye Flannery has continued to build his roster and has released eight more signings via social media in anticipation of the upcoming 2018 season: goalkeeper Sarah Dilling; defenders Grace Stordy and Talia White; midfielders Sydney Gummerson, Yvonne Northover, Amanda Pak and Sienna Prince-McPherson; and forward Joelle Gosselin. Dilling, Pak and Gosselin are veterans of the 2017 side that captured second place in the UWS West. Dilling was a 2015 WPSL All Star for FC Tucson. Gosselin led the team in scoring last season and was named to the All-UWS West Conference Team. Northover was the captain of the 2015 Foothills WFC side and played for the Santa Clarita Blue Heat in 2010.

LA GALAXY OC STAR CALLED UP TO MEXICO WNT... Former University of Colorado defender and recent LA Galaxy OC Women signing Joss Orejel was called up to the Mexico Women's National Team for their recent friendlies vs. the United States. It was her first call-up to the full national team after being a part of Mexico's youth national program. Orejel completed her senior season in Boulder last fall and in her four years with the Buffs, she started 57 matches as a left-outside back and finished her career ranked fifth all-time in assists - the most ever for a defender. Joss was also a 2017 United Soccer Coaches All-West Region Second Team selection. CU did a feature on their former standout and you can read it HERE.

LANCASTER INFERNO... Lancaster Head Coach Francisco Cleaves recently announced five more signings via social media to his 2018 roster: midfielders Megan Carroll, Taylor Folk, Traci Mohl, Haley Peachey and Teresa Rook (formerly Rynier). Carroll was part of the Washington Spirit Reserves in 2017 & played for Hershey FC of the WPSL in 2015 & 2016. Folk was a four-year starter at York College. Mohl returns for her third season in a Inferno uniform and played in all 10 games for Lancaster in 2017. Peachey played in 16 games as a freshman at Millersville University. Rook has returned to the Inferno after playing in the 2016 season. The former James Madison University star has played professionally in three countries: Ottawa Fury (2011 & 2014), Kvarnsvedens IK – Sweden (2012), FH Hafnafjördur – Iceland (2013).

MICHIGAN LEGENDS FC... MLFC recently agreed to terms with Saimir Rada to take the position of Head Coach for the 2018 season. In 2017, Rada guided Legends FC to a 4-3-3 record and an appearance to the UWS Midwest Semifinals. The Albanian native holds a UEFA 'A' license and has experience at the Club, High School, College, Olympic Development and Semi-Professional levels. Rada has announced his first 11 signings of the 2018 season via social media: goalkeeper Izzy Nino; defenders Avery Hay, Katrina Koomen, Sarah Mitchell and Abby Willerer; midfielders Claire Cahalan, Nikhita Jacob and Sheila Magnan; and forwards Alia Frederick, Gracie Krygier and Megan Trapp. Hay, Koomen and Trapp are veterans of the 2017 side that rode a late season run to qualify for the Midwest playoffs. Hay was the 2016 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year for DePaul University. Trapp returns as team captain.

SMILES FEATURED IN WORCESTER MAGAZINE... the Worcester Smiles announced in January that they would take part in the 2018 UWS season in the East Conference, and interest has been slowly building in the first-year team. After being featured in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette in February, the Smiles extended into a wider grin after taking part in a feature in Worcester Magazine regarding the sports renaissance in the once thriving Central Massachusetts city. The manufacturing hub has rebranded and rebuilt itself in recent years and has witnessed an influx of sports teams in a city with a long sports tradition. The Smiles open their 2018 season on Saturday, May 12 when they host the New York Surf at Foley Stadium. For the full feature written by Walter Bird, Jr., click HERE.

UWS IN THE WOSO ZONE... UWS Commissioner Joe Ferrara, Jr. sat down recently with JJ Duke and the folks at Women's Soccer Zone - a media outlet dedicated to women's soccer since 2009 - for a long form story on the development of the national pro-am league. Ferrara has been involved within the game for decades and has seen many ups and downs at the lower levels during his years working in Women's Soccer. Additionally to him being the Commissioner of the league, he is also the President and General Manager of the New England Mutiny, one of the founding teams of UWS and has been in existence since 1999. But in the two short years of running the league, his expectations have been surpassed greatly. For the full story, click HERE.

About United Women's Soccer (UWS): UWS is a national women's soccer league sanctioned by U.S. Soccer through the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). 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.

United Women's Soccer - March Roundup

03/29/2018, 4:45pm EDT
By Admin

UWS teams begin to build rosters & staff for the 2018 season

CALGARY FOOTHILLS WFC... Calgary Head Coach Troye Flannery has been busy building his roster during the month of March, as he heads into his second year in charge. Flannery's team finished in second place last season in their inaugural season at the pro-am level and his first nine signings are: goalkeeper Emily Burns, defender Tristan Corneil, midfielders Tori Martyn, Sarah Kinzner & Rehana Murani and forwards Camilla Shymka, Mya Jones, Alex Lamontagne & Christabel Oduro. Burns, Kinzner and Jones are returnees from the 2017 team. Burns was named to the All-UWS Second Team, All-UWS West First Team and was voted Calgary's Fan Player of the Year. Kinzner also made the All-UWS West Team and both she and Jones have experience in the youth ranks of the Canadian National Team. Lamontagne (Syracuse Univ.) and Oduro (Memphis Univ.) have been capped at the senior international level.

DETROIT SUN FC... Detroit Head Coach Skip Mukhtar has been a busy man since the start of the year, building the Sun into another contender for the UWS Midwest title. He has almost completed his roster for the 2018 campaign, adding 10 players: goalkeeper Katelyn McEachern (Univ. of Pittsburgh), defenders Emily Dzik (Eastern Michigan Univ.) & Julia Crowe (Michigan State Univ.), midfielders Elaina Eckert (Marquette Univ.) & Joanie Sieja (Oakland Univ.) and forwards Maddie Pogarch (Central Michigan Univ.), Marti Floyd (Leeds Becket Univ.), Cathy Dager (Villanova Univ.) & Alice Palmer (Oakland Univ.). Pogarch was a member of the 2017 Grand Rapids FC Women side that won the 2017 UWS Championship and is a three-time ALL-MAC honoree. Dzik was a three-time All-MAC First Team selection and was named the 2013 Co-Defensive Player of Year. Both Palmer and Sieja were honored as Horizon League First Team selections while at Oakland.

LANCASTER INFERNO... Lancaster Head Coach Francisco Cleaves has added a mix of veteran leadership and young up-and-comers to his 2018 roster. The Inferno will be led by team captains Tesa McKibben (Saint Francis Univ.) and Trisha Clark (Elizabethtown College). Both were named to the 2017 All-UWS East Second Team. They lead seven more returnees: goalkeeper Kelly O'Brien (Lafayette), defenders Ashley Chilcoat (La Salle Univ.), Aubrey Suydam (SFU) & Alex Thompson (St. Bonaventure Univ.), midfielders Maddie Schwartz (McDaniel) & Sam Jankowski (SFU) and forward Haley Crawford (James Madison Univ.). Crawford finished third in league scoring in 2017 and was named to the All-UWS Second Team and All-UWS East First Team. New signings include: defenders Meredith Hill (LIU Brooklyn) and Alyssa Riccione (Bryant Univ.), midfielders Kay Liebl (Millersville Univ.) & Maura Holst (Fordham Univ.) and forward Marissa DiGenova (Temple Univ.).

LANSING UNITED... Lansing Head Coach Jason Crist has released his team's first-ever signings for their inaugural UWS Midwest season, led by midfielder Dani Stephan (Michigan State Univ.). Stephan just finished her freshman season at MSU and started all 18 matches last year, playing 1358 minutes and adding a team-high six assists. She will be joined by goalkeeper Grace Kraft (Ferris State Univ.), midfielders Brionna Halverson (St. Louis Univ.) & Erin Doster (Univ. of Massachusetts) and forward Aubrey Schierbeek (Spring Arbor Univ.). Kraft was named to the 2017 United Soccer Coaches (USC) NCAA Division II All-Midwest Region Third Team and nabbed GLIAC Goalkeeper Of The Year honors. Halverson has experience at the U.S. U-17 National Team level and Doster started 17 of 18 matches at UMass last fall, leading the team in goals (7) and points (16). Schierbeek is a three-time NAIA First Team All American at SAU and was named the 2017 NAIA National Tournament Offensive MVP.

WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH... Western New York Head Coach Matt Waddington has rounded out his coaching staff and announced 23 players to his roster for the 2018 UWS East season. Rob Ferguson and Gary Bruce will serve as Assistant Coaches while Marcelo Moreira will return as the team's Goalkeeper Coach. Ferguson has served as the WNY Flash Academy Director of Coaching since 2016 and Bruce is currently the Director of Coaching of the Western New York Flash Jr. Academy. Moreira previously served as the Goalkeeper Coach for the Western New York during their 2016 NWSL Championship. Waddington is still in the process of building his roster, as the final lineup will have 30 players. Highlighting the initial announcement is forward Carissima Cutrona, who was named to the 2017 All-UWS First Team and led the team in scoring (26 points). Click HERE for the full signings release.

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.