METUCHEN, NJ - United Women's Soccer (UWS) has announced the formation of the Midwest Conference for UWS League Two. Four teams from the state of Michigan will compete for the Summer 2020 season: Detroit Sun Reserves, Livonia City FC, North Oakland SC and Rebels FC. The conference lineup boasts well-established teams as well as the official reserve side for Detroit Sun FC. Stay tuned as additional Midwest teams will be announced soon.
Detroit Sun FC was founded in 2016 and is based in Detroit, Michigan. The women’s soccer club consists of a competitive first team and reserve squad. The Detroit Sun Reserves won the 2019 Michigan Soccer Association (MSA) State Cup Championship & the Michigan Premier Soccer League (MPSL) Title.
"This is an amazing addition to a strong Midwest Conference,” said Detroit General Manager Skipper Mukhtar. “We have an amazing rivalry between Livonia City, Rebels FC, NOSC and us in our state league that we are excited to bring to UWS-2. This will be some great soccer in the Midwest.”
Livonia City FC was founded in 2015 and is based in Livonia, Michigan. In their second year of existence, LCFC added a women’s program that competed in the Great Lakes Women’s league (open division and 30+ division). They are part of the MPSL women’s division where they will keep their reserve side and field a competitive team in UWS League Two.
"We are very excited to join UWS and want to thank the league for accepting us into the inaugural League 2 season,” said President of Livonia City FC Craig Beebe. “Our club continues to grow but always remembers how it started as a grassroots effort to allow more opportunity to play soccer in the city. Our UWS-2 side will play its home matches within the city limits of Livonia and is still discussing with several venues for what fits the needs of the club and will allow us to continue to grow and prosper.”
Livonia City FC is holding an open tryout this Sunday, February 23rd from 9-11 PM at Total Sports Wixom. Find out more about Livonia City FC by visiting LivoniaCityFC.com. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
North Oakland Soccer Company (NOSC) was established in 1987 and is based in Rochester, Michigan. The club has a rich history on their youth side and formed the women’s team in 2017. The team won the 2018 MPSL Championship and the Michigan State Cup Championship.
“I’m excited to take NOSC to the next level of competition. Joining UWS League 2 is a honor for a club. We are proud of the hard work and growth of everyone involved,” said Head Coach Doug Steinard.
Rebels FC was founded in 2016 and is based in Macomb County, Michigan. Their men’s team competes in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) and the MPSL. Their women’s team is part of the MPSL & now the newly formed UWS League Two. The competitive Rebels FC women’s team won the 2019 MPSL League Cup.
“I started Rebels FC because I had players who wanted to get experience playing at the next level, try to get noticed for possible scholarships,” said said Owner/Coach Robert Brinkman. “We have had four players receive scholarships. We are made up of high school, club, college and former college players. We’re excited to be a part of something new in the midwest, to showcase the talent of the women from the state of Michigan.”
METUCHEN, NJ - United Women’s Soccer (UWS) is excited to announce the addition of MSC Peoria to the Midwest Conference for the 2020 season. The team will round out the conference lineup of teams as the second expansion organization from the state of Illinois. Last week, UWS announced the addition of Ladies Steel City F.C. who are based out of Joliet, IL. Stay tuned as the national pro-am league will announce the full UWS Midwest slate of games in the coming days.
Located in East Peoria, IL, the team was previously named Midwest Soccer Club as part of the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL). Home games will be played in the stadium at Eastside Centre: a premier athletic facility in East Peoria with an attendance capacity of 4,000. It also serves as the home field for East Peoria Community High School.
“We are very excited to join UWS and be able to play high level competition,” said club owner Sean Smith. “We started the Midwest Soccer Club a year ago to give girls in Downstate Illinois an opportunity to showcase their talent and to get to the next level.”
“Fate was on both of our sides when Sean Smith inquired about joining UWS,” said UWS Commissioner Joe Ferrara, Jr. “The organization had already completed the process of a business plan and application to join another league when we had just recently announced expansion into Illinois. This allowed us to streamline the vetting process and add the team into the 2020 calendar in short order as they hit on all the key elements that we look for in an expansion team.”
The coaching staff has thirty years of combined experience. The inaugural Head Coach of MSC Peoria will be Son Phan and he will be assisted by Malorie Fehl. Fehl currently serves as the assistant coach at her alma mater - Illinois Central College. Smith will serve as the team’s strength & conditioning coach. The newest member of the UWS Midwest will be holding tryouts on Saturday, March 14 from 10 AM - 1 PM at the Eastside Sports Complex (1 Eastside Drive, East Peoria, IL 61611).