METUCHEN, NJ – United Women’s Soccer (UWS) has added two more teams to the 2020 League Two lineup. Michigan Legends FC has rebranded as Legends FC Pro Am and will join the new Midwest Conference, alongside the Detroit Sun Reserves, Livonia City FC, North Oakland SC and Rebels FC. In the Southeast Conference, SportsParadize Soccer Academy will serve as the fourth member team and compete against Unity F.C., Orlando FC Royals and Puerto Rico Pride FC.
Michigan Legends FC is one of the inaugural teams of the UWS Midwest and played for three seasons at the UWS level, qualifying for the conference playoffs in 2017. The organization has now rebranded as Legends FC Pro Am and joins League Two as the fifth team. Legends FC is based out of the Legacy Center Sports Complex in Brighton, MI. They offer year-round training with two 11v11 indoor fields which complement seven of the best full size outdoor fields in the Midwest. For more information, follow them on Twitter and go to their official website by clicking HERE.
“Our organization joined the UWS Midwest Conference in year one because we believed in the league ethos to develop players, promote the game, and expand opportunity,” said Legends FC General Manager Kevin Oakley. “To that end, we are excited to be fielding a team in UWS League Two this summer, made up entirely of current and former Legends FC alumnae and college soccer players.
“The Legends ladies will have a strong connection to the community as the group is truly homegrown. Our new direction has purpose and will develop the culture of soccer in this market. We’re thankful to the UWS for providing this platform. Its the best and most forward-thinking pro-am league in the country.”
UWS announced the formation of League Two early in February and the first conference added to the 2020 lineup was the Southeast Conference. SportsParadize Soccer Academy is based out of Orlando, FL and was formed in 2006. It operates youth programs for players age 4-19, along with amateur men’s and women’s programs. SportsParadize currently fields a men’s team in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL). In addition, the club hosts tournaments throughout the year including state level competitions and national events. For more information, follow them on Twitter and go to their official website by clicking HERE.
“SportsParadize Soccer Academy is excited to be joining the newly formed UWS League Two Southeast Conference,” said Executive Director Malcolm Alexis, who also lauded the work of UWS Commissioner Joseph Ferrara, Jr. and Executive Director Stephanie Cleaves. “We feel that the overall concept and structure of the league is a great fit for our women’s team, and will provide all our players with quality competition to help them develop and realize their full potential.
“Our passion for helping our players grow and develop both on and off the field weighs into every decision we make regarding our programs. We know this new partnership with United Women’s Soccer will continue to foster the growth and development that we strive for. We are looking forward to a great season and future.”