METUCHEN, NJ – Arkansas Wolves and Midwest Panthers are the newest members of UWS League Two, and both clubs will begin play in newly formed conferences. Arkansas Wolves, based in Little Rock, will play in the Central Conference, while Midwest Panthers, based in Saint Charles, Illinois, are set to join the Midwest Conference.
More news related to expansion in UWS League Two is expected soon.
Arkansas Wolves — the first UWS2 side in the state — aim to contribute to the growth of soccer in Arkansas by providing affordable and high-level opportunities to play and train. The club also aims to develop the next generation of leaders through physical training, mentorship, and mental development. The club’s inaugural UWS2 team will include players from all over Arkansas, as well as international players. The assigned coaching staff includes Alex Burgess, Thabo Masoga, Steven Laster, and Zac Moore.
In addition to the women’s team, the club fields a men’s first team in the National Premier Soccer League, and a men’s under-23 side in the USPL’s Division I. Arkansas Wolves also maintain a Players Development Academy, intending to model the developmental paths of successful clubs around the world.
Arkansas Wolves will become the fourth team in the Central Conference, joining FC Wichita II, Side FC 92 II, and fellow expansion club FC Topeka Wings.
“We want to give our girls in Arkansas the opportunity to play at a high level, and put us on the map,” President and General Manager Sean Paul Jones said. “There is so much talent here, and they deserve this opportunity. I think the partnership with UWS is the path we needed to take to accomplish this mission. We believe our girls have what it takes to win it all, and earn the support of the state.”
The roster Midwest Panthers will take into their first season in UWS2 will be composed of players with experience in nations like Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia. Most players come from the college level, but some are high school athletes, who have impressed with their quality and commitment, and can grow from the opportunity to play alongside more experienced players.
The club aims to develop high-performance soccer players by competing in a highly competitive environment. The club believes that this approach helps its players achieve their professional goals and become agents of change in their communities.
Midwest Panthers will be coached by Oscar Carreon, who offers many years of coaching experience in Mexico and was an assistant coach for the Dominican Republic during the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers earlier this year.
The Midwest Panthers will join the new Midwest Conference, alongside Chicago Mustangs II and Ladies Steel FC II. The Illinois-based home venue for the Midwest Panthers will be announced soon. Follow the club on Facebook and Instagram for more information.