Metuchen, NJ — United Women’s Soccer is excited to expand their footprint in the Golden State, by bringing a team to the Los Angeles area. Los Angeles Soccer Club (LASC) joins the West Conference which includes two of the highest level Canadian teams, Calgary Foothills WFC and St. Albert Impact FC, along with Kongo SC (Utah) and reigning National Champions, Santa Clarita Blue Heat (California).
“We are excited with the addition of Los Angeles Soccer Club to the West conference,” said League Commissioner Joseph Ferrara Jr. “The organization checks all the boxes when it comes to competition and standards of operation. LASC joins the most competitive conference in UWS and will play alongside not only great organizations in the West but also some of the best people in our sport.”
“We are excited and appreciative that the UWS has included Los Angeles Soccer Club in the league,” said Head Coach Esteban Chavez. “It is imperative that our young girls have something special to aspire to and for them to be able to see and experience firsthand within their own club. I am personally looking forward to working with these talented young women with the idea of helping them mold into better people, soccer players, leaders of the community, and elite role models for the next generation of players.”
Los Angeles Soccer Club was founded in 1951 by 6 sports enthusiasts of German descent to support all sporting activities in the city, but especially to grow the game of soccer (football) in the US. The original name of the club was the L.A. Kickers; which paid homage to the Stuttgart Kickers in Germany. Fast forward to 2020, the organization launched the Los Angeles Soccer Club youth program. Over 60 boys and girls teams of all ages span across Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley, with hubs in Downtown LA, Pasadena, Covina, and Pomona. Although 2020 brought incredible challenges the club experienced growth and success, including their U19 girls team finishing as National Semi-Finalists. Moving into 2022 and beyond, the club will be providing a women’s team for their alumnae & surrounding players to compete at the national pro-am level.
“Working with young female athletes drives you to want to inspire them — to help them dream big and believe anything is possible with hard work and dedication,” said General Manager Heather Fraschetti. “UWS provides a platform for those inspired enough to chase that dream. It is an honor for us at LASC to join UWS and help pave the way for future female athletes. I not only look forward to our participation in the league but also to being able to instill tangible dreams enabling them to reach the highest level.”
“As a club, we are passionate about offering every opportunity we can for our players to grow and succeed,” said LASC Executive Director Brian Waltrip. “That is why we are so proud to be a part of UWS and to be able to offer these young women another stepping stone to reach their goals and dreams. We cannot wait for the players to get out on the field. Not only for this coming season but also to inspire our next generation of young athletes.”
Los Angeles Soccer Club will be featured next Wednesday, December 8th on UWS Weekly – the league’s official live show. Tune in at 5:30pm PT, as host Jonathan Ward sits down with the league’s newest member team. You can catch the show on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.