METUCHEN, NJ – Expansion has come to the East Conference of United Women’s Soccer (UWS) and UWS League Two as New Jersey Teamsters Football Club (NJTFC) will join the fray for the upcoming 2021 campaign. After success in leagues such as the Garden State Soccer League (GSSL) and United Premier Soccer League (UPSL), the men’s side will make the jump to the professional ranks and the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) in 2021 as well. Founded by Alex & Sibrena Geraldino in 2017, NJTFC made history in February 2020 as the first principal Black-owned professional soccer club in the United States of America.
The team will play out of Don Ahern Veteran’s Stadium, a 7,500-10,000 capacity in Bayonne, NJ. The Geraldino’s are also minority owners of Dublin County FC based in Dublin, Ireland. Dublin County FC’s application for a Division I team has been accepted and upon final approval of the FAI license will serve as a pathway-to-pro for all Teamsters FC players. NJTFC currently has the following developmental teams: Reserves, U23, U19 & Elite Academy. Depending on COVID regulations & pending weather, training & women’s trials will take place in February 2021 for all teams. The team motto is: “Stand Ready to Strike!”
“We are excited to add a second New Jersey team to our East Conference. With the club having been already accepted on the men’s side by NISA, they are the second club with a team in both leagues. The Geraldino’s have broken barriers as being the first black ownership group of a pro franchise and now they will provide a pathway for female players in United Women’s Soccer,” stated League Commissioner Joe Ferrara.
“Another goal has been realized for New Jersey Teamsters FC and today we are truly excited to announce joining United Women’s Soccer,” said NJ Teamsters FC CEO Sibrena Stowe-Geraldino. “With a direct pathway to pro, our women’s pro and reserve teams will compete in UWS and League Two. I am personally looking forward to working alongside the league, to push women’s soccer forward in North America.”
Alex Geraldino is the Founder & President of NJ Teamsters FC. A graduate of City University of New York at City College, Geraldino is a U.S. Federal Procurement Official & Project Manager, a registered U.S. Soccer Intermediary and a USA Boxing Official. After a brief career in NFL Europe – where Geraldino earned a championship ring for the Frankfurt Galaxy as a cornerback – Alex returned to the States and worked for the U.S. government for over 26 years. He’s the great-grandson of Antonio Geraldino, the founder of the Loteria Nacional de Republica Dominicana (National Lottery of Dominican Republic) which was developed to help the country’s poor.
Sibrena Stowe-Geraldino is an entertainment & sports industry icon who has represented numerous entertainers, athletes and high profile individuals at her boutique communications firm Stowe Communications, Inc. & La Chic Media. The amazing list of stars include: Beyonce, Rakim, Erykah Badu, Lil Wayne, Cash Money Millionaires, Solange, DJ Scratch, Tupac’s Outlawz, N.O.R.E. and many more. Sibrena is the granddaughter to Negro Leagues shortstop, Louis “LJ” Stradford, she is second cousin to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr & Sr. and is a descendant of Bilali Muhammad who wrote the “Bilali Muhammad Document” which is considered the “Mother Text” of American Islamic literature. Stowe-Geraldino is actively looking to find a cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis & Lupus, as a long-time advocate and former advisory board member at Arthritis National Research Foundation (2016-2018).