METUCHEN, NJ – LESC Internazionale and the West-Mont United Shamrocks will join UWS League Two ahead of the 2021 season, becoming the newest members of the league. Both clubs will play in the Mid-Atlantic Conference.
The LESC Internazionale side that enters UWS League Two will be composed of professionals who have applied their craft in Europe, as well as former and current college players. The club will also hold tryouts during the weekend of May 15th in Montgomery County, Maryland. Interested players should register for tryouts at the following link.
“UWS presents an amazing opportunity for our talented women to play and grow the beautiful game in our community,” Club President Luciano Emilio said. “We are very excited to partake in the growth of women’s professional soccer in the area and are grateful that the Youth Academy will have a team they can watch and learn from this summer.”
Originally known as the youth soccer programs LESA and LESC, LESC Internazionale was founded on September 1, 2013, by the aforementioned Emilio, an 18-year professional and MLS Golden Boot winner, who ended his career at DC United. LESC Internazionale has long offered affordable and inclusive youth programming to the Greater Washington Area. In 2021, LESC Internazionale transitioned to the Youth Academy style for boys and girls ages 5-18, and has launched a Women’s First Team and Reserve Team. For more information on LESC International, visit their official Website. You can also follow them on Instagram and Facebook.
West-Mont United Soccer Association’s vision is to be a leading soccer organization in Southeast PA for player development and competitive play at all ages and abilities.
The club’s College Prep Director, Steve Small, said West-Mont United Soccer Association is “excited for the opportunity” to join UWS League Two.
“This allows us to offer players who have come through our program who have moved on to the college ranks an opportunity to return and continue to play together at a high level, while representing West-Mont United,” College Prep Director Steve Small said. “Joining this platform gives our younger girls a goal to play for this team in the future and gives them players to look up to!”
“I am really excited for the chance to provide our area’s college players with some high-level competition this summer,” Head Coach Tim Raub added. “After spending the last few seasons coaching in the [Women’s Premier Soccer League], I look forward to the opportunity to coach a team in such a talented, successful league as UWS2. I really like the makeup of the side we have put together and believe that the Shamrocks will be able to field a nice, competitive team this season.”
Founded in 1976, West-Mont United Soccer Association (WMUSA) is one of the oldest organized youth soccer programs in the American Northeast. The program was started as Valley Soccer Association (VSA) and was hosted at Perkiomen Valley High School with just two co-ed teams. Over the years, the program grew. By the early 1990’s, player enrollment reached 1,000. In 2001, through the goodwill of the Gottshall family, HillTop Farm on Royersford Road in Limerick was purchased. Along with the purchase, the name was changed to West-Mont United Soccer Association (WMUSA), which better reflects the geographic location of the areas WMUSA serves. By 2003, player enrollment reached its present day membership of 2,500. For more information on the West-Mont United Shamrocks, visit their official Website. You can also follow them on Instagram and Facebook.