Metuchen, NJ — After a successful inaugural season in UWS League Two (UWS2), Coppermine United is moving to the first division of the national pro-am league. Coppermine finished their 2021 debut as champions of the Mid-Atlantic South Conference in UWS League Two. Next season, they will field a First Team to compete in UWS and a Reserve Team to compete in UWS2 as an extension of their elite girls youth program.
“We are extremely excited for this next chapter of Coppermine United,” said Coppermine President, Alex Jacobs. “Their inaugural season was incredible and a testament to the unrivaled passion, dedication, and talent of our roster and coaching staff. The new opportunities that Coppermine United has created for our youth players, the community it has built, and the continued growth of the sport here in Baltimore, made our transition to UWS-1 an obvious choice for year two. We cannot wait to showcase Coppermine on a national stage while continuing to grow opportunities right here in Maryland.”
“One of the goals of UWS League Two is to promote to League One, the teams that excel on and off the pitch,” said League Commissioner Joseph Ferrara. “Coppermine United proved to be a strong organization and one that we look forward to working with at United Women’s Soccer in the years to come.”
“After a successful first season in UWS2, Coppermine United is elated to move to the Top Tier,” said Coach Val Teixeira. “Our entire Club, from the players and staff to coaches and fans, are exuberant for this move to bring the best level of Women’s pro-am to Baltimore, MD. The opportunity to play in the top tier of UWS gives our players the dream to compete for a National Championship; we look forward to playing teams from all over the country. We want to continue to grow the professional soccer environment in Baltimore, and with the support from our community, our great fans, and amazing sponsors, we can certainly make it happen. We look forward to starting the recruiting process and adding quality players to our existing team, and that process starts now.”
Coppermine is Maryland’s largest and most prestigious destination for youth sports, active-lifestyle adults, and families. Their twelve Baltimore facilities (and growing) house a myriad of year-round and unparalleled social, athletic, and fitness programming. The organization serves over 25,000 families with their youth and adult classes, clinics, camps, leagues and tournaments, and nationally competitive club teams.
Coppermine Soccer Club has over one thousand active youth players (boys and girls) across the state of Maryland ranging from 5 to 18 years old. Their youth program has won numerous state, regional, and national titles, with the most recent coming in 2019 when their 01 Girls secured the USYS National Championship.
Several alumnae from the girl’s program as well as current members of Coppermine United’s roster, are active and former professional players in Europe, the USA, and on their respective national team (Puerto Rico, Peru, Philippines, and Bermuda). Others are head coaches at local private high schools, youth club teams, and universities in the region. All are great ambassadors and role models for Coppermine and the community at large.
Coppermine United will continue to play their home games at Coppermine Norris Field (5602 Cottonworth Avenue Baltimore, MD 21209).
Coppermine United will be featured on UWS Weekly – the league’s official live show. Tune in this Monday, November 22 at 7:30pm ET, as host Jonathan Ward sits down with the club to discuss plans for their women’s teams. You can catch the show on YouTube, Twitch, and Twitter.