METUCHEN, NJ — United Women’s Soccer has announced the addition of FC Berlin to the East Conference’s Penn-NY Division ahead of the 2022 season. FC Berlin replaces AC Syracuse Pulse, which will not participate in the 2022 UWS campaign due to unforeseen circumstances.
“We are excited to welcome FC Berlin into UWS,” said League Commissioner Joe Ferrara. “Multiple conversations with the ownership group conveyed a passion for women’s soccer and commitment to professionalism.”
“We are excited, we are focused, we are ready,” head coach Santiago Almada said. “It’s been a long time coming that our women’s program gets the recognition it deserves. We look forward to an exciting next chapter and competing for the divisional title this year. Forever underestimated, always overachieving.”
Following the mission statement “Believe and Achieve,” FC Berlin was founded in 2020 as a United Premier Soccer League side and expanded its women’s program in 2021. Based in Buffalo, New York, FC Berlin has a partnership with the Canadian club Berlin Football Academy, though operates independently. FC Berlin seeks to provide a high-performance experience and strives to develop long-term professionals who can forge successful careers at every level.
“As a club that has always focused heavily on player development, exposure and pushing boundaries, we couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity,” head strength and conditioning coach/athletic trainer Sabrina Delic said. “UWS will really give our ladies a chance to show just how hungry they are for competition. We are ready to take things to the next level.”
The club plays its home games at Buffalo State University’s Coyer Field, and offers an international reach with supporters groups in Canada, Argentina and the United States.
FC Berlin places club culture in high regard, thriving on a gameday atmosphere created by its two supporters sections: Berlin Bad Boys and Hell’s Kitchen Supporters Trust.
When it takes the pitch as a UWS member for the first time in 2022, FC Berlin will field a roster featuring ex-pros, NCAA athletes and under-19 players.
“We are really excited to be joining the UWS,” assistant coach Ryan Neceski said. “The quality and professionalism on and off the field is important to our club, and bringing the highest level of play available to our players is our highest priority. We have a good group of ladies ready to work and make an impact on this league right away.”