Metuchen, NJ — After a successful inaugural season in UWS League Two (UWS2), Keystone FC is being promoted to the first division of the national pro-am league. Next season, they will field a First Team to compete in UWS League One and a Reserve Team to compete in UWS2 as an extension of their premier girls youth program. Keystone FC is the third Pennsylvania based club to join League One alongside Lancaster Inferno and Pittsburgh Hotspurs.
“We are thrilled to expand our footprint in Pennsylvania and have another club be promoted to League One,” said UWS Commissioner Joe Ferrara. “Keystone FC has exhibited professional standards on and off the field and will be a great addition to the conference.”
Based in Mechanicsburg, Keystone FC is one of the fastest growing youth programs in Pennsylvania. Founded in 1980 as “Mechanicsburg Soccer Club,” the club rebranded in 2015 as “Keystone FC” under new leadership. They have grown from being the home to 284 youth players to 1,300 players that make up 70 teams. Finding success on the state, regional, and national levels, Keystone FC’s commitment to its mission has allowed the club to thrive by remaining player-centric while embracing team-first values. The development of its players has been recognized throughout the country and they have had over 50 players commit to play at the collegiate level in the last four years.
“We are excited to move our team into the top flight of the UWS,” said Sean Cochran, Executive Director & First Team Head Coach. “UWS2 was a fantastic experience for our players last year and we can’t wait to host a UWS2 and UWS team this summer. Keystone FC UWS players, coaches, and fans are eagerly anticipating this new opportunity to compete against some of the best teams and players in the country. Our players believe that they are ready to compete against the best and are looking forward to getting a chance to display their abilities on the field.”
Keystone FC’s women’s team finished the 2021 season as runners-up (5-1-2) in the Mid-Atlantic North Conference of UWS League Two. Four players earned postseason honors including Shea Collins, Halle Engle, Emily Mashinskil, and Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Lauren Costello. With the high caliber players in the club and the surrounding area, they are in a good position to add a second women’s team in the league to complete their player development pyramid.
“The expansion into the UWS allows us to complete our player development pyramid,” said Sean Cochran. “This is an important step for Keystone FC as a club as we continue to grow as a club and to develop opportunities for all of our players. It is outstanding that our players now have a pathway from the age of 4 through 22 to compete, grow and develop as players.”
“We look forward to expanding our offerings at the senior level on the women’s side with teams competing in both UWS and UWS2,” said Jeff Linnenbach, Director of Soccer & Associated Head Coach. “In year one, we were focused on providing our players the best experience possible which ranged from the training environment, to the game day experience, and the support from our local community. We’re excited to take it to the next level and provide an even better experience in year two to the players, staff, and families in Central PA.”
The home venue for Keystone FC will be announced in the coming weeks. Tryouts will be held on Thursday, December 23rd from 12-1:30pm and December 30th from 12-1:30pm at Yellow Breeches Sports Center (700 Shawnee Ct, New Cumberland, PA 17070). For more information on Keystone FC, visit their official website. Connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.