METUCHEN, NJ – United Women’s Soccer (UWS) has announced the initial lineup of teams who will compete in the UWS League Two Southwest Conference. This comes on the heels of the formation of the League Two Midwest Conference with more exciting expansion news coming out soon. The CTX Hornets, FC Austin Elite U-20 & U-23, San Antonio Athenians U-23 and San Antonio Surf SC 2 will take the pitch this summer in the League Two Southwest Conference.
The CTX Hornets are a project of the Central Texas Lobos soccer club. The Lobos began operations in 2016 and serve the Kyle/Buda/South Austin vicinity. The club has been a part of the Austin soccer community under a different club name since 1996. After moving back to the Central Texas area in 2003 from non-profit work in Seattle, WA, club founder and president David Walding developed a long-term vision for the club focused on opportunities for all players regardless of economic resources.
“I am very excited to be the first head coach of the new expansion team in UWS League Two,” said Head Coach Scott Moore. Moore will be assisted by Carlos Medina and Fernando Morales. “I know that it will be a tough and grueling battle to build a team that will promote to the highest division of UWS and beyond but I know that our coaching staff and General Manager are willing to outwork anyone to get there.
“I am very thankful for all of those involved in creating UWS League Two. The boldness of starting a promotion/relegation league in the women’s game is exactly what is needed at this time to catapult the interest of the players, youth club involvement, fans, sponsors and to bridge the gap between high school soccer and the next level.”
The CTX Hornets have adopted the Watford FC of the English Premier League colors and motto through their partnership with Global Image Sports. Find out more about CTX Hornets by visiting centexlobos.com/ctx-hornets. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
FC Austin Elite will field their official reserve team (Elite U-23) alongside their high school/Summer Academy team (Elite U-20) this summer in the League Two Southwest Conference. FC Austin Elite started play in 2015. After two seasons in the WPSL, the team has competed in UWS the past two seasons and have finished in second-place in the pro-am Southwest both campaigns. With the revamped conference taking the pitch in 2020, FC Austin are looking forward to joining the league’s Elite at the UWS National Championship this summer.
“We are excited to have a place to enter our reserve team and be able to start our new U-20 team in UWS League Two,” said FC Austin General Manager Danny Woodfill. “I truly believe this will become the building block for women’s soccer in Texas and across the country. Low cost, easy access to the league and with the potential for teams to grow into full national league teams over time is the quintessential step in growing the women’s game and I am excited to the UWS step up and provide it.”
The San Antonio Athenians will also field their official reserve team (SA Athenians U-23) in the League Two Southwest Conference. The Athenians were founded in 2016 and represent the greater San Antonio area with home games and international friendlies played at the Cibolo Multi-Event Center in Cibolo, TX. After a stint in the WPSL, San Antonio joined UWS for the 2019 season. The senior team will play an exhibition against the Houston Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) on April 11th (3:00 PM kickoff) at the Houston Sports Park.
“Adding a reserve team is a step in the right direction for the growth of individual clubs and UWS,” said Athenians Owner & President Peter Veras. “The reserve team broadens the talent pool and allows more opportunities for players to develop their skills, learn from our great coaching staff and showcase their talent.”
The San Antonio Surf SC 2 will be the fifth team to join the League Two Southwest Conference this upcoming season. Formerly known as Alamo City SC, the organization rebranded after joining Surf Cup Sports last year. San Antonio Surf SC is a club based in San Antonio, TX that operates youth programming for players age 4-19, along with amateur men’s and women’s programs. In addition, they hold and host tournaments throughout the year, including state level competitions and national events.
“San Antonio Surf SC 2 is excited to be joining the newly formed UWS League Two Conference,” stated Executive Director Rick Kuchka. “We feel that the overall concept and structure of the league is a great fit for our women’s reserve team, and will provide our players with quality competition to help them develop. UWS Executive Director Stephanie Cleaves and the expansion efforts made by the league, have things well organized and set up for future growth. This is one of the reasons we ultimately felt like the move to UWS would be a good one.”
“Our passion for helping our players grow and develop both on and off the field weighs into every decision we make regarding our programs. We feel this new partnership with United Women’s Soccer will continue to foster the growth and development that we strive for. We are looking forward to a great season and future.”