Given the popularity of soccer in southern California, including on the women's side, it's been rather disappointing that women's pro soccer (or even semipro) has struggled in the region. With the first division NWSL yet to make any forays into the entire state of California, not to mention the merger of the W-League's LA Strikers and Pali Blues in 2014, which then led to the team dissolving after last season, following the LA Blues winning the W-League championship, there seems to be a void in the area.
Perhaps one new team will go some way to trying to rectify that, is a new club, SoCal FC, announced on Monday they will be joining the Women's Premier Soccer League (second division in U.S. soccer pyramid, alongside the W-League) for the upcoming 2015 season.
According to the press release from the new team, much of the founding leadership comes from the Strikers and LA Blues. The mission statement from the club is:
SoCal FC, founded in January 2015, is an amateur developmental team that will represent Southern California in the WPSL starting May 2015. SoCal FC's mission is to foster the development of future domestic and international soccer stars on and off the field while providing soccer fans in Southern California a unique opportunity to support the growth of the beautiful game.
SoCal FC will play in the South Division of the Pacific Conference against 2014 WPSL champions Beach Futbol Club, Legends FC, Tucson Women, LA Villa FC, Pateadores, Phoenix Del Sol, San Diego Sea Lions, LA Premier FC, and fellow WPSL debutants, Club Tijuana Xolos.
More details of the team, their staff and players, as well as their schedule, will emerge in the weeks and months to come.
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