NEW YORK, NY.- The United Soccer League (USL) today announced Manhattan SC as the latest club to join the USL W League. The New York-based club, which fields a men’s pre-professional team in USL League Two, will compete in the league’s inaugural season in 2022.
“Manhattan Soccer Club is proud to announce our entry into the USL W League for it’s inaugural 2022 season,” said Ray Selvadurai, Director of Coaching for Manhattan SC. “The inclusion of our USL W League team to our development program now completes our pre-professional pathway for both men and women as we are now “all-in” with the USL platform. We look forward to our investment and commitment to growing the women’s game in New York City by offering the very best pre-professional women’s platform in the nation to our players in furtherance of our goals of increased opportunity, gender equity and career development.”
Founded in 1997, Manhattan SC has grown to be one of the largest and most competitive soccer clubs in New York City. Offering programming for all levels of development from youth to pre-professional, Manhattan SC has a membership of over 800 families that represent all five boroughs of New York City. Through the club’s dedication to mastering the sport of soccer, Manhattan SC seeks to instill a love for the game while also teaching its players the value of self-esteem and work ethic.
The club’s approach to player growth is centered on its professionally-developed curriculum, which was designed to teach players the skills they will need to compete at the highest levels of their games. The club aims to foster an environment of admiration for the game through its core values of commitment, sportsmanship and integrity and believes that learning these values often translates to a winning mentality on the pitch.
Beyond player development, Manhattan SC works to provide nearly 20 percent of its players financial aid to support their growth within the game, making Manhattan SC a leader among travel clubs in the nation for assisting its players financially. On top of that, Manhattan SC has joined up with select community partners to provide academic support, college mentoring and leadership training to its high school-age scholarship players through the MSC Scholars Fund. This initiative builds on the club’s existing YSF Scholars platform, which provides guidance and support for eighth-grade players navigating the public high school admissions process. The club’s hope is that by supporting its players in the classroom, Manhattan SC players will be able to replicate that success on the field and create opportunities for themselves to fully thrive at the college level and beyond.
In joining the W League, Manhattan SC will deepen its commitment to the growth of the women’s game by providing equal opportunity for its membership to reach the next level of their soccer careers. The club will also see the benefits of USL’s fully formed women’s pathway, which offers playing and coaching opportunities at all levels from youth to pro.
“We are thrilled to announce the arrival of Manhattan SC to the W League,” said Betsy Haugh, USL Director of Women’s Soccer. “Manhattan SC has proven to be a force in developing athletes out of New York City through the club’s robust history and well-rounded leadership. We are excited to see the investment this club is making in the growth of the women’s game and look forward to watching them on the pitch next season.”