BERGEN COUNTY, N.J.- The United Soccer League (USL) today announced Cedar Stars as the latest club to join the USL W League. The New Jersey-based club will compete in the league’s inaugural season in 2022.
“Cedar Stars is excited to join the USL W League in its inaugural season,” said Juan Santamaria, General Manager and Sporting Director of the Cedar Stars Academy. “We are thrilled to be able to provide additional opportunities for talented young women within our academy, community and beyond.”
With six locations across the New Jersey and New York metro area, Cedar Stars Academy is home to over 2,500 elite athletes in the region. The club is founded on strong family values that center on catering to the needs of each individual player regardless of skill level or social background. Through its open and welcoming training environment, Cedar Stars Academy hopes to allow its players to exercise creativeness on the pitch and encourage ambitious decision making to enhance development and performance in all aspects of its programming.
The club’s mission to instill a love for the game in each of its players is rooted in its core values of commitment, discipline, relentlessness, effort and an “all in” mentality. The club actively searches for ways to improve its offering year over year with the goal of creating evergreen success within its first team platforms. Advancing on this mission, Cedar Stars will now provide its membership direct access to the professional game through the USL’s robust women’s pathway. In addition, through Capelli Sport and its owner George Altirs, Cedar Stars has a direct affiliate link to professional women’s club HB Køge of Denmark. HB Køge recently participated in the Women’s Champions League and will provide additional professional opportunities for players to play overseas.
In joining the W League, Cedar Stars will solidify a commitment to the growth of the women’s game in Monmouth County and its surrounding areas. A cornerstone of this commitment is the club’s access to quality training facilities and a home venue at the new Capelli Sport Complex in Tinton Falls, NJ. The Capelli Sport Complex boasts four outdoor soccer fields, one full size indoor field and one grandstand stadium field that will serve as the home of the Cedar Stars W League team during the 2022 season.
“We are thrilled to welcome Cedar Stars to the W League for the 2022 season,” said Betsy Haugh, USL Director of Women’s Soccer Operations. “The club has an established presence in the Northeast and is looking to build on the success of its programming by adding a development pathway to its women’s side. This new opportunity will provide athletes in the metro New Jersey and New York area more possibilities to reach the next level of their game.”