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USL W League welcomes Lexington Sporting Club as expansion side for 2023

By Staff, 10/27/22, 12:55PM EDT


The Kentucky-based club will offer opportunities for local players and beyond

LEXINGTON, KY. - The United Soccer League today announced the addition of Lexington Sporting Club as a USL W League expansion club that is set to compete in the 2023 season.  

“The USL office has been tremendous in supporting all our endeavors here at Lexington Sporting Club, and this is the first opportunity within this community to establish a pre-pro player pathway for female players,” said Michelle Rayner, Senior Director of Operations. “This will give us the ability to keep our elite female players here in Lexington throughout the summer months and enable not only home-grown players that are away at college, but other high level female soccer players to come to Lexington, KY.” 

Lexington Sporting Club was established in 2021 when the City of Lexington was awarded a USL League One expansion franchise. Lexington SC is already a member of the USL Academy and, in addition to its W League team, will debut a men’s team in USL League One in 2023. 

Lexington Sporting Club’s mission is to nurture, promote and provide a true commitment and environment for young players to flourish. The club looks forward to competing and winning championships with home-grown players Driven by core values of inclusivity, fairness, structure and humility, Lexington SC strives to provide opportunities to play and develop all players with access to the best training facilities, coaches, and resources.  

“We’re excited to welcome Lexington Sporting Club to the W League for the 2023 season,” said Joel Nash, Vice President of Pre-Professional and Youth Properties. “Lexington obviously has a track record for supporting sports in their city, and we know this club will be no different. Central Kentucky’s appetite for soccer is growing, we see it, and we can’t wait to see how Lexington SC fits into that picture.” 

Lexington Sporting club also has ambitions of bringing professional women’s soccer to Lexington.  

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