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USL W League welcomes Pittsburgh as expansion team for 2025

By Staff, 04/27/24, 7:00PM EDT


Pittsburgh Riverhounds ownership establishes a pre-professional team for local elite talent

TAMPA, Fla. - The United Soccer League today announced that the Pittsburgh Riverhounds ownership group has established a USL W League team which is slated to start competing in the 2025 season. The team’s official crest and identity will be unveiled in the coming months.  

The addition of a W League team will provide a pathway for women in Pittsburgh to compete at an elite level. The Riverhounds Development Academy has been active since 2007, with its first girls’ academy team forming in 2012. 

“As we experience the remarkable growth of women’s soccer globally, it’s imperative that we not only acknowledge, but actively champion the immense talent and passion that exists within our own communities,” said Jeff Garner, Pittsburgh Riverhounds President. “By establishing a pathway for girls in our region to pursue the highest levels of soccer, particularly those emerging from our esteemed Riverhounds Development Academy, we are not just creating opportunities, we are fulfilling dreams.” 

The year the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC is celebrating its 25th anniversary, after being established in 1999 as a men’s professional team in the then USL A League. Following the formation of the Development Academy, the club expanded, now fielding teams from U-9 to U-19 age groups within multiple leagues, including USL Academy. 

“As our Academy has grown and flourished on the girls' side, the need to create a First Team pathway for the young women in our city has become increasingly evident,” said Pittsburgh’s Sporting Director, Dan Visser. “We couldn’t be more excited to bring a W League team to Pittsburgh!” 

The club also partakes in various community initiatives in efforts to fulfill its mission “to cultivate and promote the sport of soccer within the Pittsburgh area, fostering a vibrant and inclusive community of players, fans and supporters.”  Some activations include soccer-focused physical education programming in local schools led by Riverhounds coaches and charity walks at Highmark Stadium, the home site for Riverhounds matches. 

“We are thrilled to have Pittsburgh Riverhounds join the USL W League for the 2025 season,” said Joel Nash, USL Senior Vice President of Youth and Pre-Professional Properties. “Pittsburgh has decades of history in the American soccer landscape, and we’re excited to see their passionate fans support this W League team next summer.” 

Stay up to date on with the team at and on social channels Facebook, Twitter/X and Instagram for more updates on branding, technical staff and more ahead of kickoff in 2025.  

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