METUCHEN, NJ - This year, the East Conference of United Women's Soccer (UWS) has seen its largest single-year expansion in the history of the national pro-am league. A fourth team has now been added to the conference lineup for the 2021 season as long-time club powerhouse Scorpions Soccer Club will run out on the UWS East pitch. The organization is based on the South Shore of Massachusetts where they currently compete nationally in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) and locally in the National Premier League (NPL) and New England Premiership (NEP). They will join perennial conference contenders New England Mutiny as the second UWS club in the Bay State.
“We are excited to add the Scorpions program into United Women’s Soccer as they have a long and storied history on the girls side in Massachusetts. With a team in UWS, the organization will provide a distinct pathway for its club players and its alumni may continue their soccer careers after college,” said League Commissioner Joe Ferrara.
"Scorpions SC are extremely honored and excited to join UWS as we believe the league not only embodies a competitive platform like our own, but also stands firm in raising the opportunity for all women's soccer in Massachusetts," said Scorpions Director Evan Burokas. "For years, our staff has worked very hard coaching and training our U6-U18 players to help them reach their goals within high school and college soccer. However, once off to college, there is an obvious void in the women's game here in eastern Massachusetts.
"We felt it was our responsibility to take the initiative and provide a professional training environment while offering competitive games within UWS. For us, we are grateful for all the hard work put in by our members over the years and we are excited to offer this opportunity for players and supporters within our community."
Established in 1998, the aim of Scorpions SC is to enhance the level of soccer for all our aspiring members by providing multiple competitive platforms and pathways. The club has a reputation of developing players at all levels in its efforts to encourage competitive soccer pools for local high schools and nationally-recognized Division I, II and III colleges. Scorpions has produced players for some of the top universities in the country in recent years which include alumnae like Kristie & Samantha Mewis of the U.S. Women's National Team.
Kristie is entering her fourth season with the Houston Dash of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and reinvigorated her international career with a series of stellar performances for the USWNT last fall. Samantha was recently named the 2020 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year [https://www.ussoccer.com/