TAMPA, Fla. - The United Soccer League (USL) today announced Kalamazoo FC as the latest club to join USL League Two. The Michigan club will compete in the Great Lakes Division beginning in the 2021 season, becoming League Two’s fifth current team from the Wolverine State.
“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Kalamazoo FC to League Two,” said USL League Two Vice President Joel Nash. “Michigan has long been a hotbed for elite pre-professional soccer, and we’re confident that the club’s move to League Two will bolster its ability to develop players while competing at a high level.
Founded in 2015, Kalamazoo FC previously competed regularly against two fellow new members of League Two’s Great Lakes Division in AFC Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids FC. The club will rekindle those rivalries in League Two in 2021, in addition to facing off against two more in-state opponents: the reigning League Two title-winners Flint City Bucks, and Oakland County FC.
“We’re all very excited here at Kalamazoo FC to join USL,” said Kalamazoo FC General Manager Colin Howard. “We are looking forward to the change in competition, which will provide new challenges for our organization as a whole. After missing out on the 2020 season, Coach [Shane] Lyons is focused on making an immediate impact in our new conference. We can’t wait for everyone in our community to take part in this big transition period for our club.”
In joining League Two, Kalamazoo FC will offer a proven pathway to professional soccer for its players. On top of the valuable experience of playing in the nation’s most competitive pre-professional environment, League Two also provides growth opportunities for its coaches, executives and communities.
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