CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The USL is set to establish a distinguished presence in Charlottesville, Virginia, unveiling Charlottesville Blues FC as the newest member of USL League Two and USL W League. This initiative seeks to create an elite soccer platform for both men and women aspiring to elevate their professional soccer careers.
The inaugural season kicks off in May 2024, with tryouts for each team beginning in December 2023. If interested in tryouts, please visit the Charlottesville Blues FC Tryouts web page.
Charlottesville Blues FC brings together a seasoned ownership team comprised of Brian Kuk, Brian Krow, John Kuk, and Jim Kupec, each possessing extensive experience in their respective fields of soccer, media production, financial services, sports sales and collectively, entrepreneurial leadership.
“Charlottesville’s rich collegiate sports history has nurtured a community teeming with enthusiasm and participation. We extend an invitation to everyone to join us in this inspiring journey,” expressed co-owner Brian Kuk.
“We welcome the Charlottesville Blues FC to Charlottesville, which is without a doubt one of the best soccer communities in the country. This is another positive step in growing women's soccer and empowering players to reach new heights,” commented Steve Swanson, University of Virginia, Women’s Soccer Head Coach.
George Gelnovatch, University of Virginia, Men's Soccer Head Coach, also supports the USL initiative, "Charlottesville is a soccer city. The tremendous passion for soccer in our community is second to none, and the Charlottesville Blues FC USL League 2 team will provide new opportunities to enjoy the beautiful game."
In the approaching months, Charlottesville Blues FC will be seeking participation from the community to collaboratively shape the brand identity of the club. Follow social media for updates and subscribe at CharlottesvilleBluesFC.com.
Brian Krow, another co-owner of Charlottesville Blues FC, emphasized the club’s community-centric approach, “We are Community First. Our club is a living testament to the city's vibrant spirit, and we welcome everyone to be part of our Blues family.”
Charlottesville Blues FC directly connects the city and surrounding area with a nod to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
Joel Nash, USL Senior Vice President of Youth and Pre-Professional Properties, shared his anticipation: "The club’s commitment to the community and the positive impact it aspires to make are commendable. It’s exciting to see what the ownership team and fans in Charlottesville will create.”
“We extend our gratitude to the USL management and staff for their unwavering support, enabling us to offer players a pivotal step in their professional soccer journey,” mentioned John Kuk, Co-Owner of Charlottesville Blues FC.
The goal of Charlottesville Blues FC is clear and strong. They are here to uncover and develop local soccer talent and create a place where all fans feel welcome. They aim to boost the local sports scene and form solid partnerships and sponsorships within the community, providing top-notch opportunities for college players and aspiring professionals to showcase their talents on a bigger stage.
“USL has grown tremendously in the past few years and is a fantastic platform for the community to unite, support, and enjoy this great game. We look forward to creating history with the fans,” said Co-Owner, Jim Kupec.
For more information about Charlottesville Blues FC, visit their website.
ABOUT CHARLOTTESVILLE BLUES FC
At Charlottesville Blues F.C., our mission is to bring positive change by engaging our community, delivering a thrilling, forward-thinking soccer experience that resonates with the heart of Charlottesville and nurtures the professional dreams of our youth.
ABOUT USL W LEAGUE
The USL W League is a leader in pre-professional soccer in North America, developing the next generation of women's talent both on and off the field. The USL W League strives to use women’s soccer as a force for societal good by creating a national platform to increase opportunity, gender equity, and career development. The League and its member clubs are committed to investing in women’s soccer – through not only financial resources but also with time, energy, and attention – and are united in our mission to grow the women’s game.
ABOUT USL LEAGUE TWO
USL League Two is the leader in pre-professional soccer in North America. The League holds a vital role as it continues to provide the elite platform for those pursuing professional careers domestically and internationally. Throughout the United States and Canada, League Two franchises continue to provide top pre-professional players the opportunity to train and compete at the highest level while maintaining their collegiate eligibility. With ownership of teams from USL franchises and top business and sports individuals, League Two serves as the leading development platform for the game both on and off the field.