AURORA, Ill. - Today the USL announced that River Light FC will be the latest club to join USL League Two and the USL W League.
"We are excited to join the premier pre-professional soccer leagues in the United States,” Charles Latshaw III, sporting director for River Light FC, said. “Our intention is to provide the best environment at the level for both players and fans within Chicagoland. We expect to compete from day one and look forward to showcasing the talent we have in this community.”
Soccer fans in the Fox Valley have a reason to celebrate as River Light FC will begin their first year of competition in the 2024 League Two and W League seasons. The front office and coaching staff bring a wealth of experience in the USL ecosystem.
“We want to build a winning culture, both on and off the field, representing our community with pride. With a commitment to excellence, we aim to unite fans, inspire the next generation of soccer players, and make a lasting impact in the Fox Valley area.” Heather Bickerton, General Manager.
Chad Swieca, President of River Light FC stated “Ever since moving back to Kane County three years ago I have wanted to bring something to this area for soccer. Now that is finally happening, having the best possible coaches, operations staff and recruiters at this level ensures we are going to compete. This is going to be a really exciting club to be around, and I fully expect the fans and the people of Kane County to feel our presence”
The club’s mission is to create a culture of excellence with a professional environment for players to reach their dreams in. The aim is to be competitive within the leagues to give players the chance to play against the highest-level competition possible.
“We’re so excited to welcome River Light FC in 2024,” Joel Nash, USL SVP, Youth and Pre-Professional Properties, said. “We saw last season that the Midwest is teeming with talent, and we can’t wait to see River Light FC tap into that and develop those players.”
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.