It’s been a minute since smallworld women has been in action, but there’s some breaking news to provide!
After a lost 2020 summer season, the WPSL is making moves to prepare for 2021. One of the first such moves is the announcement of Westchester United FC as an expansion club. The Mount Kisco, NY side isn’t too well-known, but it has us at smallworld intrigued.
Why? Well, for starters, we expect this team to be pretty good on the field right out of the gate. Clubs like Westchester who have men’s and women’s sides are generally pretty equally yoked. In other words, a club that looks seriously competitive and puts effort into its mens side can *generally* be expected to do the same for the women.
And that men’s side is young but already rather seasoned. They’re towards the bottom of the UPSL D1 American division of the Northeast Conference, but they’ve scored an impressive 2.3 goals per match in a division sporting clubs like Philadelphia Lone Star, Allentown United, and unbeaten New York Contour United. In addition, they faced NISA expansion side New Jersey Teamsters and held them to a 0-0 draw.
Also, location is a plus here. Westchester County isn’t too far from New York proper, but any kind of growth in clubs outside the city feels like a plus. There’s a lot of concentration in the state around NYC, understandably, so to see a women’s club emerge to serve local talent outside the city center is exciting indeed.
It’s an ambitious youth academy that’s just now entering the semi-pro sphere. Westchester has an exciting history of nearly five years to build on, highlighted by a partnership with Scottish giants Rangers FC that has seen Westchester players go abroad. They also participate in a youth cup in Italy called the Women’s Viareggio Cup, the only American team in that competition.
Per the WPSL’s official press release today, head coach Antonio Corrado gave the following quote:
We are extremely excited to be the first WPSL based club in Westchester County, NY”, Corrado said. “We believe that this will provide local female players in high school and at the collegiate level an immense opportunity to play over the late spring/summer months.Antonio Cerrado, Westchester United women’s head coach (via WPSL press release)
All that to say, it’s certainly not the last we’ll see from WPSL in the way of club expansion and news in general as the league builds for the 2021 season. When you factor in all the clubs who expanded in 2020 and didn’t get to play, there will be a lot of new blood in the mix across the country, so it should be a season well worth the wait.
Of course, fellow semi-pro league UWS will be equally exciting to watch in the coming months, as they’re on the same timeline and sport quality clubs such as Unity FC and FC Austin Elite. It’s truly a time of growth for the women’s game in the US, and the announcement of Westchester United FC is just the tip of that iceberg.
Until we meet again, stay weird and support local soccer!