TAMPA, Fla. – USL League Two has announced Virginia Beach United as the eighth expansion side to join the league ahead of the 2019 season, which will begin in May.
The new club will compete in the South Atlantic Division, which currently features six additional teams. Virginia Beach United will play its home matches at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, which features a 6,000-seat permanent seating structure.
Local youth organizations Beach FC and Virginia Rush have partnered in the creation of Virginia Beach United, as the two entities aim to provide players with the opportunity to develop beyond their youth clubs.
“This is a very exciting development in Virginia, and we’re happy to see the final product coming to fruition for the 2019 season,” USL League Two Vice President Joel Nash said. “With two stellar youth organizations in Beach FC and Virginia Rush, we know that we have very invested parties helping to grow the game locally and across USL League Two.”
The club conducted open tryouts on January 5 and 6 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, as the club seeks to fill out its roster for their inaugural campaign.
“Our immediate goals are centered around providing a product that our fans and the league can be proud of now and moving forward and creating some rivalries along the way,” Virginia Beach United General Manager Matt Mittelstaedt said. “Long term goals are player and team-centric; producing players for the next level and winning some championships!
In addition to Virginia Beach United’s entry, USL League Two has previously announced Cedar Stars Rush, Dalton, Discoveries SC, Florida Elite Soccer Academy, Green Bay, Park City and Wake FC ahead of the 2019 season.
A part of United Soccer Leagues, LLC, which also operates USL Championship, the new USL League One and Super Y League, USL League Two offers a summer platform for aspiring professionals across the United States and Canada.
More than 70 percent of all MLS SuperDraft selections since 2010 have USL League Two experience, including a total of 66 alumni chosen in 2018. Among the many players to have competed in USL League Two before making their professional debuts include Werder Bremen's Josh Sargent, Newcastle United FC defender DeAndre Yedlin, Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan and Columbus Crew forward Gyasi Zardes.