West Chester United SC
Full nameWest Chester United Soccer Club
Nickname(s)Predators
Founded1976; 45 years ago (1976)
StadiumKildare's Field
Head coachBlaise Santangelo
LeagueNational Premier Soccer League
USL League Two
20183rd, Keystone Conference, NPSL
WebsiteClub website

West Chester United SC is an American soccer club based in West Chester, Pennsylvania that currently competes in both the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) and USL League Two.[1] The organization also fields a side in the United Soccer League of Pennsylvania, a fully-amateur state league.

History

The team was announced on January 18, 2017 as an NPSL expansion team.[2] West Chester is a non-profit youth organization, with over 3,400 boys and girls ages 3 to 18 and approximately 350 adult players.[3]

On January 14, 2020 USL League Two announced that West Chester United would join the league for the 2020 season in the Mid Atlantic Division.[4]

Since 2017, WCU has had a rivalry with fellow Pennsylvania side Philadelphia Lone Star FC, which also joined the NPSL in 2017. Both team's first league match was against one-another and made the first leg of a derby, the Route 3 Derby, with the winner after both legs being awarded the Kildare's Cup.[5] West Chester has won the cup every year of its existence, with the closest series coming in 2019 when United won 4-3 after initially losing the first game for the first time.[6][7]

Year-by-year

Year League Regular Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup
2017 NPSL 3rd, Keystone Conference Conference Semifinal Ineligible
2018 NPSL 3rd, Keystone Conference Conference Final Did not qualify
2019 NPSL 2nd, Keystone Conference Conference Semifinal Did not qualify

Honors

NPSL

Amateur

References

  1. ^ "West Chester United SC official site". West Chester United SC. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  2. ^ NPSL (January 18, 2017). "WEST CHESTER UNITED SOCCER CLUB JOINS THE NPSL". NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  3. ^ WCUSC. "WCUSC OVERVIEW & HISTORY". West Chester United SC. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  4. ^ https://www.uslleaguetwo.com/news_article/show/1077467
  5. ^ Ralph, Matthew (May 11, 2017). "Inaugural Kildare's Cup Will Be Awarded to Winner of Route 3 Derby". Brotherly Game. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
  6. ^ "Game Report". npsl.bonzidev.com. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
  7. ^ "Game Report". npsl.bonzidev.com. Retrieved January 26, 2020.