Official Alliance club of the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer (MLS)
LA Galaxy OC Joins United Women’s Soccer West For 2018
LA Galaxy OC, an official Alliance club of the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer (MLS), have announced plans to enter a team in United Women’s Soccer (UWS) in 2018.
LA Galaxy OC boasts over 70 competitive youth soccer teams, and a recreation program with over 2000 players. The LA Galaxy OC Women’s Team will compete in the UWS West Conference when the league kicks off this May.
“We are excited to expand our West Conference,” said League Commissioner Joe Ferrara, Jr. “Our goal is to accept organizations that meet our quality standards and a professional group such as LA Galaxy OC fits that description and then some.”
“LA Galaxy OC is the fastest growing soccer club in Southern California, and the addition of a women’s team competing in UWS is another huge step forward for us as a club,” said LA Galaxy OC Director of Operations Tim Woodcock. “We are proud to be bringing a team to UWS. We have a strong girls program at our club, and this will not only strengthen the program, but provide an opportunity for top female players to play beyond club soccer.”
LA Galaxy OC will have a test on their hands in the UWS West, as it has seen a highly competitive slate of games over the past two seasons with two-time conference winners Santa Clarita Blue Heat leading the way. Santa Clarita almost defended their 2016 United Women’s Soccer title this past summer, but lost to Grand Rapids FC in double-overtime in the 2017 UWS Final, ending their season with only one loss.
In 2016, the UWS West was won in the 94th minute of the final regular season game when the Houston Aces were knocked out by the Colorado Pride. Santa Clarita went on to defeat New Jersey Copa FC in the UWS Final in the 119th minute of play. Real Salt Lake Women capitalized on their affiliation with its MLS-side to lead UWS in attendance. Only a draw due to a second-half stoppage time goal denied them from winning the West.