USL Returns to Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach, VA (January 1, 2019) – Only a few days short of five years since the departure of USL soccer in Virginia Beach, a new expansion USL League Two soccer team was announced today at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. Virginia Beach United will begin play at the Sportsplex in the USL League Two – Eastern Conference – South Atlantic Division in May 2019. The team comes together in the community with the two biggest local soccer clubs, Beach FC and Virginia Rush working towards the common goal.
The two club Presidents, George Albiston (Beach FC) and Danny Speight (VA Rush) brought the two clubs together to help the players in the area have a pathway to develop as players past their youth clubs unlike anything been done before in the area. The team name and colors say it all, “UNITED”. Virginia Beach United will hit the ground running with Open Tryouts this weekend, January 5-6 at the Sportsplex.
About USL League Two
The proven developmental leader in North American soccer’s evolving tiered structure, USL League Two (formerly the PDL) features 74 franchises in four conferences throughout the United States and Canada, including 18 clubs that are owned and operated by a professional club, or that hold a partnership with a professional club. League Two has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with more than 70 percent of all selections in the MLS SuperDraft since 2010 having PDL experience, including 66 selections in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. The League Two season consists of 14 regular season matches for each team, seven home and seven away, and provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. In addition to league play, League Two teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions.
About Virginia Beach Sportsplex
The Virginia Beach Sportsplex is a sports complex in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The name is most commonly attached to the main stadium within the complex, which opened in 1998. The facility is city-owned
and operated and managed by Hometown Sports Management. It has a permanent seating capacity of 6,000, on two decks of seating, with six club suites on a third floor. The Sportsplex can be expanded upwards to 17,000 for football games or any other outdoor sporting event. It was the first soccer-specific stadium built from the ground up in the United States. The Sportsplex is located in the Princess Anne Commons corridor of the city, across the street from the Princess Anne Athletic Complex and near the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater.