Rush Soccer links up with USL's Penn FC

Rush Soccer -- comprised of 85 clubs in the U.S. and abroad with 40,000 players --  is linking up Penn FC (formerly the Harrisburg City Islanders) to provide a vehicle for its players to move into the pro ranks.

Formed in 2004, the City Islanders are one of the oldest teams in the USL and an original member of the current league that was launched in 2011.

“It is difficult to imagine a professional soccer team without an academy — the academy is often referred to as the soul of the organization,” said Rush chairman Jerome de Bontin, the former Monaco director and New York Red Bulls general manager. “Rush Soccer has 40,000 members across the world, and by instilling their faith in us, Penn FC will have one of the largest networks in international soccer to scout from and hopefully develop into world class players for the professional team. Our President Tim Schulz and I have been pursuing a professional team for some time now, and have found it in Penn FC and George Altirs’ organization.”

Altirs purchased the majority interest in the City Islanders in March. He was owner of the USL's Wilmington Hammerheads and founded New Jersey youth club Cedar Stars. Altirs also has an interest in German club Duisburg via Capelli Sport and Inter Allies, which competes in the Ghanaian Premier League.

2 comments about "Rush Soccer links up with USL's Penn FC".
  1. :: SilverRey ::, November 15, 2017 at 4:54 p.m.

    Stop whitewashing team names!!!!!!!!!!!

    Make it Penn City Islanders, or ANYTHING City Islanders. Hold on to that history, culture, fanbase, et al.!

    And stop with the FC already. Stop with the United. Stop with the Dynamo. Stop with the Real. Stop with the Sporting. Stop with whatever 'euro name that shows well in the metrics'.

    It's great that they are making this the top step in their academy program. I actually really like what they are doing, but this is a horrible rebrand!!!!!!

  2. David Carlin, November 17, 2017 at 11:27 a.m.

    The team and league have outgrown the city islanders name.  Does anyone outside of Harrisburg know what a City Islander is?  They play on an island in the middle of the Susquehanna River named "City Island."  When the team started in 2004 it was a cute name for a soccer team and league not a whole lot of people watched.  The USL has grown leaps and bounds since then and its time the club grew up as well.  I get what you're saying but believe me there's not a lot of us married to the City Islanders name or logo.   although the logo is so bad its good but the new logo I think they did well with.  Except I don't get the reasoning behind the weird P logo.

    I like the FC, it doesn't bother me too much.   The United/Dynamo and Real can go, especially the Real.  That really stretches it lol.

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