USL League Two: Manhattan Soccer Club follows new model of youth clubs adding senior teams

Manhattan Soccer Club, one of New York City's most established youth programs, is adding a team that will play in the amateur USL League Two (former PDL) in 2019.

It is part of a new trend of USL League Two teams being formed as an extension of established youth programs. Cedar Stars Rush (New Jersey), Discoveries SC (South Carolina), Florida Elite Soccer Academy and Wake FC (North Carolina) are all outgrowths of youth clubs. Virginia Beach United was formed out of Beach FC and Virginia Rush.

Other 2019 expansion teams include Dalton (Georgia) and Park City (Utah), both owned by Park City resident Bob Martino, owner of the new Chattanooga Red Wolves, and Green Bay (Wisconsin), affiliated with Forward Madison FC, like the Red Wolves a first-year team in the new USL League One.

Manhattan SC will split hosting its home matches at Gaelic Park Field on the campus of Manhattan College in Riverdale and at Randall’s Island during its first season campaign.

“USL League Two participation will undoubtedly help Manhattan Soccer Club meet some short and long-term goals, which in turn will benefit our youth club tremendously,” director of coaching Ray Selvadurai said. “First off, our youth players will see a particular pathway to the highest level of college and amateur play in the country. Our youth players will now have serious role models to pattern their playing careers around."

Manhattan SC's most famous product is Jack Harrison, who played for the club while attending boarding school in New England. He was signed by Manchester City from NYCFC and currently plays for Leeds United in his native England.

“Also, we want top college programs to know," Selvadurai added, "that their players will be able to participate with Manhattan Soccer Club in USL League Two to serve as an avenue to continue their development at a high level during the summer months. We hope in turn to expand on our already strong college network to forge new opportunities for our youth players to play at the next level.”
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