Philadelphia Lone Star FC’s first women’s team will be an expansion club in the Women’s Premier Soccer League for the 2019 season.
“Our board is very delighted that the WPSL approved our application to begin our inaugural season in 2019,” club president and executive director Paul Konneh said in a news release. “In our 17-year history, this will be our first women’s team. We know it will be a challenge to play in a very competitive league like the WPSL in our first season, but we will make every effort to ensure that our new women’s team be successful like all Philadelphia Lone Star FC sides.”
Charlie Flowe, a local youth and college coach who has coached the Stars in the National Premier Soccer League, is the head coach of the new team, which like the NPSL last summer will play its home matches at the South Philadelphia Athletic Super Site on Bigler Street.
Tryouts will be held on Sunday, Dec. 23 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Suburban Sports Training Center in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
Lone Star are one of two new teams in the area for the 21-year-old league. Coastal Atlantic FC Ospreys in Frederica, Delaware are also joining the league, which has five other teams in the region: Hershey FC, Lehigh Valley Tempest, Penn Fusion, Torch FC and Philly Fever.
Other expansion sides in the league for 2019 include EGA Omaha, Alamo City SC (San Antonio), Chatham FC (Savannah, Georgia), Wake FC (Raleigh, North Carolina), ASC San Diego, EPIC Sport Management (Victoria, British Columbia), Indios Denver FC, FC Arizona Women (Mesa, Arizona) and Charlotte Eagles.