Consolidation creates a “Super Club” opportunity for local soccer players
Mutiny FC and the Pioneer Valley Storm are excited to announce the merger of the two Western Massachusetts-based soccer organizations. The two 10-team clubs will begin their new relationship with tryouts taking place next month at Holyoke High School (June 5th, 7th & 12-14). Through this partnership, players will now have a direct developmental path from youth academy soccer to professional soccer within one organization, while maintaining the core values and principles in which both clubs were founded.
Mutiny FC is an affiliate of the New England Mutiny, which provides a two-fold purpose as a training ground for NCAA college athletes and a direct pathway to the professional level by competing in United Women’s Soccer (UWS), the second-tier league sanctioned by U.S. Soccer. On the Boy’s side, the club will now have a partnership with West Ham United of the English Premier League (EPL). As part of the partnership, players will have access to the curriculum, culture and ID programs associated with the professional club both here and abroad.
“The Pioneer Valley Storm is very excited to be merging with the New England Mutiny,” said Pioneer Valley Storm President Shaun Jenks. “The two clubs and their leadership have common goals and perspectives with a focus on providing high quality training with competitive and challenging games for all. We have created a ‘Super Club’ opportunity for players and families with many added benefits while keeping the tuition reasonably priced. We are looking forward to providing something special for the soccer players in Western MA and Northern CT.”
“Youth soccer in western Massachusetts has become so confusing and misleading that the needs of the players and their families have been lost,” said New England Mutiny Owner & GM Joe Ferrara. “Simply put, this agreement is about partnership and better opportunities for kids by combining the resources and expertise of two like-minded organizations. It provides the opportunity for the top local players, who have traditionally gone outside the region for their soccer education, to stay in western Massachusetts. It will also allow for players who are interested in playing in a fun and competitive atmosphere to maximize their potential.”