TAMPA, Fla. – For the first time, a United Soccer League team will play in Manhattan.

Manhattan Soccer Club has been announced as the ninth expansion team prior to the 2019 USL League Two season, with the club set to compete in the Northeast Division.

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 debut season.

With an already-established youth system in place, Manhattan SC aims to build off its youth club and translate it into USL League Two success.

“We are pleased to have another ambitious club joining the Northeast Division,” USL League Two vice president Joel Nash said. “Manhattan SC has exhibited a commitment to growing the game on the youth side in one of the biggest cities in the world, and with the addition of their USL League Two team they can continue that mission by way of another platform.”

Through Manhattan SC’s leadership – which includes director of coaching Ray Selvadurai, executive director Rich Corvino and club administrator Eddie Sutton – the club hopes to unite its youth players and League Two team as an opportunity to display the defined path for a developing soccer player.

“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,” 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.

“Also, we want top college programs to know 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.”

For more information regarding Manhattan SC’s introduction to USL League Two, visit www.manhattansc.org.

Cedar Stars Rush, Dalton, Discoveries SC, Florida Elite Soccer Academy, Green Bay, Park City, Virginia Beach United and Wake FC also will play in the USL League Two season.

A part of United Soccer Leagues, LLC, which also operates USL Championship, the USL League One and Super Y League, USL League Two offers a summer platform for aspiring professionals across the United States and Canada.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.