METUCHEN, N.J. – United Women’s Soccer Monday announced the addition Kongo Soccer Club into the national pro-am league for 2021.

The Utah-based franchise will compete in the revamped West Conference.

Established in 2013, Kongo has been in the sports training and club management business and manages ove 700 athletes.

“We welcome the addition of Kongo Soccer Club into UWS,” league commissioner Joe Ferrara said in a statement. “The organization has a tremendous vision and they are an important addition for us in the West as we continue to expand the region. The West teams are among the nation’s elite and provide exceptional competition.”

Kongo SC will compete alongside two California-based teams, The City FC (Fresno) and Santa Clarita Blue Heat (Santa Clarita). The City FC is new to the league, and will feature top talent in the Central Valley. SC Blue Heat won the regular season Conference Championship in 2016 and 2017, and the 2016 UWS National Championship. Calgary Foothills WFC claimed the West title the last two years. New additions to the competitive West Conference will be announced in the coming months.

In 2021, Kongo will play its matches at the Regional Athletic Complex (RAC) in Salt Lake City. It’s Davis County project that will encompass nearly 55 acres, providing five outdoor fields, 1 indoor field and a 3,500-seat event center.

“Kongo Soccer Club is excited to join the highest level of pro-am soccer in the country,” Kongo owner Chaz Walker said. “The addition of the UWS will provide more opportunities to girls in the state of Utah. Utah has great talent and Kongo Soccer Club is excited to show that to the league. Kongo prides itself on competitiveness, hard work, and sportsmanship. Using these aspects of our club we feel the product we deliver to the fans will be second to none.”

Faust Mejia will serve as head coach.

“Kongo Soccer’s sole dedication is to develop players and provide a path to all levels of competition for boys and girls of all ages,” Mejia said.