TAMPA, Fla. – The United Soccer League Wednesday announced FC Motown had joined USL League Two.
The club will compete in the Metropolitan Division beginning in the 2021 season. FC Motown joins a growing contingent of League Two clubs from New Jersey. It became the fourth club from the Garden State to join the league ahead of the 2021 season after Morris Elite SC, Real Central New Jersey Soccer and New Jersey Copa FC.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome FC Motown to League Two,” USL League Two Vice president Joel Nash said in a statementn. “The club has an incredible reputation both regionally and nationally and is poised to immediately compete on the field while representing the league’s community-driven values off it.”
Based in Morristown, FC Motown was founded in 2012 by co-owners and high school classmates Scott Kindzierski and Dan Karosen. Since then, the club has developed into a powerhouse at the amateur level, twice reaching the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
FC Motown finished as national runners-up in the National Premier Soccer League in 2018, losing to Miami FC (now of the USL Championship) in the league final. The club was invited to compete in the Hank Steinbrecher Cup in 2019, where it played against League Two’s Flint City Bucks before the latter side went on to win the 2019 USL League Two national title.
Numerous FC Motown alumni have gone on to play at the professional level, including Haitian international striker Christiano Francois, who has played for five clubs at the USL Championship level.
“League Two will provide the club an opportunity to develop some of the best young players in the New York/New Jersey metro area,” Kindzierski said in a statement. “We will enjoy local rivalries and tremendous competition. This is another milestone for a club that started as a co-ed team in 2012 and has made the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the fourth consecutive year.”
Added Karosen: “We are excited to be joining League Two for the 2021 season and beyond. FC Motown has had some tremendous battles against New York Red Bulls U-23 and the Flint City Bucks in national competitions. This league will give us a platform to cultivate a younger player base and compete for a national title.”