METUCHEN, N.J. – FC Buffalo has joined United Women’s Soccer for the 2021 season.

The will be the sixth team added to the East Conference lineup for the upcoming campaign and the sixth team from the state of New York alongside newcomers Albany Rush and Brooklyn City FC and veterans Long Island Rough Riders, Rochester Lady Lancers and Syracuse DA.

Founded in 2009, FC Buffalo is based in Buffalo, New York with a men’s team competing in the National Premier Soccer League. The organization joined the NPSL as an expansion franchise in 2009 with its first competitive season in 2010. FCB take inspiration for their colors, royal blue and yellow gold from the classic Buffalo Sabres uniforms.

“We are thrilled with the addition of FC Buffalo into United Women’s Soccer,” UWS commissioner Joe Ferrara Jr. said in a statement“The incorporation of community and soccer is an embodiment of the philosophy of both organizations. Alongside Albany, Rochester and Syracuse, the expansion into Buffalo means that there will be a UWS team in the top 4 major markets of upstate New York. This will certainly create natural rivalries and excitement within each community.”

Added FC Buffalo director of women’s soccer Liz Mantel: “We’re so excited to complete the FC Buffalo family with FC Buffalo Women joining UWS. To be able to bring a higher level of women’s soccer back to Western New York only makes sense with the wealth of talent we have in the area. The passion our players and staff bring will only help our club to continue our initiative to foster an always-growing environment for community and soccer.”

“Wanting to begin a project like this and putting it into action requires something special, and the women who’ve taken hold of this idea and made it a reality have energized our club,” FC Buffalo co-owner Nick Mendola said. “We’ve kept a fairly-tight lid on this idea, but the enthusiasm in our community from anyone we’ve told about FC Buffalo Women has been nothing short of fantastic. I consider it an honor to help build this into something truly special and to create more of the memories I hold dearly from our first 11 years on the men’s side.”

Before its first season, FC Buffalo had a contest for fans to submit a nickname and after thousands of votes were cast, “Blitzers” was chosen. The vote was aided by Buffalo native and CNN broadcaster Wolf Blitzer. The FC Buffalo’s supporters group is known as “The Situation Room” vis-à-vis his news program.