The National Premier Soccer League announced Wednesday that OKC 1889 FC of Oklahoma City has joined the league as an expansion team.

The club will begin competition in the South Region in this year.

“The NPSL has been looking to expand into the Oklahoma City market for years, and we were waiting for the right ownership group to emerge,” NPSL managing director Cindy Spera said in a statement. “We are pleased that we have found that fit in OKC 1889 FC. Oklahoma City is a key market for us and a critical first step in solidifying the Heartland Conference.”

The club is owned by Dustin Hooker and Mark Moore.

“Our goal is to develop young men into outstanding people,” Hooker said. “We also want to compete at a high level within a professional environment.”

Both Hooker and Moore are from Norman, Okla. and grew up playing soccer in the community.

Adam Kay will serve as the head coach.

Kay played at FC Jazz Pori in Finland and is working on his UEFA “A” license. He is the head men’s soccer coach at Southwestern Christian University and the Boys ECNL Director at Oklahoma Celtic.

“Oklahoma City is a great city and has great fans that support local sports,” Hooker said. “The Imps have been competing for the last five years and have established themselves as a strong club with great potential to compete in year one.”

“We are excited to announce that OKC 1889 FC has joined the NPSL,” NPSL director of membership development Dina Case said. “The ownership group has extensive business and soccer experience, a perfect balance needed to be successful in this league.”