HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. – The United Soccer League Thursday announced the Hudson Valley Hammers as the latest club to join USL League Two.

The New York-based club will compete in League Two’s Metropolitan Division during the 2022 season.

“The Hudson Valley Hammers are dedicated to the growth of soccer at the grassroots level in the Hudson Valley area,” Hammers general manager Ray Bramall said in a statement. “Competing in USL League Two will provide the Hammers with the opportunity to introduce young players to the beautiful game by granting access to and promoting awareness of a higher standard of play.”

The Hammers are an initiative led by RB Leipzig midfielder and U.S. men’s national team standout Tyler Adams. The club was founded with the mission of providing Mid-Hudson Valley and its surrounding areas an affordable and enjoyable environment for families in a professional setting while offering players the opportunity to continue to cultivate their talent in a competitive training environment. The club prides itself on its commitment to long-term development, offering all players an equal opportunity to become members of the Hudson Valley Hammers regardless of race, creed, color, national origin or financial means.

“The objective of the Hudson Valley Hammers is to provide the mid-Hudson Valley area with an affordable and enjoyable environment for families in a professional setting while providing a proven pathway for players with professional aspirations to follow,” Hammers director of business operations Jay Anthony said in a statement.