For the second time in as many times, the National Premier Soccer League has added an expansion team in Iowa.

The league announced Thursday that Des Moines United FC (Des Moines, Iowa) has joined the league as an expansion team for this season.

“Successful clubs have strong leadership,” NPSL managing director Cindy Spera said in a statement. “The Des Moines business partners are accomplished inside and outside the sports industry. The synergies between their soccer and media and entertainment businesses attracts local sponsors, excites the community, and will serve to create a fantastic soccer experience for the community.”

The NPSL had announced that the Iowa Raptors of Cedar Rapids, Iowa had been added to the league.

The club will be led by president Darwin Salas, general manager Joselo Mezquite and head coach JR Fernandes.

With more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Salas owns the largest Latino radio network in the state of Iowa, LA Q Buena, as well as the professional indoor soccer team Iowa Demon Hawks.

Mezquite has 11 years of soccer experience, most recently with Club Tijuana Xolitzcuintles de Caliente.

Fernandes played for Paulista FC, Illinois Thunder and Des Moines Menace. He was an assistant coach for Grand View University and Simpson College before becoming the head coach for both Marshalltown Community College and the Iowa Demon Hawks.

Des Moines United FC was founded in 2017. The club began as a futsal project and evolved into men’s outdoor and indoor programs. The Demon Hawks won the Major Arena Soccer League 3 (M3) national championship in 2021 and were promoted to MASL 2 (M2) the following season.

“We hope to make the playoffs in our first season and make our city proud,” Salas said in a statement.

Home matches will be played at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines, Iowa.

“We are pleased that Des Moines United has chosen the NPSL to continue to grow their brand as they expand into the outdoor game,” NPSL director of membership development Dina Case said in a statement. “We are confident that they will have a positive impact on both a team and league level as the league looks to expand its footprint in that region and surrounding market areas.”