DENVER – Women’s soccer has returned to the Centennial State with Indios Denver FC joining the Women’s Premier Soccer League as a 2019 expansion club, the league announced Wednesday.
Oscar Gonzalez owns the club, which will play home matches at Englewood High School in Englewood, Colorado, a Denver suburb south of the city. Indios already has a successful United Premier Soccer League men’s side, which was founded in 2015.
“Our goal is to give an opportunity to the young to be able to play on a competitive level and to have the Denver area grow in soccer,” Gonzalez said. “The focus for our club is making sure the young women develop the skills to be successful in soccer but also skills like sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork and perseverance needed for their entire lives.”
Indios’ youth club is actively involved in the Denver community with the Discover Soccer in the City program that aims to make soccer accessible within communities where free and reduced school lunch rates are 60 percent or more. The free program provides a professional soccer coach to lead practices during after school hours with matches played on Saturdays for eight weeks.
The club joins CAFC Ospreys (Frederica, Delaware), EGA Omaha, Alamo City SC (San Antonio), Chatham FC (Savannah, Georgia), Wake FC (Raleigh, North Carolina), ASC San Diego and EPIC Sport Management (Victoria, British Columbia) as announced 2019 expansion clubs.
The WPSL is in its 22nd season and is the largest women’s soccer league in the world with more than 100 clubs from coast-to-coast. WPSL rosters feature elite collegiate, post-collegiate, international and standout prep student-athletes. Many of the United States’ most accomplished women’s players have played in the WPSL, including household names such as Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain.