Grand Rapids, MI. – Grand Rapids Football Club and Midwest United FC will begin collaborating during the 2020 season to provide the greatest professional soccer experience for fans, players, and our West Michigan community. GRFC will focus time and resources exclusively on the USL 2 Men’s team, while Midwest United FC will assume ownership of the UWS Women’s team.
The GRFC Women have been one of the most successful women’s teams in the country, winning two UWS championships and one UWS National Championship in three seasons. Midwest United FC is the largest and most successful youth club in West Michigan, and the only US Soccer Development Academy program in West Michigan.
“We are excited to announce this collaboration as it will provide benefits to both clubs,” said outgoing President Matt Roberts. “We have always had a great relationship with Midwest United, and this move will ensure our women’s side continues to have necessary support and resources. In turn, this will give more young players opportunities to play at higher levels and create a way for more kids to have access to watch the best pre-professionals in Michigan and the country, which is the goal we set out to achieve when bringing both the Men’s and Women’s teams to West Michigan.”
All GRFC season tickets and Lifetime Memberships will allow admission to all Men’s and Women’s matches.
Lewis Robinson will remain in a leadership position with GRFC, but will be stepping down as Head Coach. The newly formed GRFC Board of Directors, including Technical Director Lewis Robinson, will be announcing the new coaching staff in the upcoming weeks.
GRFC will host tryouts for the 2020 season on Sunday, December 29th from 5:30-7:30pm at Aquinas College. To sign up or to purchase season tickets, go to grandrapidsfc.com.