About the Team:
Seacoast United Maine a state-wide premier soccer club, is adding for the third year a Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) team to the Club which will begin League play in the summer of 2014. The team called the Seacoast United Mariners will include top female collegiate players from Maine and around the world. Seacoast United Maine secured the rights to the WPSL franchise in 2012 in order to create continued opportunities for its oldest female players to develop throughout their collegiate careers and beyond.
“The Seacoast United Mariners WPSL team will provide the platform for our elite players to remain with the Club to help them develop further as well as provide exciting opportunities for players not currently under our umbrella,” said Iain Scott, Director of Soccer Operations. “Seacoast United is fully committed to long-term player development and these teams complete the soccer pathway for those players.”
The WPSL season takes place during the summer months of May through July, resulting in playoffs held in August to determine a national champion. The teams will play against other regional franchises based in New Hampshire and Massachusetts during their regular season. Half of each team’s 10-game regular season schedule will be played at home. Home games will take place in the Greater Portland area.
“Last year was our second year and I am hoping that we can build on our successes and make various improvements to the infrastructure so that we can put a highly competitive team on the field and get more fans to attend the matches and have a first-class experience” Said WPSL General Manager Paul Cameron. “To help our team be more competitive this year we will again be adding some incredible international players that are in college in the US to our base of quality players from Maine to create an exciting season.”
Seacoast United has operated a women’s team in the WPSL for the past three seasons based out of New Hampshire, with 2010 being its inaugural season in the league. As in New Hampshire, the addition of amateur sides to the Seacoast United Maine development pyramid has created an environment for both players and fans matched by very few organizations in the United States.
ABOUT SEACOAST UNITED MAINE: Seacoast United Maine is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization based in Portland, ME, with a simple mission to advance the physical and social wellbeing of children and adults through competitive soccer. Visit us online at www.seacoastunitedmaine.org.
About the Coaching:
Head coach Josh Needle has been coaching in Maine since 2002. This is his third year coaching Seacoast United Mariners. He will be assisted by Jenelle Harris. For more information on the Mariners coaching staff please click here.
Type of Players:
The Mariners roster is compiled of both international (South Africa, Hawaii, Scotland, Canada, Trinidad, Australia, Norway) and local talent, mostly collegiate or recently graduated athletes.
The Mariners has a great number of players attending New England colleges including the University of Maine Ft. Kent (ME), University of New Hampshire (NH), University of New England (ME), Colby College (ME), Bowdoin College (ME), Maine Merritime (ME), University of Southern Maine (ME), Endicott College (MA), Providence College (RI), and Babson College (MA).
A few additional players attend college within the region including Stoney Brooke University (NY) and Villinova University (PA).
Other College's and Universities include Rocky Mountain College (MT), Lee University (TN), University of Mary (ND), Auburn University Montgomery (AL), Alleghany (PA) and University of Mary (ND).
Players interested in the Seacoast United Mariners are encouraged to contact General Manager Paul Cameron or Head Coach Josh Needle.