WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH JOINS UNITED WOMEN’S SOCCER
New York area will now field top-tier team in women’s league for local collegiate players
Western New York Flash has joined the United Women’s Soccer (UWS) this coming season. The NY Flash will field a top-tier team of collegiate-level athletes returning to the western New York area for the summer.
“We are excited to bring United Women’s Soccer to Buffalo and continue the strong legacy of the Western New York Flash in the women’s game,” Vice President Aaran Lines explained.
“This team completes the NY Flash pyramid offering a final destination for collegiate and post-collegiate players in our Western New York area looking to continually advance their game.”
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“It is very gratifying to be able to give back to the game and provide a home for many of our WNY Flash Academy alum, in addition to other western New York area players. Not only will players be able to further develop their game at the next level, it will also provide high-level soccer for the community and young WNY Flash Academy players to come out and support,” said Lines.
Lines used to be the head coach when the organization had a team in the NWSL — at least until 2015. His wife, Alexandra “Alex” Sahlen, had been a long time player of the Flash — and helped the team to championships including W-League Championship in 2010, the WPS Championship in 2011, the WPSL Elite Championship in 2012, and of course their fifth title in eight years — the 2016 NWSL Championship.
All this is before the Western New York Flash sold their rights in the National Women’s Soccer League to North Carolina for the 2017 season.
“This is an exciting day for UWS,” said League Director Joe Ferrara, Jr. “Simply and emphatically, no one has sacrificed more for the sport of women’s soccer than the Sahlen family. The Flash bring an established level of professionalism that will enhance the quality of the league from the opening whistle this season.”
The Sahlen family – owners of the WNY Flash — have always been committed supporters of the women’s game and developing future collegiate and NWSL-caliber players.