Millburn Magic Become Jersey Blues FC, To Compete in WPSL Elite
Added by Steven Farkas on December 17, 2012.
Millburn Magic has announced a move to the WPSL Elite League and will become the Jersey Blues FC.
The Millburn Magic, who have played in the Women’s Premier Soccer League for the last five years, will move to the WPSL Elite League and change their name to Jersey Blues FC. The WPSL is a largely amateur women’s soccer league which plays between May and August. Players are able to maintain their college eligibility while playing a high level of soccer during the college off-season. Last year the WPSL started a new top flight called the WPSL Elite League which housed many of the former WPS teams in what was a pro-am league with a mix of amateur and paid players. Those WPS teams are now moving into the new NWSL, an all pro top women’s soccer league starting play in 2013.
The Jersey Blues FC will continue to play in Northern New Jersey and will be holding try-outs on December 22nd for players looking to play in the highest level of amateur women’s soccer. The try-outs will be held at Millburn High School between 2pm and 4pm. You can register to try-out at this link: http://www.jerseybluesfc.com/#!tryouts/c14v5
Jerry Zanelli, Commissioner of the WPSL Elite League, said of the Blues’ addition to the league: “We are excited to welcome such an established member of the WPSL to the WPSL Elite league. The Magic – now Jersey Blues – are an outstanding organization that has always represented New Jersey well both on and off the field, and I am confident that they will continue to do so at this new higher level.”
The Blues are proud to confirm Erwin van Bennekom as Head Coach of the 2013 WPSL Elite team. Van Bennekom has spent two years coaching in the WPSL, working as Head Coach for both the Jersey Select and the New Jersey Blaze. Since moving to the U.S. from the Netherlands seven years ago, he has built an impressive track record, and is now an assistant women’s soccer coach at the D-I New Jersey Institute of Technology, while also coaching a number of teams at the Morris United / STA club.
“I am excited to be leading the team into this new level,” said van Bennekom, who had previously been approached to coach the Magic in the WPSL. “The WPSL Elite is an incredible level and a tremendous challenge, but this area is a hotbed of talent, and I’m sure that we can compete.”
Van Bennekom will be assisted by Jon Nash, who will also co-Head Coach the WPSL team with him. Nash is another UEFA B license holder, heavily involved and established in the Westfield / FC Premier youth program.