Shawnee Soccer Club and Southwest United S.C. Announce Merger

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Metro United Soccer Club is a non-profit organization serving the Lenexa, Shawnee Mission, Desoto, Olathe, and Kansas City, Kansas School area communities.

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Shawnee Soccer Club and Southwest United Soccer Club have been neighbors for literally decades. Now, they will be bringing the best of both their worlds together to present the area youth soccer market what they consider to be a truly unique offering.

The new organization has chosen the name of Metro United S.C. The club’s competitive program will be KC Fusion, which is also the current competitive program for Southwest United.

“Southwest United and Shawnee Soccer Club have co-existed as neighbors and competitors for a very long time,” said Phil Crosley, current Shawnee S.C. President and President-Elect of Metro United. “We’ve had discussions on and off about coming together, but in 2010 those discussions really started to have some traction. The deeper we got into dialogue, the more we saw just how similar in philosophies both clubs were and how much sense it made to bring the organizations together.”

Nick Disidore, current Southwest United President and an executive board member of Metro United said “These are two clubs who have held firm to their core values of being a not-for-profit organization, focused on delivering a high quality soccer experience at both the recreational and competitive levels and at an affordable price. We firmly believe that by joining forces we will bring a unique and attractive product to the soccer families of Kansas City.”

The predecessor clubs currently each have a Director of Coaching, both of whom will continue on with the new organization. Nate Houser, presently the DOC at Southwest United and also the head men’s and women’s soccer coach at Baker University will be MUSC’s DOC for the boys’ programs, both recreational and competitive. Alan Jones, presently with Shawnee S.C., will have a similar role overseeing MUSC’s girls’ programs. Both individuals possess the USSF A license, the highest certification available, and will have responsibility for overall program, player and coaching development within the club.

“We are delighted that both Alan and Nate will be continuing on with Metro United.” stated Crosley, “These are two of the most respected soccer individuals in the community and bring tremendous experience and expertise to bear in enhancing both the recreational and competitive programs.”

“Nate and I will be working in concert to ensure that our recreational program and coaches will be in sync with overall goals and objectives that are age appropriate,” indicated Jones. Houser added, “While the KC Fusion program will be adopting an Academy approach to provide a very competitive environment for those players at the highest skill level, we will also be continuing to provide opportunities for parent coaches in the program as well.”

Tryouts for the KC Fusion competitive teams will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 11th and 12th, at Stump Park in Shawnee, Kansas. Additional information regarding Metro United S.C. and KC Fusion tryouts can be found at

Crosley indicated that the club expects to have over 4,000 players within their two programs.


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