Lowcountry United began in 2015 with nothing more than a vision. No money, no players, no merchandise, no championships or even a league to be part of. The vision of Lowcountry United has always been to provide competitive soccer opportunities for local players & to provide truly meaningful community reinvestment. I feel that we can be proud of all that we have managed to accomplish over the last 4 years. Lowcountry United has shown what can be accomplished by a grassroots club & a how to provide a club that your community can be proud of.
With that said, it is with a heavy heart that I announce that effective immediately, Lowcountry United will be ceasing our clubs top tier operations. Lowcountry United will not be competing in the United Premier Soccer League at this time. We will revisit UPSL or NPSL competition at a later time once LUFC is able to obtain additional investment. The focus of the club at this time will be to grow & develop the Lowcountry United Youth Academy along with focusing on the clubs long term partnership with Ladson Youth Organization where we will look to continue to grow soccer in the local Summerville/Ladson community by creating and offering pick up soccer and a secondary adult soccer league option.
It is with a heavy heart that I have to make this announcement as Lowcountry United has a lot of meaning to a lot of people. Unfortunately from the business perspective it comes down to sustainability and despite all our efforts we could not obtain any new investment or additional corporate sponsorships to help improve the clubs revenue position. While our social media and merchandise sales have always been top notch for a grassroots club we were not able to see the same involvement this season with our ticket sales. While this has been the ongoing theme of the club for the last 2 years it has now unfortunately caused us to evaluate the position of continuing as it is or work on building a long term future for the club and return to competition at a later time, and that is what at this time is in the clubs best interest. It is time to re-focus the clubs direction, spend the time that is needed growing our current partnership with LYO & developing the local youth players & allowing ourselves the opportunity to seek out and gain like-minded investors & local community sponsors who want to grow and support LUFC as we grow on a more sustainable pathway.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved with this club weather from day one or from along the way. I want to thank the coaching staff, the local soccer clubs that supported our journey & I want to give a huge thank you to all the players current & former who helped make LUFC the club that it is. LUFC is a club of the community, a reflection of what a small vision can create. I know we can be so much more and I promise I will continue to work as hard as possible to return Lowcountry United to the community at a later time.
Thank you for your time and your support & we will see you soon.
Alan Bahadori | Executive Director