Penn FC to sit out 2019

By Sean McCaffery, October 9, 2018

Ok so I used the headline to garner attention, though true, it is being done as they set up for USL League One in 2020. In light of the approval from USL to join this league they now begin the most arduous task of finding a location in the region as they put it, for a new soccer specific stadium, (SSS). WIth that, they have already arranged to vacate their current facility by the new year.  On this missing of a season, Owner, Eric Pettis had this to say, "We're incredibily disappointed not to take part in the 2019 season. However we remain wholly committed to finding a solution to our stadium situation and ensuring that we can continue to bring high-level professional soccer to our fans in the region. We look forward to launching a new era of Penn FC in 2020." Just this year they renamed from Harrisburg City Islanders as they were named since inception in 2003, this storied team is one of just 3 teams to get to the USL Cup twice during this modern era of the league. Further, they took the D2 USL title in 2007 and have met with much success in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, getting to the quaters 4 times.  USL Pres. Jake Edwards had this to say, "The lack of a serviceable stadium solution has presented itself a tremendous challange for Penn FC. We have great faith in Eric and his team and look forward to welcoming them bacck in 2020." Team VP of Business Operations, Anthony Rios added, "Not competing in the USL in 2019 is in the best interest for the future of Penn FC. We are not bidding farewell to the league, but rather saing hello to USL League One in 2020."