LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)– The 2021 UWS season will be the last for the Lansing United woman’s soccer club.
Club President and CEO Jeremy Sampson released a statement on the matter Monday, saying the decision was made after careful consideration.
View his full statement below:
After eight seasons of bringing competitive soccer to Mid-Michigan, Lansing United President/CEO Jeremy Sampson told our 6 Sports Team multiple factors led to this tough decision.
“There’s no doubt that the pandemic was impactful on a lot of people in our community and we had a lot of great sponsors who the pandemic had a significant impact on and there were some that weren’t able to come back,” said Sampson. “Was that a piece of it? Sure it was a piece of it. Was it the main reason? No. There’s just so much that goes into it from a financial standpoint, from a time standpoint, from a dive a passion standpoint, so it wasn’t one thing that really led to this decision it was probably a little bit of all of those pieces.”
Sampson also shared with us some of the memories that he’ll never forget. One of them, in particular, was seeing the line that went all the way back into the parking lot before the franchise’s very first match in 2014.
There are a ton of people who made the Lansing United franchise possible and Sampson is forever grateful.
“The fans the supporters there are as you mentioned so many people in this community who supported Lansing United that’s the message that I would like to convey to all of those groups is just thank you,” said Sampson. “Thank you for everything that you gave and really I hope at the end of the day we were able to provide some really cool memories. Whether it was a player who came in for a couple of months and how they have fond memories. I think for me it’s just saying thank you to all of them who helped me create some very very special memories.”
Sampson told us that several people have shown interest in picking up the mantle and keeping high-level women’s soccer here in the Lansing area. Stick with 6 Sports for continued updates on any new franchises blossoming here in Mid-Michigan.