Knoxville, Tennessee. – One Knoxville SC announced today that it will join the USL League 1 starting in 2023 and will host its home matches at the University of Tennessee’s Regal Soccer Stadium.
After a successful first season in 2022 in pre-pro USL League 2, Wan Knox will join USL League 1 in 2023 to advance to the Pro level. The move saw the club move from his three-month pre-pro league to a seven-month fully professional national schedule. Additionally, Wannox will host all 15 of his home games at Regal Soccer Stadium, home of the University of Tennessee Ladyvoles football.
One Knox partner Drew McKenna said: “This step would not have been possible without the incredible partnership we have been able to forge with UT Soccer. We are grateful for the opportunity to host his 2023 season at Regal Soccer Stadium and grow the game here with Ladyvoles here in Knoxville. I look forward to it.”
“The Tennessee Athletics are proud to support the One Knoxville Sporting Club for their upcoming 2023 season in USL League 1,” said Tennessee Vice Chancellor/Athletics Director Danny White. “We are excited to further engage with the very passionate local football communities that exist throughout East Tennessee and support their continued success. We have two very strong football programs rooted in Lady Vols and One Knox SC.”
One Knox head coach Mark McKeever continues to lead One Knox on the field as the club enters the professional ranks as the club achieved a record of 13-3-1 in its first year.
“I had a lot of confidence in joining One Knox, and I truly believe that together we can build something special in this city,” said McKeever. “This summer, through our players and fans, we have acquired an identity that starts here and spreads all over the world. When we play under the lights of Regal for the first time, this club, our players, our fans and our city. Can’t wait to see it become ‘one’!”
USL COO and Chief Real Estate Officer Justin Papadakis said: “Benefiting from strong local leadership, One Knoxville has come to reflect a great deal on the community, and moving into the professional ranks only adds to that sense of pride. We look forward to seeing you on stage.”
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