FC Santa Clarita Storm

Club History



In 2006 United Sports International was formed so that the Lancaster Rattlers could be born. In the Antelope Valley, CA sits two sister cities; Lancaster & Palmdale. The area at that time was one of the biggest avenues for soccer in Southern California, in Lancaster sits the Lancaster National Soccer Center; the biggest soccer center west of Missouri, with 32 full-size fields 4 regulation FIFA fields and two large meeting and rec rooms with facilities for camps and classroom type training.  It is Lancaster where United Sports Int. decided to begin their franchise. The Lancaster National Soccer Center was the training center for the team while playing there games at the local high schools. Pete Knight, Palmdale, and Antelope Valley High School. In 2007 their first year as a franchise the PDL team held an exhibition game with the Los Angeles Galaxy, in front of 2,700 fans the Rattlers fell to a 6-1 score but gave local fans and players a thrill. In 2008 the team held host to the MLS team the Chivas USA and the Chivas under 20 teams competed with the Rattlers Under 20squad. With a taste of the Exhibition games, they went on to host Mexico’s Under 20, 21 national teams as well as its first International victory beating Puebla FC of the Mexican Professional League by a score of 3-1in 2009.

 United Sports International made a long-awaited decision to move to the N.P.S.L (National Premier Soccer League), they also made an even better decision to detach themselves from the city of Lancaster and change their name to Rattlers F.C. move their home field back to Palmdale High. In 2011 the Rattlers F.C finished their first season in their new league with a record of 3-11-0. Throughout their five years in the Antelope Valley, the Rattler's sole intention was to bring the talent of the Antelope Valley the opportunity to expand their career. After careful consideration of the lack of community and city support the family of United Sports International decided to move away from the Antelope Valley. The organization traveled south to Santa Clarita and meet with city officials and were fortunate enough to be welcomed with open arms by the City. United Sports International's inaugural season in Santa Clarita was in 2012 as The Storm and was the organizations best season yet; finishing 2nd place with a record of 8-2-2, and was ranked by ESPNLA 6th overall in Southern California among all professional teams In the 2013 season your Storm finished in third place in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference, & just missed second place and the playoffs on a very controversial finish. We are honored to be a part of the Santa Clarita Valley and excited to have the opportunity to add to the growth and development of this beautiful city. Since moving to Santa Clarita the Storm is proud to see three players go on to the professional ranks. Aaron Perez Goal Keeper sign in 2012 with LA Blues of the USL Pro division III and Alex Harley sign to the Atlanta Silverbacks of the National Premier Soccer League division II, and Miguel Ibarra now in his third year with the Minnesota United of the NASL and in 2014 made his first appearance with the US Men's National Team. In 2015 Miguel's contract was sold to Leon of the Mexican Professional League. 

2014- After the NPSL Southern Conference had lost teams and facing a season of only 12 to 14 games the Storm made another move and signed to play in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL), a fast-growing league based in Southern California with 40 teams and a longer more professional schedule of over 20 games and will participate in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Qualifiers. www.upslsoccer.com  Follow the Storm at www.santaclaritastorm.net 

Futbol Club Santa Clarita is now entering is 14th year and the 5th year in the UPSL playing in Division 1 the Pro Premier Division. UPSL has now grown to the Largest National League in the United States with over 300 teams nationwide and sanctioned by USASA as a National League of US Soccer.