Pipeline Soccer Club, one of the largest youth soccer organizations in the State of Maryland and whose mission is to develop players for collegiate and professional play, announced today the club has entered into a long-term agreement making Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Maryland, the home site for the club’s Harford and Cecil County-based teams.
The enabled Pipeline North teams, some of which compete in the Elite Clubs Regional Leagues (ECRL) and which draw players from throughout northeastern Maryland, to begin hosting training sessions at Ripken Stadium, has started January 1, 2021. The convenient location of the iconic Harford County facility will offer players extended opportunities for training on the Stadium’s multiple lighted turf fields, while dramatically reducing travel for families who previously commuted to Baltimore over the years looking for the high level club experience.
“Our success on the field has led to our growth and this agreement demonstrates the Club’s eagerness to invest in ways that allow that growth and the growth of our players to continue,” said Sean Rush, Co-Founder of Pipeline. “By partnering with the Ripken brand, Santino and I hope it serves as an additional attraction for players who wish to reach their full potential and to live out their soccer dreams with Pipeline. That is why we started this Club and we can’t wait to get started at Ripken Stadium. The surrounding counties have been deserving of a central training location and you could not ask for a prettier backdrop or location.”
The agreement with Ripken Stadium comes on the heels of another recent investment by the Club, which has grown dramatically since Rush and co-founder, Santino Quaranta, started Pipeline in 2011. The Club’s White Marsh-based Pipeline Performance Center opened in November and provides its 66 boys and girls teams comprised of more than 1,000 players with indoor space for training on a 4,000 square foot turf field, as well as access to physical therapy treatment and fitness training. The facility will also have space for club meetings and for classroom and video instruction.
“Pipeline is proud to partner with Ripken Stadium and excited that our North players will be able to call this premier facility, home,” said Tony Butta, Director of Operations for Pipeline North. “Rich in soccer history and talent, Harford and Cecil Counties are home to a growing number of Pipeline families, so we are excited that they will be able to train and play under the Pipeline banner without having to travel such great distances to do so.”
Pipeline, whose founders Rush and Quaranta played professionally and began their careers playing for Baltimore area club soccer teams, has produced approximately 300 collegiate soccer players and has achieved 16 state, four regional and two national championships. The Club has made a similar investment in communities throughout the Baltimore Metro area, including through its “Everyone Plays” program, which has sent a team of licensed and certified coaches and technical directors to schools in Baltimore’s inner city and awarded more than $130,000 in scholarships to players and their families in just the last year.
For more information about Pipeline SC, visit www.pipelinesoccerclub.