Lehigh Valley United
|Full name||Lehigh Valley United Sonic|
|Stadium||Whitehall High School Sports Complex
|Owner||Soccer Association of the Lehigh Valley (SALV)|
|Head Coach||Dave Weitzman|
|League||Premier Development League|
|2016||6th, Mid Atlantic
|Website||Club home page|
Lehigh Valley United (also referred to as LVU) is an American soccer team based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded in 2009, the team plays in the Premier Development League, the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.
Lehigh Valley United was founded in 2009 by the non-profit organization Soccer Association of the Lehigh Valley (SALV) to field a top-level team in the National Premier Soccer League, considered the fourth division of the American soccer pyramid and roughly equal to the USL Premier Development League, while also supporting youth development and coaching.
The team originally took its name from its youth club affiliate, FC Lehigh Valley United, and adopted "Sonic" from a corporate partnership with American restaurant chain, Sonic Drive-In, in a deal that lasted three seasons. This was also reflected in the club's logo, which was changed following the conclusion of the deal in 2012. The team shares its history and many former players with the successful Pennsylvania Stoners team, which won the NPSL Championship in 2008 but left the league at the end of the 2009 season.
The Sonic had a successful first season, finishing first in Northeast Division/Keystone Conference and making it to the national semi-finals in the playoffs. Following a second place divisional finish in 2011, the club returned to first place in 2012 and defeated Chattanooga FC 1-0 in the National Championship game on July 29, 2012, winning their first league title. Since 2010, Sonic has posted a remarkable league and playoff record of 46 Wins, 4 draws, and 7 Losses. In 2013, Sonic represented the NPSL in US Soccer's Inaugural Amateur National Championship. After beating the Croatian Eagles (WI) in the national semi-final (1-0) Sonic then played the Carolina Dynamo (PDL) in the final losing 3-1 in penalty kicks (1-1 regulation)
Players and staff
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Dave Weitzman (2009–present: 2009 PA Stoners)
|Year||Division||League||Regular Season||Playoffs||Open Cup|
|2010||4||NPSL||1st, Keystone 12W-1D-2L||National Semi Finals||Did not enter|
|2011||4||NPSL||2nd, Keystone 9W-2D-1L||Did not qualify||Did not qualify|
|2012||4||NPSL||1st, Keystone 14W-1D-1L||Champions||First Round|
|2013||4||NPSL||2nd, Keystone 11W-0D-3L||National Semi Finals||First Round|
|2014||4||NPSL||2nd, Keystone 8W-2D-2L||Northeast Region Semi Finals||Second Round|
|2015||4||USL PDL||10th, Mid-Atlantic 1W-1D-12L||Did not qualify||Did not qualify|
|2016||4||USL PDL||6th, Mid-Atlantic 3W-1D-10L||Did not qualify||Did not qualify|
- National Premier Soccer League
- National Champions (1): 2012 (Also, 2008 Champions as PA Stoners)
- Keystone Division Titles (NPSL):
- Winners (2): 2010, 2012,
- Northeast Conference Champions (3):
- 2010, 2012, 2013
- Ulrich Sports Complex at Lehigh University; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (2010–2012)
- Whitehall High School Sports Complex; Whitehall, Pennsylvania (2013–present)
- "LVU Sonic - About Us". FCSonic.com. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
- "F.C. Sonic Lehigh Valley to take the field in 2010". NationalPremierSoccerLeague.com. February 19, 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
- Stephen Prendergast (July 29, 2012). "FC Sonic are NPSL Champions". SoccerNation.com. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
- "Lehigh Valley United Makes Jump to PDL". United Soccer Leagues (USL). November 18, 2014. Retrieved November 18, 2014.