Reading United A.C. (formerly Reading Rage) is a premier minor league soccer franchise based in Reading, Pennsylvania that competes in the United Soccer League’s (USL) Premier Development League (PDL)—the top men’s pro-am league in North America. The team is the official Player Development Partner of the Philadelphia Union MLS team. The PDL is considered the 4th level of soccer (comparable to Single A in baseball terms) in the United States below Major League Soccer and the United Soccer Leagues’ First and Second Divisions. Players have the ability to compete in the PDL throughout the summer months in a professionalized setting while maintaining their collegiate eligibility. Additionally, current and former professional players can utilize the PDL as a platform for exposure to the top professional scouts. The league is the proving ground for players who aspire to reach the highest levels of the game, while providing affordable family entertainment to the Greater Reading community. Reading United A.C. is the “club-neutral” provider of soccer camps, clinics, and great minor league soccer action.
In 1995 the USL professional team, Reading Rage was formed, with Berks Professional Sports providing the financing and ownership group for the team. After 15 years Berks Professional Sports has now charted a new course; refocusing on a partnership with the Philadelphia Union MLS team, continuing to provide top-level Reading based minor league soccer (PDL); and serving as a neutral soccer entity in the local market to assist ALL youth clubs, schools, players, coaches, and parents with soccer education, training, and development. Starting in the spring of 2010, the Reading United A.C. team and programs will begin, signaling a new era for Greater Reading soccer.