Five New Teams Will Join the NPSL
Soccer is growing in America and top-quality leagues are expanding, meeting the needs of owners and fans. Here are teams joining the NPSL for 2020.
American soccer is coming into its own … with growth across the board. The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is a high-quality men’s soccer league experiencing strong growth for 2020.
The question is, like in the MLS, will one of the expansion teams make a strong impact on the pitch and win medals in their first year?
Here are a few highlights of the teams joining the NPSL:
Fort Wayne FC, a new soccer team, will play in the Midwest Region’s Great Lakes Conference in 2020. Representing the highest level of competitive play of men’s outdoor soccer in Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne FC’s primary mission is to make soccer the preeminent sport in Fort Wayne.
“We are thrilled to see the Great Lakes Conference grow.”Cindy Spera – NPSL Managing Director
“The NPSL Great Lake Conference grows with the new expansion team Fort Wayne FC,” said Spera.
Fort Wayne FC will join the Muskegon Risers as strong additions to our Midwest Region. Home games will be played at Fort Wayne Sport Club (FWSC) in Fort Wayne, IN. The stadium can currently hold approximately 800 spectators.
Expansion team Las Vegas Legends FC will play in the NPSL’s West Region’s Southwest Conference in 2020.
The Legends debuted on October 18, 2012 in Major Arena Soccer.
During their four seasons, the Legends made the playoffs all four years and
went on to win four consecutive divisional championships. They hope to bring the
same success to the NPSL. With a strong ownership
group and an experienced staff, the Legends are confident that they can bring similar success to
The Muskegon Risers will join Fort Wayne FC in the Midwest Region’s Great Lakes Conference in 2020.
Founded in 2014, the Muskegon Risers soccer team focuses on creating a positive social and economic impact on the Muskegon Lakeshore through soccer. The “Risers” name was inspired by the “’Muskegon, Together Rising” sculpture that stands in the heart of downtown Muskegon.
“On the field, we understand the quality of competition in the NPSL’s Great Lakes Conference is second-to-none at this level of soccer.
Matt Schmitt – Owner/President
“We are thrilled at the challenge of competing each week to win games,” said Matt Schmitt – Owner/President. “From a business standpoint, we’re looking forward to collaborating with fellow conference members and showcasing the beautiful game in our community with high operational standards. With these two focuses in mind, we expect the 2020 season to be an overwhelming success.”
Fans can watch home matches at the historic Monsignor Kehren Stadium on the campus of Muskegon Catholic Central (MCC). The facility boasts a natural grass playing surface, a home section able to seat 3,000, and an away section with a capacity of 1,000.
Founded in 2008, Valeo FC will join the NSPL in the Northeast Region’s North Atlantic Conference. Valeo FC is one of the top youth programs in the Northeast. They are one of just four clubs in Massachusetts to have a U.S. Soccer Development Academy program. Their youth soccer programs have traveled internationally, winning prestigious tournaments like the IberCup in Spain and Portugal.
Valeo FC has several locations in New England, including one in Manchester, NH and five in Boston, MA. The club also operates a residential academy in Portugal and two training academies in Jamaica.
Playing its home matches at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD, World Class Premier Elite will join the Northeast Region’s Mid-Atlantic Conference in 2020.
World Class Elite Premier started as a private training academy with two men’s amateur teams playing in metro Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas. Now, the club now features 11 youth teams from U-10 to U-19. WCPE were the 2018 spring season champions in both the Washington Premier League (USASA) and Maryland Majors Soccer League (USASA).
The club is led by Kokou Assigbe, Babajide Saba, Idrissa Sesay, and Daniel Ankrah.
“We will strive to win it all, we always aim high.”Idrissa Sesay – Club Manager/Co-Captain
“We will involve our youth club, World Class Premier, by providing a professional environment they can aspire to,” said Sesay. “And, we will connect the DMV (DC, MD, VA) community through the game of soccer and give back to the area that supports us.”