The American Pro Development Ecosystem Includes UPSL Talent
The 2021 UPSL Season is underway across the United States, with over 300 teams lacing up their boots each weekend. Formed in 2011, the UPSL is the largest Pro Development League in North America with a track record of helping amateur players attract pro offers. Here is a recap of the recent men’s soccer action in the UPSL.
UPSL NEWS: Despite a weekend stacked with competition, the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) saw eight matches from Texas to the Carolinas postponed due to severe weather. These games are scheduled for this weekend.
Four big matches highlighted opening weekend in the Patriot Division. Reigning champions Brockton FC United recorded a 2-0 victory over Unations FC in Massachusetts on Saturday, April 24. Leandro Alves and Nilton DeAndrade were the goal scorers on the night, and Benvindo Barros, a 2020 Fall Season All-UPSL 2nd Team selection, earned his first shutout of the spring season.
On Saturday, Bowling Green FC earned a 3-2 victory over AFC 615, the division’s defending champions. BGFC is 4-0-0 to start the season and currently sits atop the leaderboard with a game in hand over Music City Soccer Club.
UPSL Player of the Week:
Trystin Quintero, a native of Boise, ID, scored three goals in Boise Cutthroats FC’s first win UPSL Mountain Division season. Quintero is a graduate of Kuna High School (ID) and an alum of Blue Mountain Community College (Pendleton, OR).
Georgia Storm Joins UPSL
Georgia Storm recently completed the paperwork to join the UPSL Georgia Division I for the spring season. Based in Carrollton, GA, the club’s youth academy consists of more than 1,900 players.
Bill Rucker is CEO of Georgia Storm. Josh Bivens is the Club Director, and Stephen Bivens is the General Manager. Moving forward, Georgia Storm FC will compete exclusively in the UPSL.
“We are very excited to join the UPSL,” said Bivens . “The league is strong and it keeps growing, and this is another great step for our club. We’re becoming fully intergrated, with a senior first team down to our youth academy, and we can’t wait to compete against the other great clubs in UPSL Georgia.”
“We are tremendously excited to welcome Georgia Storm to the UPSL,” said UPSL Vice President Christian Vallejos. “This is a great organization with a great coaching staff. They started with a world class youth academy, and now the men’s first team will help us expand the Georgia Division ourside of Atlanta. We look forward to working with Georgia Storm and wish the club the best of luck getting started in the UPSL.”
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