United Premier Soccer League Announces International SC as New Northeast Conference Team
Nashua (N.H.)-Based Pro Development Team Joins UPSL for 2018 Spring Season
Based in Nashua, N.H., International SC will play in the UPSL's Northeast Conference.
United Premier Soccer League Commissioner Yan Skwara said, "We are very pleased to welcome International SC out of Nashua, New Hampshire to the UPSL and the Northeast Conference. The Northeast continues to prove a fertile region for Pro Development soccer, and International SC's ownership, led by Jared Barbosa, is ready to make a big impact both on and off the field. We wish International SC the best of luck as it prepares for the Spring Season."
International SC is co-owned by Jared Barbosa and Billy Holland, both former collegiate players in the Northeast.
Barbosa, 31, played at Salem State University and is a Guidance Counselor at a local middle school. He also operates LHIFA Soccer Club, a growing youth club in Nashua.
Holland, 26, played at Franklin Pierce College and is the Warehouse Manager at Rockingham Marble and Granite in Londonderry, N.H.
International SC Co-Owner Jared Barbosa said, "We've been looking to add another layer to what we've been doing with the youth club, we believe that with the addition of International SC that this is the missing piece to soccer in Southern NH."
International Soccer Club was founded in 1992 as a youth soccer organization led by John Paul Motta, the current President of USASA, and coached by former NASL professional player Manny "Boom Boom" Barbosa, father of current co-owner Jared Barbosa.
The name of the club reflected the population of the club and the growing diversity in Nashua, N.H.
"Motta and Barbosa impacted so many peoples lives then. In many ways, we brought this back to pay homage to them because they did it not for the money but the love of the game," Jared Barbosa said. "Billy and I decided we wanted to bring it back. We love the name. We love the logo. We think it fits quite well with what we're already doing.
Jerold White will serve as the team's head coach. Nelson Neves is the club's Director of Promotions. Joey Ortiz is the club's Director of Media and Videography.
"We are really focused on the organizational piece of our club, we have a solid admin team in place. We have a vision and a direction which ends with Nashua being put back on the map as a Premiere Soccer Community in New Hampshire. We believe that with a strong presence in the community, collaborating with existing organizations, providing employment and internship opportunities, implementing unique soccer programming, and promoting local business we can build and strengthen on Nashua's existing soccer culture," Barbosa said.
The team will play its home games at Rivier University (420 South Main Street, Nashua, NH 03060) in compliance with the UPSL's Minimum Standards. The club will soon announce its upcoming game schedule.
About International SC
International Soccer Club is an American soccer club currently based in Nashua, N.H., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. International SC will begin play in the UPSL's Northeast Conference.
Founded in 2017, International SC can participate in the qualifying rounds for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup through its affiliation and membership with the UPSL, the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).
United Premier Soccer League
The UPSL was formed in 2011 and currently includes more than 90 teams in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia. UPSL is the fastest growing Pro Development League in the USA, with 100-plus teams targeted for 2018 Spring Season. Each UPSL team is individually owned and operated, and is responsible for maintaining either UPSL Pro Premier Division or Championship Division minimum standards.
UPSL teams are all eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Rounds through the leagues affiliation with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).
More information about UPSL can be found at http://www.upslsoccer.com or by following the league on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/