United Premier Soccer League Announces Bay Area Expansion with AFC San Francisco Hearts
San Francisco-Based Pro Development Team Joins UPSL for 2018 Spring Season
Based in San Francisco (Calif.), AFC San Francisco Hearts will begin UPSL play in the Northwest Conference and host its home games at 5,000-seat Cox Stadium on the campus of San Francisco State University (1600 Halloway Ave., San Francisco, CA 94132) in compliance with UPSL's Minimum Standards.
United Premier Soccer League Commissioner Yan Skwara said, "The interest in soccer in the Bay Area is exploding right now and we're excited to welcome AFC San Francisco Hearts to the United Premier Soccer League. Founder Maurice Johnson has a vision for his club in the heart of San Francisco, and we're a big believer in both. We think this club has a big future with the right people leading the way. We wish Maurice Johnson and AFC Hearts of San Francisco luck as they prepare to kick off in Spring 2018."
Founded by Maurice Johnson, a venture capitalist and entrepreneur in the banking technology industry, AFC San Francisco Hearts is the culmination of a lifetime love affair with soccer.
AFC San Francisco Hearts President Maurice Johnson said, "I just got back from the United Kingdom, and I was flying into London and the first thing you see is soccer pitches. Driving around the countryside you could see that every little community has a soccer pitch, and a big reason why is promotion and relegation. Those communities know that someday they can move up, and that motivated me to join the effort to establish Promotion/Relegation in the United. States. You can see really exciting things happening in those communities, and I want to bring that here where there are a lot of players and a lot of pride on the peninsula and in the City here."
A native of Southern California with a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies from Western Illinois University, Johnson, 52, is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Inc., and will serve as the club's first President.
Bradley Burke, 39, a former youth player before going on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Business Economics from UC Santa Barbara, will serve as the team's General Manager.
"Bradley brings more than 17 years of experience in business development, venture capital, banking and wealth management to our club," Johnson said.
Supporters can download the AFC San Francisco Hearts app from the Apple and Google Store.
The team will host a tryout at Boxer Stadium (166 Havelock St., San Francisco, CA 94112) on Dec. 9, and soon will announce its upcoming game schedule.
About AFC San Francisco Hearts
Association Football Club Hearts of San Francisco is an American Soccer club currently based in San Francisco, Calif., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. AFC San Francisco Hearts will begin play in the UPSL's Pro Premier Division.
Founded in 2017, AFC San Francisco Hearts can participate in the qualifying rounds for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup through their 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 100 teams in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. UPSL is the fastest growing Pro Development League in the USA, with 125-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 www.upslsoccer.com or by following the league on Facebook (www.facebook.com/