United Premier Soccer League Announces Joliet United SC as Midwest Conference Expansion Team
Founded in 2013, Joliet (Ill.)-Based Pro Development Team Joins UPSL for 2018
Based in Joliet (Ill.), Joliet United SC will begin UPSL play in the Midwest Conference and is currently exploring its venue options in compliance with the UPSL's Minimum Standards.
United Premier Soccer League Commissioner Yan Skwara said, "For sheer strength of depth of teams, the UPSL Midwest Conference is going to knock people over, and we're pleased to welcome Joliet United Soccer Club to the mix for the Spring 2018 season. Owner Ulises Ornelas is a Joliet-first soccer star, and we love local ownership stepping up and demanding the UPSL's Pro/Rel Model. We wish Ulises the best as he prepares Joliet United SC for kick off in 2018."
Joliet United SC is owned and operated by Joliet native Ulises Ornelas, 26, an NAIA All-American Scholar Athlete and two-year captain of the Joliet (Ill.) University of St. Francis men's soccer team. Ornelas, who started Joliet United SC as a youth academy in 2013, will serve as the team's General Manager.
Joliet United Soccer Club General Manager Ulises Ornelas said, "We wanted to do something new in terms of representing the City of Joliet and its surroundings. We know we can compete at a high level so we said, 'Hey, if we modernize this thing we can represent Joliet in the UPSL, this great league up-and-coming league,' and with the support of my family and close friends this is possible."
Ornelas was a four-year varsity player and an all-conference and all-section player at Joliet (Ill.) West High School before matriculating to St. Francis University, where he earned a BA in History and will graduate soon with an MBA in Business Management.
"We want to represent the city, the area and compete, just compete," Ornelas said. "We have ambition, and there are good players around here who definitely want this opportunity. We have a lot of quality players who have stayed local. Some still aspire to go professional and this is an opportunity for them to be seen."
The club will soon announce tryout dates and its upcoming game schedule.
About Joliet United Soccer Club
Joliet United Soccer Club is an American Soccer club currently based in Joliet, Ill., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Joliet United SC will begin play in the UPSL's Pro Premier Division.
Founded in 2013, Joliet United SC 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/