United Premier Soccer League Announces Barilleros FC as New Midwest Conference Expansion Team
Founded in 2006, Kansas City (Kan.)-Based Pro Development Team Joins UPSL
Based in Kansas City (Kan.), Barilleros FC begins UPSL play in the Midwest Conference.
United Premier Soccer League Commissioner Yan Skwara said, "The UPSL Midwest Conference West Division is now complete as we are pleased to welcome Barilleros FC to the United Premier Soccer League. The team has built a strong foundation in the competitive Kansas City market, and is ready to step up to the national level. We wish Barilleros FC the best of luck as it prepares to kick off the Spring 2018 Season."
Alexis Susunaga, 19, is an Administrative Manager for Barilleros FC. A Kansas City (Kan.) native who started as a youth player for Barilleros FC four years ago, Susunaga is a Construction Science & Management major at Kansas State University in Manhattan (Kan.).
Barilleros FC Administrative Manager Alexis Susunaga said, "We decided to join because we want to compete and be the best, and we think that the UPSL is the next step for the club to take. We want to get out of our comfort zone and play against teams that you've never played, and the best amateur teams in the Midwest are in the UPSL. "
Barilleros FC has participated in the lucrative Copa Alianza tournaments in both Chicago and Dallas, and the team also plays in both the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL) and a local Kansas City (Kan.) amateur league.
"The club has grown to the point where we want year-round opportunities for our players, and we see the UPSL as the right place for our top players right now," Susunaga said. "We want to keep pushing forward and see what's next."
The club is finalizing its venue options in compliance with UPSL's Minimum Standards. The team soon will announce its upcoming game schedule.
About Barilleros FC
Barilleros FC is an American Soccer club currently based in Kansas City, Kan., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Brag FC will begin play in the UPSL's Pro Premier Division.
Founded in 2006, Barilleros FC 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 130 teams in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. UPSL is the fastest growing Pro Development League in the USA, with 140-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/