United Premier Soccer League Announces Texas Spurs FC as New Central Conference Expansion Team
Founded in 1998, Allen (Tex.)-Based Pro Development Club Joins UPSL for 2018
By: United Premier Soccer League
Based in Allen (Tex.), Texas Spurs FC begins UPSL play in the Central Conference, and will host its home games at Willow Springs Middle School (1101 W. Lucas Rd., Lucas, TX 75002) in compliance with UPSL's Minimum Standards.
United Premier Soccer League Commissioner Yan Skwara said, "The UPSL is increasing its presence in Texas, and this is a big move. We're pleased to welcome Texas Spurs FC to the UPSL Central Conference. Ed Puskarich has spent his professional life in the game, and Texas Spurs has built a strong Pro Development program in the Lone Star State. We think they're a natural fit for the UPSL and we wish Ed Puskarich and the Texas Spurs the best of success as they prepare to kick off this Spring."
Ed Puskarich, 55, is Owner of Texas Spurs FC. A member of the SMU (NCAA) football team that won the 1983 Cotton Bowl, Puskarich had an extensive professional soccer career beginning in 1984 and extending to the first season of the Dallas Burn (MLS) in 1996. He also was a member of the United States Men's National Team Official Player Pool for the 1994 World Cup.
Texas Spurs FC Owner Ed Puskarich said, "I've been looking for an opportunity to get my players into a more professionally-
Puskarich briefly returned to professional soccer in 2000 with the Texas Rattlers (USL D3 Pro). In 2001, the league became the PDL and the Rattlers, under new ownership, re-branded as the Texas Spurs. Puskarich was the first Spurs' first Head Coach.
"It's the time to get my boys exposure to the next level and allow them to continue to chase their dreams of professional soccer," Puskarich said. "We've always had a men's amateur structure but nothing as good as the UPSL."
Texas Spurs FC features a full youth club with recreational and competitive teams starting in the youngest age groups. The club also operates a Women's Professional Soccer League (WPSL) team.
The club is hosting tryouts at Michael Johnson Performance Center (6501 Alma Rd., McKinney, TX 75070) on Sunday, March 18.
Texas Spurs FC soon will announce its upcoming game schedule.
About Texas Spurs FC
Texas Spurs FC is an American Soccer club currently based in Allen, Tex., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Texas Spurs FC will begin play in the UPSL Pro Premier.
Founded in 1998, Texas Spurs 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 140 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/