United Premier Soccer League Announces Hurricane FC as Florida Conference Expansion Team
Delray Beach (Fla.)-Based Pro Development Club Kicks off UPSL Play Spring 2018
Based in Delray Beach (Fla.), Hurricane FC begins UPSL play in the Florida Conference, and will host its games at the Seacrest Soccer Complex (2505 Seacrest Blvd, Delray Beach, FL 33444) in compliance with UPSL's Minimum Standards.
United Premier Soccer League Commissioner Yan Skwara said, "We are pleased to welcome Hurricane FC to the UPSL's Florida Conference. Hurricane FC is a team willing to fight for its place in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and ownership is committed to the best competitive playing environment for their players while pursuing a UPSL National Championship. We wish Hurricane FC the best as it prepares to kick off this Spring."
Hurricane FC is owned by Luiz Franca. A native of Brazil, Franca, 47, played for seven seasons as a professional in Brazil's 1st Division, and moved to the United States in 1996 to begin a career as a youth coach.
Hurricane FC Owner Luiz Franca said, "Hurricane FC is going to join the UPSL and only the UPSL because we want to be on a national platform. It's a better presentation and we have high-level players that want the best competition and to play in the Spring and in the Fall, and we want to start right now."
Started in 2015 as a member of the American Premier Soccer League (APSL), Hurricane FC has twice participated in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Rounds, advancing to a second round game in 2016.
"We have a lot to offer the players of this area and we want to grow the Hurricane FC name," Franca said. "We're working on it and joining a national league like the UPSL is the right step forward for us."
Hurricane FC has a scouting relationship with AC Delray, a local youth club where Franca serves as a coach.
The team soon will announce its upcoming game schedule.
About Hurricane FC
Hurricane FC is an American Soccer club currently based in Delray Beach, Fla., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Hurricane FC will begin play in the UPSL Pro Premier.
Founded in 2015, Hurricane 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/