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United Premier Soccer League Announces Palm Beach Spartans FC as South Florida Expansion Team
Founded in 2011, West Palm Beach (Fla.)-Based Pro Development Club Joins UPSL
Based in West Palm Beach (Fla.), Palm Beach Spartans FC is a registered Florida non-profit and will start UPSL play in the Pro Premier Southeast Conference Florida South Division.
United Premier Soccer League Florida Divisions Manager Christian Vallejos said, "We have a tremendous respect for Palm Beach Spartans FC as we welcome them to the UPSL. This is a club that has seen and won it all in amateur soccer in Florida, and it's an honor to have Cheddi Johnson leading his club in the UPSL. Good luck to Palm Beach Spartans FC as the team kicks off this weekend."
Cheddi Johnson is President and Head Coach of Palm Beach Spartans FC. A native of Jamaica, Johnson, 41, is a construction manager and contractor in South Florida, and operates Palm Beach Spartans FC with a team of administrators and coaches.
Palm Beach Spartans FC President Cheddi Johnson said, "This is what we do: We mentor through sports, specifically soccer (and) give an opportunity to young adults who otherwise might not have that opportunity. We're trying to promote undiscovered gems that have been left behind by the pay-for-play system. That's the crux of our organization – mentoring young people and to offer them a path other than crime, violence or drugs."
Richmond Dubriel and Nickenson Pierre serve as the team's assistant coaches. Dwight Amiel is the team manager, and Duianado St. Louis is the assistant team manager.
Palm Beach Spartans FC also features a boys youth academy in the Under-17, Under-19 and Under-20 age groups.
About Palm Beach Spartans FC
Palm Beach Spartans FC is an American Soccer club currently based in West Palm Beach, Fla., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Palm Beach Spartans FC will begin play in the UPSL Pro Premier.
Founded in 2011, Palm Beach Spartans 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 200 teams in Alaska, 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, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. UPSL is the fastest growing Pro Development League in the USA, with 300-plus teams targeted for 2018 Fall 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/