United Premier Soccer League Announces Burbank FC as Western Conference League One Expansion Team
Founded in 2015, Burbank-Based Pro Development Club Joins UPSL
Based in Burbank (Calif.), Burbank FC begins UPSL play in the League One Western Conference SoCal Division and play its UPSL home games at Glendale Soccer Complex (2200 Fern Ln., Glendale, CA 91208) in compliance with UPSL's Minimum Standards.
UPSL League One Director Oliquer Oliver said, "Burbank FC is a club that has done a lot in a short period of time, and we're excited to have them join UPSL League One. The ownership group is led by Julio and Andres Donayre, brothers that are in it for the long-term. They want the best for their players, and we wish Burbank FC the best as they prepare to kick off in 2019."
Burbank FC is operated by a Board of Directors consisting of co-General Managers Julio Donayre and Andres Donayre, Sponsorship Director Sorush Sharif, Marketing Director Gill Garces and Social Media Director David Casillas.
Burbank FC Co-General Manager Julio Donayre said, "The club is anxious for higher and tougher levels of competition. Through disciplined management and vision, Burbank FC sees and opportunity through UPSL's promotion/relegation structure to grow our organization into an upper echelon club."
Ercan Ozdemir his Head Coach of Burbank FC. A native of Turkey and a former professional player in Europe, Ozdemir has won NCAA National Championships as a coach with both UCLA and USC women's teams.
Burbank FC has played in prominent tournaments and league across Southern California, including the Arcadia International League, the Glendale Muni League and the L.A. Municipal League, among other various indoor and futsal competitions.
"Our team has a very humble approach to the game," Donayre said. "We aim to constantly improve our play and the abilities of our players. 'Progress Always' is our guiding philosophy."
The club will host open tryouts on Oct. 13 at the Pacific Recreation Center (501 S. Pacific Ave., Glendale, CA 91204), and Oct. 14 and Glendale Soccer Complex, and soon will announce its upcoming game schedule.
About Burbank FC
Burbank FC is an American Soccer club currently based in Burbank, Calif., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Burbank FC will begin play in the UPSL League One.
Founded in 2015, Burbank 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/