United Premier Soccer League Announces League One Expansion with Texas-based Azul City Premier FC
Fort Worth (Tex.)-Based Pro Development Club is First League One Team in Texas
By: United Premier Soccer League
Based in Fort Worth (Tex.), Azul City Premier Futbol Club will begin play in the new UPSL League One Central Conference North Division, and will host its home games at Gateway Park (4321 E. 1st Street, Fort Worth, TX 76117) in compliance with UPSL Minimum Standards.
United Premier Soccer League Central Conference Manager Matt Kahla said, "We're excited to get the UPSL League One started here in the Central Conference, and we're pleased to welcome Azul City Premier FC as its inaugural member. The Azul City Premier FC ownership is rock solid, and the Fort Worth market has already proven to be a soccer hotbed. It's a recipe for success and there's no doubt that the club will promote up the tiers here in Texas. We wish Azul City Premier FC the best as it prepares to kick off with the 2019 Spring Season."
Jorge Echeverria is co-Owner and Operations Manager for Azul City Premier Futbol Club. A native of Houston, Echeverria, 36, is Marine Corps veteran and currently is a Finance Analyst for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
Azul City Premier Futbol Club Operations Manager Jorge Echeverria said, "There are a lot of players that don't get the opportunity to play in college or take that next step because they never got that look, or got that chance but now is the time. It's time, especially here in Fort Worth where there's so much talent. Inocentes FC is proving they can do it at the highest levels of the UPSL, and so we just want to give players the opportunity to advance through the UPSL's Promotion/Relegation Model starting in UPSL League One."
Frank Corpus, 35, is co-Owner and Chief Financial Officer for Azul City Premier FC. Also a Marine Corps veteran, Corpus, 35, currently is a business owner in Ft. Worth (Tex.).
Azul City Premier FC's second team, Azul City Premier FC 2, is playing its first season in the Fort Worth Adult Soccer Association.
The club will host a tryout on Nov. 3 at Gateway Park, and soon will announce its upcoming UPSL game schedule.
About Azul City Premier Futbol Club
Azul City Premier Futbol Club is an American Soccer club currently based in Ft. Worth, Tex., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Azul City Premier FC plays in the UPSL Pro Premier.
Founded in 2018, Azul City Premier 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 300 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, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. UPSL is the fastest growing Pro Development League in the USA, with 400-plus teams targeted for 2019 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/