United Premier Soccer League Announces Goldsboro Strike Eagles FC as North Carolina Expansion Team
Formed in 2018, Goldsboro (N.C.)-based Pro Development Team Joins UPSL
Based in Goldsboro, NC, Goldsboro Strike Eagles FC will begin UPSL play in the Southeast Conference Mid-Atlantic South Division and play its UPSL home games this season at the Bryan Multi-Sports Complex (501 S. Oak Forest Road, Goldsboro, NC 27534) in compliance with the UPSL's Minimum Standards.
United Premier Soccer League Southeast Conference Manager Andy Salandy said, "Goldsboro Strike Eagles FC is a great addition as we continue to add teams throughout the Southeast. Goldsboro Strike Eagles FC sees the value in the UPSL as a league, and will bring quality young players from Goldsboro, N.C. and Wayne County, to the Southeast Conference. We're excited to add more quality organizations from North Carolina, and cities east of Raleigh are growing as soccer across the state continues to be huge. Bringing a team into the league from Goldsboro will connect the other teams from Raleigh to Greenville to South Carolina, so this is good for the league and we're excited about the Goldsboro Strike Eagles FC."
Mr. Yacouba Ide Niandou is Head Coach of Goldsboro Strike Eagles FC and is assisted by Coach Hosvan Giron and Coach Jesus Pantoja. Coach Yacouba is a native of Niger, West Africa, and a product of the National Soccer Talent Academy in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Yacouba played for the National Team until age 17 and moved to the United States in 2004. He has pursued his passion for soccer via coaching and has received several recognitions, including high school coach of the year and Inter Community coach of the year. Coach Hosvan, a native of Honduras, and Coach Pantoja, a native of Mexico, are soccer fanatics that will be contributing their soccer coaching skills to the Strike Eagles coaching staff.
Goldsboro Strike Eagles FC Head Coach Niandou said, "We have a lot of talented players looking for a place to play after high school. These players don't always go to college and, if they do, then they need a place to play during the offseason. We have a lot of players that are looking for more exposure and want a place to showcase their talent. Our vision is to offer a platform for the players to continue building their soccer knowledge and to learn to work hard in a pro development organization so they can ultimately get the opportunity to play at the professional level."
The club is excited about the local community support it's already receiving and pleased that local businesses such as LaFevers Dental Team and Zaxby's have joined as Team Sponsors. Please contact Rick Sumner at 919-920-5246 if you want to get involved as a sponsor of the Goldsboro Strike Eagles FC
Goldsboro Strike Eagles FC has hosted tryouts and begun its weekly training sessions, and will announce its upcoming spring season game schedule in early 2019.
About Goldsboro Strike Eagles FC
Goldsboro Strike Eagles FC is an American Soccer club currently based in Goldsboro, NC and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Goldsboro Strike Eagles FC will begin play in the UPSL Southeast Conference.
Founded in 2018, Goldsboro Strike Eagles 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).
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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/