United Premier Soccer League Announces South Carolina's Charleston United SC as Expansion Team
Founded in 2007, Charleston (S.C.)-Based Pro Development Club Joins UPSL
Based in Charleston (S.C.), United SC will begin UPSL play in the Southeast Conference and host its UPSL home games this season at Advanced Studies Magnet (1776 William Kennerty Dr., Charleston, SC 29407) in compliance with UPSL's Minimum Standards.
United Premier Soccer League Southeast Conference Manager Andy Salandy said, "There's a lot to like about having Charleston United Soccer Club join the UPSL, and it's great to have Stephen Wakeham and Charleston United SC on board. They have a very successful youth club program and now they are ready to diversify and take the next step into the Pro Development tier. We are looking forward to having Charleston United SC join the Southeast Conference."
Stephen Wakeham is President of Charleston United SC. A native of Canton (Mich), Wakeham, 49, is the Travel Soccer Director of St. Andrews (S.C.) Parks & Playgrounds following a career as an award-winning broadcast producer for local COMCAST and FOX advertising outlets. He has been involved in the Charleston soccer community for the last 13 years.
Charleston United SC President Stephen Wakeham said, "We're excited to join the UPSL. This is about providing opportunities for our players, our coaches and our club. We want to compete against the highest level available, and the UPSL is providing that for a lot of clubs on a local and regional level."
C.J. Macauley is Head Coach of Charleston United SC. A native of Scranton (Pa.), Macauley is a teacher at Mt. Pleasant (S.C.)'s Moultrie Middle School, and varsity soccer coach at Charleston (S.C.)'s Academic Magnet High School. He will coach Charleston United SC's Under-17s at the South Carolina State Cup in 2019.
Virginia natives Noah Garrett and Thomas Harrison will serve as Assistant Coaches for Charleston United SC.
"C.J. Macauley is a special coach and all the players really love playing for him," Wakeham said. "Charleston United SC will have an outstanding team of coaches for this group with diverse backgrounds. Our assistant coaches, Coach Garrett and Coach Harrison, have extensive playing and coaching experience, and will offer high-level coaching for our team going into 2019."
Charleston United SC's youth academy featured 17 competitive teams for both boys and girls during the 2018 Fall Season, drawing more than 150 players, ages 8-to-19, from the surrounding area.
The club intends to host tryouts beginning in January, and soon will announce dates and its game schedule.
About Charleston United Soccer Club
Charleston United Soccer Club is an American Soccer club currently based in Charleston, S.C., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Charleston United SC will begin play in the UPSL Southeast Conference.
Founded in 2007, Charleston United SC 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/