Alessandro Del Piero Announces Ownership Stake in UPSL SoCal Division Club L.A. 10 FC
World Cup Champion Del Piero Playing a New Role as Co-Owner of UPSL's Newest Promotion/Relegation Success Story
By: United Premier Soccer League
Del Piero, 44, played for Italy in three FIFA World Cups (1998, '02 & '06) and now steps into a new role with L.A. 10 FC, which is fresh off an unbeaten 2018 Fall Season to earn promotion to the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) Pro Premier SoCal Division.
"After a period of anonymity (you know me, I like privacy), I decided to share this beautiful experience and give credit to the entire team for the amazing results they've achieved in partnership with EDGE Americas Sports, of which I am a co-founder, and my business partner, Jeffrey Whalen," Del Piero wrote on his website.
In 2018, the club rebranded to become L.A. 10 FC and better reflect Del Piero's influence.
"This is an exciting moment for the club and we think this is an important moment for the UPSL and for lower division soccer in America. Alessandro is a great ambassador for the game and will bring a presence and globally-recognized name to everything the L.A. 10 FC is doing from this point forward," Whalen said.
A former Juventus captain and two-time Serie A Footballer of the Year (1998, 2008), Del Piero has become equally well known for his business savvy leading to the opening of his famed 'No10' restaurant in Beverly Hills, a broadcast contract with Sky Italia, and the fast-growing influence of the Los Angeles-based sports agency he co-owns with Whalen, EDGE America Sports.
One of the all-time leaders in goals in Italy's Serie A across 22 seasons, Del Piero was selected to the FIFA 100, a list of the greatest living footballers, and was also voted into the UEFA Golden Ball Jubilee Poll, a lists of the 50 best European players of the last 50 years.
He scored 234 goals across 585 professional appearances for four clubs, and had 27 goals for the Italian National Team from 1995-'08.
About L.A. 10 FC
L.A. 10 FC is an American Soccer club currently based in Woodland Hills, Calif., and a member of the United Premier Soccer League. L.A. 10 FC began play in the UPSL Championship before earning promotion to the UPSL Pro Premier for the 2019 Spring Season.
Founded in 2016, L.A. 10 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/
Page Updated Last on: Feb 27, 2019