United Premier Soccer League Announces North Carolina Expansion with Lazers Soccer Club
Garner (N.C.)-Based Pro Development Club Joins UPSL for 2019 Fall Season
By: United Premier Soccer League
Based in Garner (N.C.), Lazers Soccer Club will begin play in the UPSL Southeast Conference Mid-Atlantic Division, and will host its UPSL home games at Wake Christian Academy (5500 Wake Academy Dr., Raleigh, NC 27603) in compliance with UPSL Minimum Standards.
United Premier Soccer League Mid-Atlantic Division Manager Andy Salandy said, "We really like Lazers Soccer Club and we welcome them to the UPSL Southeast Conference. Owner Cory Combs is committed to the young players in his community, and his club is doing some great things. We think he'll field a competitive side and has a lot of potential to be a special club. We wish Lazers Soccer Club well as it prepares for the Fall Season later this year."
Cory Combs is Owner and President of Lazers Soccer Club. A native of North Carolina, Combs currently holds a USSF National 'D' Coaching License.
Lazers Soccer Club Owner and President Cory Combs said, "The UPSL has a lot of teams now in North Carolina. The travel will be manageable because there are a lot of cities around Raleigh (N.C.), like Garner, that are all interconnected, so this is a tremendous time to get involved in the UPSL. We're going to give people in our community another option, because they may not want wants going on up in Cary (N.C.), and the UPSL is a high level of competition that we think will be right for soccer fans right here."
Tyler Grissett is the Director of Communications for Lazers Soccer Club. Brendan Morgan is Director of Marketing & Sponsors, and Michelle Sims is Director of Match Day Operations.
Lazers Soccer Club began in 2016 as a youth club and has grown to field seven competitive teams for both boys and girls and feature more than 100 players. The club plays in the U.S. Club Soccer-sanctioned First Flight League, will have its first North Carolina Youth State Cup participant this May.
"It's about giving an opportunity to local players to continue to play at a high level, whether they play in college or not. That's big for us. It's gives our youth club an opportunity to have something to shoot for and also the local players who may or may not play in college, it gives them an opportunity to play local," Combs said.
The club will announce tryouts and its upcoming game schedule.
About Lazers Soccer Club
Lazers Soccer Club is an American Soccer club currently based in Garner, N.C., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Lazers Soccer Club will play in the UPSL's Southeast Conference.
Founded in 2016, Lazers Socer Club 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/