United Premier Soccer League Announces Alaska Expansion with Arctic Rush
Anchorage (Alaska)-Based Pro Development Club Joins UPSL for Summer Season
By: United Premier Soccer League
Based in Anchorage (Alaska), Arctic Rush will begin play in the UPSL Pacific Northwest Conference, and is finalizing its home venue in compliance with UPSL Minimum Standards.
United Premier Soccer League National Director Matt Kahla said, "Momentum is truly starting to build in Alaska, and we're pleased to welcome Arctic Rush to the UPSL. Alaska is important to the UPSL, and continuing to add quality clubs like Arctic Rush, which have rock-solid connections in their respective communities, will establish the UPSL in the Great White North for seasons to come. We wish Arctic Rush great success and look forward to seeing their talented players in action this summer."
Arctic Rush marks a partnership between Alaska Rush SC, an Anchorage (Alaska)-based affiliate of the internationally-
Mike Naylor is owner of Arctic North FC and will serve as General Manager of Arctic Rush. An Anchorage native, Naylor, 26, establish Arctic North FC in 2015, playing in local leagues. A three-year varsity player at South Anchorage High School, Naylor concurrently coaches Alaska Rush SC Boys 2006 and 2008.
Arctic Rush General Manager Mike Naylor said, "I personally think this is the next step for soccer in Alaska. For a long time us soccer players had to choose between soccer and staying home, and more often than not home ends up winning. Whether it's right off the bat and they don't go to college, or they do a year a junior college or at a four-year (university)
Brian Lux is Technical Director of Alaska Rush SC and will be Head Coach of Arctic Rush. Lux holds a USSF 'A' Coaching License and previously worked with Colorado Rush SC.
Billy Decker currently serves as Team Manager. A regular with Arctic North FC, Decker is recovering from an ACL injury and intends to try out for Arctic Rush when ready.
Arctic Rush soon will announce tryouts and its upcoming game schedule.
About Arctic Rush
Arctic Rush is an American Soccer club currently based in Anchorage, Alaska, and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Arctic Rush will play in the UPSL's Pacific Northwest Conference.
Founded in 2019, Arctic Rush 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/