Muskegon, Together Rising
The UPSL announced today that the league will expand, adding 11 teams from the Premier League of America (PLA) to its’ new Midwest Conference, effective immediately.
The Risers are coming off a 1-0 loss to Grand Rapids FC in a friendly matchup on August 19 that was held during the 2017 Midwest United Cup organized by Michigan Tournament Solutions.
Muskegon will join 10 other PLA teams, including Milwaukee Bavarian SC, Madison 56ers SC, Croatian Eagles SC, RWB Adria, Oakland County FC, Carpathia FC, Aurora Borealis SC, Cedar Rapids Rampage United, Elgin Pumas SC and Toledo Villa SC, as charter members of the new conference. Teams will start competing in friendly matches during the fall of 2017 in preparation of the 2018 Spring Season. Additional teams from the midwest are likely to be added before the season’s first kickoff.
Head coach Ben Reitsema is excited to see the development of the team and the city as the team moves to a league with 80+ clubs.
United Premier Soccer League Commissioner Yan Skwara said, “We are very pleased to consummate this strategic partnership between the two leagues. Connecting American Soccer is our league slogan, and this consolidation of new teams forming the new UPSL Midwest Conference is a testament to the desire of our team members to become one underneath a single umbrella of a Promotion/Relegation system. We are a step closer to connecting the soccer system in the U.S. that has been so fragmented for years as we now operate in four time zones as a National League. I personally want to thank Tom Zaiss and all the teams from Premier League of America that have placed their confidence in the UPSL. We as a league have an exciting future ahead of us, and we’re going to elevate the game together. We look forward to an exciting 2018 Spring Season with the addition of the UPSL Midwest Conference and its new team members.”
Zaiss, Acting President of the PLA, added, “All of the teams from Premier League of America are looking forward to being part of the UPSL family and helping promote the game throughout the Midwest.”
United Premier Soccer League
The UPSL was formed in 2011 and currently includes more than 90 teams in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. UPSL is the fastest growing Pro Development League in the USA, with 100-plus teams targeted for 2018 Spring 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).
The Risers play their home games at Monsignor Kehren Stadium at Muskegon HS, located at 1145 W Laketon Ave, Muskegon, MI 49441.