United Premier Soccer League


UPSL Announces New York Expansion with Astoria Knights FC

Queens (N.Y.)-Based Pro Development Club Joins UPSL for 2019 Spring Season
Published Jan 14, 2019

January 14, 2019 – Los Angeles – The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is pleased to welcome Astoria Knights FC as a new member starting with the 2019 Spring Season.

Based in Queens (N.Y.), Astoria Knights Football Club will begin UPSL play in the Northeast Conference, and is finalizing its venue options in compliance with UPSL's Minimum Standards.

United Premier Soccer League Eastern Director Jim Antonakas said, "This is a great day for soccer in Queens, N.Y.! With new clubs with the caliber of Astoria Knights FC joining the new UPSL Championship tier in the Northeast Conference we are on the right path to creating a very strong Promotion/Relegation system on the East Coast as UPSL continues to implement its model across America. Best of luck to Darnell Olivere and the Astoria Knights FC front office in its preparation for the Spring season."

Darnell Olivere, 29, is Owner and President of Astoria Knights Football Club. A native of Queens (N.Y.), Olivere played collegiate soccer at Elmhurst (N.Y.)'s Vaughn College (USCAA), and the Marine Corps Camp Pendleton varsity team. After trialing with Rochester Rhinos (MASL), Olivere now is a professional airline mechanic among many other ventures including acting.

Astoria Knights FC Owner and President Darnell Olivere said, "We really believe in the UPSL's Promotion/Relegation model and we look at the UPSL like, 'This is our league,' (and) I feel like we can do a better thing here. We're going to run academies at five different sites, with the main one in Queens. We've all come together on this idea and we're all moving forward on this idea. We feel like Queens needs a soccer team."

Ahkeem Bailey is Chief Operating Officer for Astoria Knights FC. Jovan Gonzalez is Vice President of Operations and Communications, Wole Barnard is Director of Public Relations and Sponsorships, and Dexter Phillips is Event and Equipment Coordinator.

Astoria Knights FC also operates a reserve team, a women's team and a youth academy from Under-7s to Under-17s.

Astoria Knights FC soon will announce tryouts and its upcoming UPSL game schedule.

About Astoria Knights Football Club

Astoria Knights Football Club is an American Soccer club currently based in Queens, N.Y., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Astoria Knights FC will play in the UPSL's Northeast Conference.

Founded in 2018, Astoria Knights 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).

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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/upslsoccer) and Twitter (@upslsoccer).

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