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UPSL Announces Florida Expansion with OFC Barca

East Orlando (Fla.)-Based Pro Development Club Joins UPSL
Published Jan 30, 2019

January 30, 2019 – Los Angeles – The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is pleased to announce OFC Barca as a new league member kicking off with the 2019 Spring Season.

Based in East Orlando (Fla.), OFC Barca will begin UPSL play in the Southeast Conference Florida Central Division, and will host its UPSL home games at Young Pine Community Park (5201 Young Pine Rd., Orlando, FL 32829) and UCF Soccer and Track Stadium (4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando, FL 32816) in compliance with UPSL's Minimum Standards.

United Premier Soccer League Southeast Conference Florida Division Manager Christian Vallejos said, "We're excited to welcome OFC Barca to the Florida Central Division. Owner Kevin Salas is a veteran of the club, which has made its own history in the State of Florida and deserves a solid platform to showcase its excellent players. We wish OFC Barca success as it prepares for its first UPSL season."

OFC Barca won the Florida Amateur Cup in 2014 and was a USASA National Amateur Cup participant later that year. A consistent entrant at the Miami (Fla.) Copa Latina, the club last competed in the now-defunct Continental Soccer League (CSL).

Kevin Salas is Owner and General Manager of OFC Barca.

OFC Barca Owner and General Manager Kevin Salas said, "The old guard of OFC Barca has moved on, so now we're looking at the next group of players and we've gotten a core together, and now we want to represent OFC Barca again. We've seen teams transfer to the UPSL and they've told us that it's a good league. From what we've seen the UPSL is the most competitive league in Florida, and we're excited to get started."

Roberto Neill, 35, is Head Coach and Manager for OFC Barca. A Brazilian native, Neill played as a youth with Brazilian club Santos and later for AJAX Orlando Prospects (USL).

Pablo Gutierrez, a native of Uruguay, will serve as Assistant Coach and Trainer for OFC Barca.

J.P. Reyes, 35, has agreed to play for OFC Barca. Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Reyes played at Orlando (Fla.)'s Boone High School before moving on to a professional playing career. He most recently played for Florida Tropics SC (USL).

The club will announce tryout dates and its upcoming UPSL game schedule.

About OFC Barca

OFC Barca is an American Soccer club currently based in East Orlando, Fla., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. OFC Barca will play in the UPSL Southeast Conference.

Founded in 2001, OFC Barca 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).

Contact:
Direct: 407-489-4552
Email: ofcbarca@yahoo.com

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).

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