The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is excited to announce Springfield FC as a new member starting with the 2019 Spring Season.
Based in Springfield (Ill.), Springfield FC begins UPSL Pro Premier play in the Midwest Conference, and will host its home matches at SASA Complex (4600 11th Street, Springfield, IL 62703) in compliance with UPSL’s Minimum Standards.
United Premier Soccer League Commissioner Yan Skwara said, “We are pleased to welcome Springfield FC to the UPSL. We’ve experienced tremendous growth in the Midwest Conference in 2018, and the UPSL will continue to drive in quality Midwest clubs into 2019 and beyond. This will improve travel distances between all our Midwest clubs, which is important from a budget standpoint. Springfield FC is a club that will meet UPSL’s Minimum Standards. Owner Frank Rodriguez has maintained a healthy club with the ability to travel and win on the road, and now they’re ready to take the next step and become a member of the fast-growing Pro Development league in America. We wish Springfield FC every success going forward.”
Frank Rodriguez is General Manager and Head Coach of Springfield FC. A native of Honduras, Rodriguez, 35, is an Office Specialist with Illinois Healthcare and Family Services.
Springfield FC General Manager Frank Rodriguez said, “It was time to do it because we’ve been getting some great results lately and we’re ready to step up. Springfield is a great soccer community and I feel like we need a team like this to help promote the quality players because there’s a lot of talent here. The UPSL is a great league with an outstanding front office, and I want to help be a part of building something special.”
Springfield FC has had a successful run as a traveling amateur team since 2011, posting wins over a number of local college programs and even playing recent friendlies against St. Louis Maritsa FC (UPSL) and Joliet United FC (UPSL).
The club soon will announce upcoming tryouts and its game schedule.
About Springfield FC
Springfield FC is an American Soccer club currently based in Springfield, Ill., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Springfield FC plays in the UPSL Pro Premier.
Founded in 2011, Springfield 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).
United Premier Soccer League
The UPSL was formed in 2011 and currently includes more than 170 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 200-plus teams targeted for 2018 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).
Bookstock coming back to Jacksonville for its third year
The Jacksonville Public Library will be hosting its third annual Bookstock concert this weekend, September 22nd. Melanie Devaney, Chad Elliott, and Ben Bedford will be performing during the afternoon. There will also be a children’s concert in the morning with Kevin Farris, Duke Otherwise, and Mike Lockett. Bookstock will also include a craft market for children this year. In addition to selling items, kids can learn about running their own businesses.
These concerts are free to the public, and are part of the Friends of the Library Book Sale. This is one of their major fundraisers. That sale will be going on all day.
Springfield Police’s “Bridging the Gap” BBQ this weekend
PRESS RELEASE | The Outlet in partnership with the Springfield Police Department invite the community this Saturday, September 22 for the annual Bridging the Gap BBQ. This free, family-friendly event will take place at Jaycee Park, 2400 E. Monroe Street, from 12-noon to 3:00 p.m. This event brings the community, law enforcement and first responders together for an afternoon of food, fellowship and fun for the entire family.
Springfield communities host National Night Out events
PRESS RELEASE | In partnership with the Springfield Police Department and city officials, neighborhood associations across Springfield will be hosting events on Tuesday, August 7 in celebration of National Night Out. This annual event encourages neighborhoods across the nation to spend the evening outside with neighbors, police and community leaders. It is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.
Neighborhood associations across Springfield will host a variety of family-friendly events. These events are free to the public and residents are encouraged to participate. It is an opportunity to explore Springfield and meet residents throughout the community.
|Enos Park, The Avenue & Lincoln Park||Enos Park Pavilion, between 7th & 8th Streets||5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.||www.facebook.com/EnosPark
|Ernie Bankhead||Intersection of Livingston & Beech||5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.|
|Historic Westside||Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut||6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.|
|Iles Park & Harvard Park||Iles Park, 2000 S. 6th Street
|6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.||www.ilespark.org/events/iles-
|Laketown, Franklin Park & Lake Springfield||Firefighters Postal Club, 940 W. Lake Shore Drive||5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.|
|MacArthur Boulevard Business Association||Bites on the Boulevard, 1413 S. MacArthur||5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.||
(food and drink will be available for purchase)
|Boys & Girls Club, 300 S. 15thStreet||6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.|
|Sherwood Neighborhood Association||Vredenburgh Park, 100 Crusaders Road||5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.|
|Yorktown & Glen Aire||Navy Club, 3100 Stanton Street||5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.|
The Springfield Municipal Band will also be performing at Douglas Park on Tuesday, August 7 beginning at 7:30 p.m. If you have questions about any of the events planned, you may reach out to the associations directly or contact the Springfield Police Department at 217.788.8325.
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