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UPSL Announces California Expansion with Merced United FC

Merced, CA based Club Joins Wild West Division for 2021 Spring Season
Published Jul 1, 2020

July 1, 2020 – Los Angeles, CA – The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is pleased to announce Merced United FC as its newest Division I member.

Based in Merced, CA, Merced United FC will begin UPSL play in the 2021 Spring Season as part of the Wild West Division. The club is finalizing its home venue in compliance with UPSL National Division I standards.

UPSL Commissioner Yan Skwara said, "The UPSL continues to experience tremendous growth in Central California and we're excited to welcome Merced United FC to the Wild West Division. Merced United FC recently celebrated its 40th year as a club – a major milestone for any organization – and they're celebrating by creating a UPSL team to compete in one of the country's most competitive Pro Development environments! It's a great story and we wish Merced United FC success."

Merced United FC was founded in 1979 and is operated by its Board of Directors. Daniel Pulido is President, Christopher Bernal is Vice President and Valente Huitron is Adult Coordinator.

"We feel that our UPSL team will be essential to bringing together our community and developing unified support around one team that represents Merced. Our UPSL roster will be our First Team, motivating all players in our organization to continue training and improving until they make it and thereby creating healthy inspiration for personal development," Bernal said.

Home to one of the top youth clubs in Northern California, Merced United FC won the U.S. Club National Championship in 2018.

"Playing in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is a huge motivating factor in joining the UPSL," Pulido said. "Competing against the best in our region using local players and players from our youth ranks is one of our top goals. We want to grow the game in our area while building a community-supported club."

About Merced United FC

Merced United FC is an American Soccer club currently based in Merced, CA, and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Merced United FC will play in the UPSL's Wild West Division.

Merced United 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).

Facebook: /MercedUnitedFC
Instagram: @mercedunited

United Premier Soccer League

The UPSL was formed in 2011 and currently includes more than 300 teams nationwide. The UPSL is the largest Pro Development League in North America. Each UPSL team is individually owned and operated.

UPSL teams are eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Rounds through the league's affiliation with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).

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