EPSL Welcomes Philadelphia Lone Star FC
#Path to Pro - #ProRelforUSA – EPSL welcomes Club that was founded to serve refugees which has risen to national prominence for success on the field and giving back to its community.
By: Eastern Premier Soccer League Communications
NEW YORK CITY, NY & BALTIMORE, MD – August 13, 2020 - The Eastern Premier Soccer League (EPSL) is excited to announce the addition of Philadelphia Lone Star FC from Philadelphia, PA. This tremendous club was founded in 2001 to provide opportunity for refugees in Philadelphia and has grown to be one of the most accomplished clubs on the east coast that now features a full youth club, a women’s team competing in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL), and a club in the USL2.
Philadelphia Lone Star FC boasts an impressive trophy case that includes winning two Eastern Pennsylvania Amateur and Open Cup State Championships, the 2018 Northeast Elite Soccer League (NESL) regular season, conference finalist in the NPSL’s Keystone Conference, and perhaps most notably qualifying for the 2017 & 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups.
EPSL President Bill George said, “the success of Philadelphia Lone Star FC on the pitch is tremendous; but of equal importance, if not more, is the character of the club and its ownership. They have been committed to providing opportunities for refugees and players that have not had access to elite “pay to play” youth academies and college programs. Philadelphia Lone Star’s values of open competition, equity, and inclusion align the principles of the EPSL and what we are trying to build as a league to give players and clubs increased exposure.”
The addition of Philadelphia Lone Star FC brings the total number of EPSL clubs who have qualified and competed in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to five including Lansdowne Yonkers FC, New York Pancyprian Freedoms, New York Greek-American, and VA United.
Philadelphia Lone Star President/Executive Director Paul Konneh said, "We are incredibly thrilled to have been accepted to compete in the EPSL. There are several factors we look at when we decide to join a league: flexibility, inclusiveness, and competitiveness. The EPSL checks all those boxes. We can't wait to start our inaugural season in the EPSL and compete against some of the best teams in the East Coast during the 2020/2021 season!"
The story of Philadelphia Lone Star FC is uplifting and shows what is right about soccer in the United States. Before making their first 2017 appearance in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, the US Soccer Federation did the following feature on the club
About the Eastern Premier Soccer League
Formed in 2020, the EPSL is a 501(c) non-profit corporation, which is owned by the member clubs and the feeder leagues. Unlike other national and regional leagues, the clubs and feeder leagues will participate in governance including the establishing of fees, prize money, and schedule in order to keep costs down and minimize travel. The EPSL is looking to establish agreements with other local leagues as either a promotion/relegation feeder league or through a cooperative league agreement to preserve and maintain the relevancy of elite local leagues by marketing as members of the EPSL. Through either pro/rel or this association of leagues, local leagues can collectively market themselves as entry points to higher level playing opportunities and leagues of choice for competitive amateur soccer.
In July of 2020 EPSL reached historical feeder league agreements with two elite amateur soccer leagues in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League (CSL) in the New York metropolitan area and the Baltimore, MD/Washington, DC based Maryland Major Soccer League (MMSL) to establish the first regional based multi-league promotion and relegation system in the United States. The CSL and MMSL have produced US Open Cup and National Amateur champions and have some of the top amateur teams in the United States so reaching agreements with these elite leagues is an exciting milestone in the history of US Soccer.
The EPSL will continue to make announcements on what clubs will complete in its inaugural season in the coming weeks and months. Due of course to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, actual return to play will be dictated by guidance from federal, state, and local health officials along with applicable soccer governing bodies.
EPSL clubs will be affiliated with the US Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), through their state associations and, as such, will be eligible to participate in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup qualifying rounds, the US National Amateur Cup and state and regional cup competitions.
More information about EPSL can be found at epslsoccer.com or on the league’s social media platforms.
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