The historic amateur club joins semi-pro EPSL
Kearny, New Jersey – June 30th, 2021 - The Eastern Premier Soccer League (EPSL) is excited to announce the addition of a historically connected soccer club, the Kearny Scots AC based in the town of Kearny, New Jersey for the fall 2021 season. The team will start competition play in the 2021-22 fall season in the EPSL’s Metropolitan Conference. The club has long historic ties to what was known as “Soccer Town USA” in the 1990’s when several USA national team players were discovered from the town of Kearny. Even more what makes the club unique is the deep-rooted connection it has to the Scottish immigrants that arrived in the town for jobs in the textile mills. It was during this time that the name Kearny Scots AC was created and joined the National Association Football League in 1895.
In a press conference held last week Chairman of Football Operations & President of the Scots Club - Andrew Pollock spoke a little bit about the history of the team and how it can serve as a re-emergence of the club now. He went on to say: "The working Scottish immigrants are said to have brought the game to the community, nurtured and handed it down to generations, the game was alive and well, the teams renowned in the West Hudson communities of Kearny, East Newark and Harrison. Players emerged, and to top levels for some. Kearny Scots one of the premier teams of the early years, lives on today in these new players. Not necessarily Scottish or Irish anymore, but the foundations built by those early immigrants are here and well. Now the working class of folks who have made the community home, who hail from many other countries and backgrounds are here carrying on these traditions and love for the beautiful game we still call football. This team reflects just that, and I am truly excited for the start of this team, Kearny Scots AC."
Meanwhile, the technical director of the club Marin Frasheri-Gjoca expressed his happiness of joining a league that will allow the town to continue the tradition of the beautiful game. He said in the Press Conference: "It's an exciting time for the club and we are very happy to be entering the EPSL as it's a highly competitive league with other clubs that share history in US Soccer. We feel it's a league that is growing year by year; just as we do as a club. We also really like the promotion and relegation that the EPSL has established. This means every game has value and merit at the heart of all competition. We can't wait to get out there and compete and show how the Scots Club AC plays it's football".
The Secretary of the League Bill Marth welcomed the addition of the club with zeal and had this to say: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome a great tradition that comes along with the grassroots fan base that have been built over a long period of time. I am also confident that the coaching will be top of the line as Marin Frasheri-Gjoca is a class act. We are excited about having Kearny Scots AC join us as the league continues to grow.”
The director of communications for the club Dave Reichers talked about the long tradition of the club and its 80-year history in the town of Kearny and how it has left a huge impact within the community. He went on to express that the new re-formation of the club will allow the current generation to continue its legacy of community. He went on to say: “On top of winning on the pitch; we plan to win in the community by providing platforms for small businesses affected by COVID-19 to thrive as part of the new generation of footballers that will move through the halls of the Scots Club. “
The EPSL congratulates the Kearny Scots AC, and the league looks forward to its second season with strong additions that will enhance the beautiful game and its continued growth here in the USA.
About the Eastern Premier Soccer League
Formed in 2020, the EPSL has reached historical feeder league agreements with four elite amateur soccer leagues in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League (CSL) in the New York metropolitan area, New Jersey’s Garden State Soccer League (GSSL), the New England Champions League (NECL), 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, GSSL, NECL, 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 is also an affiliate of the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) and EPSL clubs will earn the right to compete in the NISA Independent Cup against NISA professional clubs. EPSL clubs are also 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.
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