The Fredericksburg City United (FCU) located in the city of Fredricksburg Virginia on the I-95 corridor has agreed to join the EPSL starting in the inaugural 2021 season
Baltimore, Maryland – February 23, 2021 - The Fredericksburg City United (FCU) located in the city of Fredricksburg Virginia on the I-95 corridor has agreed to join the EPSL starting in the inaugural 2021 season. The team’s leader Claude Maheshe shared his excitement of being a part of the EPSL. By joining the EPSL he believes that Fredericksburg City United will become a beacon of hope for young players in the community that are looking for an opportunity to continue their soccer careers. In a press conference Claude shared that it was important for the growth of the sport in the United States the promotion and relegation system is something he has always wished for. He went on to say;
“I believe that with the promotion and a relegation system, teams will be pushed to work harder in hopes of avoiding relegation and being promoted to NISA. Due to that fact, every team in this league will give their all on and off the field so that they may be the ones to receive that promotion. This will make the league extremely competitive and also more successful.”
Fredericksburg City United (FCU) was founded in 2014 by Claude Maheshe who served as the owner and President. The team had a minor problem with financial support and paused to restructure its future. In 2018 Claude brought back the club in a well organized fashion and ready to compete. The addition of Head coach Douglas Boateng has made a huge difference in the growth and success of the club. Douglas who is in charge of coaching has a lot of experience as a player and coach at a professional level; with that being said, he brings energy and his professional expertise to the club. FCU currently has more than 45 players at the moment. The team is looking forward to joining the EPSL.
Claude stressed that the opportunity to compete with teams from around the USA at the highest level has added a lot of spark and excitement to the club as a whole. He added “This is what we are here for. We have been working hard for this type of opportunity and we believe it is happening sooner than expected. The entire FCU club and myself are excited for this opportunity and will make the best of it for the pride of our community as well as the club.” Meanwhile, the EPSL is elated to have a club the caliber of Fredericksburg City United as part of our family. The commissioner of the Mid-Atlantic Andy Salandy expressed his feelings by saying;
I am very excited to welcome Fredericksburg City United to our EPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference. The Owner Mr. Claude Maheshe is very passionate about his team and being a part of a platform to help his players develop and be exposed to a very high level of soccer. His vision is to take his club to the professional level one day and the EPSL provides the perfect platform for any club with that ambition. I want to wish Fredericksburg City United all the best in our upcoming Spring 2021 season.
About the Eastern Premier Soccer League
Formed in 2020, the EPSL is a 501(c) non-profit 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 2020 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. More information about EPSL can be found at www.epslsoccer.com or on the league’s social media platforms @epslsoccer 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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