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UPSL Announces Minnesota-based Rochester FC as Midwest Expansion Team

Rochester (Minn.)-Based Pro Development Club Joins UPSL
Published Oct 31, 2018

October 31, 2018 – Los Angeles – The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is excited to announce Rochester Football Club as a new member starting with the 2019 Spring Season.

Based in Rochester (Minn.), Rochester Football Club will begin play in the UPSL Midwest Conference North Division, and will host its home games at 5,000-seat Rochester Memorial Stadium on the campus of Rochester Community and Technical College (851 30th Ave. SE, Rochester, MN 55904) in compliance with UPSL Minimum Standards.

United Premier Soccer League Midwest Conference Manager Cliff Conrad said, "Rochester FC is a great addition to the UPSL and the Midwest Conference. The Rochester FC front office is building their club the right way, and I look f forward to great things to come of Southeast Minnesota."

Rochester Football Club's leadership in comprised of Rochester (Minn.) natives passionate about for soccer, community youth, diversity, inclusion and promoting local talent.  Long-time friends Midhat 'Mido' Mujic and Muharem 'Moe' Dedic oversee the direction of the club.

Rochester Football Club Co-Owner Muharem 'Moe' Dedic said, "We've been hearing a lot of good things about the UPSL, and it's a big deal to have a Pro Development team for the local players in town to have something to look forward to. Right now there are youth teams but not something competitive, so to have opportunity to play competitive soccer and the chance to play in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is an exciting thing for this community."

Dedic and Todd Penz will coach Rochester FC. Kristin Zho will serve as General Manager. Adbul Noor will direct the youth development program.

The club will host first team tryouts on Dec. 15 & 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. CT at Rochester Memorial Stadium, and soon will announce its game schedule.

Rochester FC Elite Development Under-14 and Under-16 boys teams will be affiliated with Rochester FC and will focus on developing individual soccer skills, team play and good sportsmanship through mutual respect for the game and respect for teammates, coaches, referees and opponents.  An informational meeting will be held Nov. 11. For more information about Rochester FC's Elite Development program go to www.rochester-fc.com.

About Rochester Football Club

Rochester Football Club is an American Soccer club currently based in Rochester, Minn., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Rochester FC plays in the UPSL Pro Premier.

Rochester FC's mission is to be diverse and inclusive and support Rochester and the surrounding communities while building local talent and exposing players to collegiate and professional opportunities.

Founded in 2018, Rochester 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).

Email: info.rochesterfc@gmail.com
Website: www.rochester-fc.com
Facebook: facebook.com/rochesterfootballclub

United Premier Soccer League

The UPSL was formed in 2011 and currently includes more than 300 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 400-plus teams targeted for 2019 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).

Contact UPSL:
Direct: 310-415-5691

Media Relations:
Dennis Pope
Direct: 951-675-3963