Philadelphia, PA – January 14, 2012
Junior Lone Star FC is proud to announce its acceptance as the newest expansion team in the prestigious National Premier Soccer League for the 2012 season.
Junior Lone Star FC’s President/General Manager Paul Konneh stated, “We’re excited about bringing such a high level competition to the City of Philadelphia, most especially the Southwest Philadelphia community. We intend to develop a top-level team drawn from the club’s Senior and U23 teams as well as local college talents around the Philadelphia area.”
The team will be led by Head Coach Moses Gibson and Assistant Coach Bobby Ali. Coach Ali was at the helm in 2008 when the club’s U23 team won its first Eastern Pennsylvania State and USASA Regional Championships, including a subsequent USASA National appearance, while Coach Gibson led the team to the 2011 Eastern Pennsylvania State Championship and subsequent appearance at the 2011 USASA U23 Regionals.
“Playing at this level will give our players the opportunity to move on to the professional level,” Moses Gibson said. “In the coming weeks and months, we will be scouting for players who will be committed to reaching that level. As well as playing in the NPSL, our players will also be actively involved in State Cup Competitions.”
Junior Lone Star FC NPSL team is expected to compete in the NPSL’s Northeast – Keystone Conference which includes AC Crusaders (NJ), Buxmont Torch (PA), FC New York (NY), FC Sonic (PA), Morris County Colonials (NJ), and Pocono Snow (PA). The team will play 12 regular season games between the months of May - July.
Stadium and tryouts information will be announced later.
ABOUT JUNIOR LONE STAR FC
Junior Lone Star FC is an elite amateur soccer club based in Southwest Philadelphia. The club was founded in 2001 by West African immigrants, mainly Liberians, who migrated to the United States due to civil wars in their respective countries. The club’s goals are to provide the youth and young adults of the Southwest Philadelphia area with competitive and non-competitive soccer training and development so as to prepare them for collegiate and professional soccer. For more information about Junior Lone Star FC, including sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.juniorlonestarfc.com.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is recognized by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and FIFA as a Division IV League. It is the successor of the Men’s Premier Soccer League (MPSL), which formed in 2002. In 2005, the league was recreated into an expanded national league to accommodate teams from the Midwest region, and in 2007 a Northeastern Region was added. In 2008, the NPSL became a truly national league with the addition of the Southeast region. The NPSL features over 50 teams within eight conferences across the United States. This highly competitive league helps all the teams gain access to elite players to fill their team roster, including but not limited to National Team, former and current University and College, foreign, amateur, former professional and youth players. For more information about the National Premier Soccer League, please visit www.npsl.info.