Mass United, North Shore United Form Partnership

Partnership creates Mass United FC North Shore,
brings professional soccer to north shore

Topsfield, MA.- Mass United FC and North Shore United Soccer are excited to announce that they have formed a partnership. Mass United’s quickly-rising status in the adult game and North Shore United’s exemplary youth program will combine to form one of the most complete and viable soccer operations in the region. Together they will offer opportunities to players of all ages, from U10s all the way to Mass United’s American Soccer League (ASL) team. The ASL side will be named Mass United FC North Shore and will also have U23, U20, U19, and U18 developmental squads.

North Shore United founder Stefano Franciosa said of the partnership, “Getting together with people of this caliber, this quality, it’s always a good thing. Working with Mass United is going to be great because we’re going to be able to offer an additional piece to the program that is missing at the higher end, so players can go through the program and look up and have a goal. It’s an important piece of the puzzle.” North Shore United currently serves players age 5-18.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for both clubs and for players and coaches in the region,” said Mass United CEO Jim Antonakas. He continued, “Stefano’s dedication to the game is second to none and we’re very happy to be able to work with him and the great staff he’s assembled here at NSU.” The partnership will take effect immediately and become one of the larger soccer operations in New England with well over 600 players.


Mass United FC North Shore
American Soccer League, U23, U20, U19, U18
The new shield, designed by Mass United Director of PR/Media Michael Quigg, is styled after the “tri-point” hat worn by colonialists and pays further homage to the spirit of the American Revolution by incorporating the red-and-white stripes of the original flag of the Sons of Liberty. Prominently featured are the trademark orbiting soccer ball from the North Shore United logo, and Mass United’s iconic Rider figure and gold and blue colors.


About Mass United FC: Mass United FC was founded in 2009 to provide opportunities for local players and coaches and to advance the sport of soccer in the community.  They began play in 2010 in several leagues, including the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) in 2011.  The club can be found at, on Facebook at, on Twitter @massunitedfc, and on Tumblr at

About North Shore United: North Shore United was created in 2002 to address the need for a club soccer organization that would focus on players’ development. Over the years, founder Stefano Franciosa and his team of dedicated coaches have created a premier club, with a solid foundation for further development and growth. To learn more about North Shore United, visit their website-

About American Soccer League: The ASL will be the premier league in the U.S. to develop the next level of young Americans and promote these players to the highest levels of the professional game whether in North America or throughout the world. League play begins in August 2014. For more information, visit