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UPSL Announces North Carolina Expansion with Moros Football Club

Raleigh (N.C.)-Based Pro Development Club Joins UPSLs Southeast Conference
Published Dec 6, 2019

December 5, 2019 – Los Angeles – The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is pleased to announce Moros Football Club as a member kicking off with the 2020 Spring Season.

Based in Raleigh (N.C.), Moros FC will begin UPSL play in the Southeastern Conference Mid-Atlantic North Division I. The club is finalizing its venue options in compliance with UPSL National Division standards.

United Premier Soccer League Mid-Atlantic Division Manager Andy Salandy said, "We're pleased to welcome Moros Football Club to the UPSL Southeast Conference. The direction for the club is amazing, and they have talented people in place to get the ball rolling. North Carolina's 'Triangle' is home to some of the best soccer on in the country, and Moros FC is making a difference in the community. I see great things moving forward for Moros FC."

Moros Football Club began in 2013 and has previous experience in La Liga de Durham, and various Central N.C.-based leagues. Moros FC will compete exclusively in the UPSL.

Hicham Khiara is Senior Director of Moros Football Club. Edgar Benitez serves as Head Coach. Imad Falk is Chief Operations Officer and Sales Director. Jose Manuel Molina Barco is Sponsorship Coordinator. Zakaria Saffar is Director of Communications.

"Moros FC was born when a group of volunteers decided to facilitate education and athletic opportunities, promote physical fitness, and teach sportsmanship with a desire to challenge young athletes and help them find opportunities to play soccer at the next level. We created Moros FC to compete in the UPSL, the best pro development league in the country. The main goal is to bring players up from our youth academy and ultimately give them the chance to showcase their skills in a national league. Our club will truly represent the different cultural backgrounds that make up the Triangle," Khiara said.

Moros Football Club is planning to create a youth academy with competitive programs for boys and girls of all ages.

The club will announce its upcoming game schedule.

About Moros Football Club

Moros Football Club is an American Soccer club currently based in Raleigh, N.C., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Moros FC will begin play in the UPSL Southeastern Conference.

Founded in 2013, Moros 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).

Instagram: @moros.fc
Twitter: Coming soon!

United Premier Soccer League

The UPSL was formed in 2011 and currently includes more than 300 teams in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, 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 500-plus teams targeted for 2020 Spring 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).

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