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UPSL Announces Northern California Expansion with Monterey County SC Jaguars

Salinas (Calif.)-Based Pro Development Club Will Join Wild West Division
Published Nov 8, 2019

November 6, 2019 – Los Angeles – The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is excited to announce the Monterey County Soccer Club Jaguars as a new member kicking off the 2020 Spring Season.

Based in Salinas (Calif.), Monterey County SC is a registered non-profit organization in the State of California, and will begin UPSL play in the Western Conference Wild West Division. The team will play its home games at Alisal High School (777 Williams Road, Salinas, CA 93905) in compliance with UPSL's National Standards.

United Premier Soccer League Wild West Division Manager Nick Arellano said, "We're pleased to welcome Monterey County Soccer Club to the UPSL Western Conference Wild West Division. Monterey County SC is a well-run organization, and they've chosen to add a top-tier UPSL squad to their over structure. The UPSL Wild West Division is stronger and more competitive with the addition of Monterey County SC, and we wish them well in preparation for the 2020 Spring Season."

Monterey County SC Jaguars Owner and General Manager Jorge Rojas said, "We've had friendlies against other national clubs for years and have done well. I think our club's structure meshes well with the UPSL's vision for growth. We took our time with our approach into taking the next step, but now we are ready for the UPSL's 2020 Spring Season. I wanted to make sure it was well-coordinated and that we had the right people on board before saying "Let's go." 

Rojas currently serves as a Salinas Union School District Board Trustee, and volunteers with a number of local veterans organizations.

LT Michael "Mic" Tomsic (U.S. Navy) serves as Club Director and Player Manager for Monterey County SC. Tomsic previously played with Real San Jose (UPSL), and has been with Monterey County SC since 2017.

"I'm excited to be a part of something big for the community here in the Monterey County. Soccer has been a part of my life since I was a kid and have always sought the highest level of play. I knew that Monterey County could have a team. There is so much talent here, and it was a shame that they could not be showcased. Now there is a team, and I cannot wait for Monterey County SC  Jaguars to get started and to make some noise in the UPSL."

U.S. Army veteran Dr. Pablo Romero (ret.) serves on the Board of Directors for Monterey County SC. He will be Team Doctor for MCSC Jaguars. A former member of defunct former professional team Monterey Bay Jaguars (1995-'99), Dr. Romero works in different capacities on several boards in Monterey County, and brings a wealth of professional experience to the club.

A multiple-time CalNorth State Cup champion, Monterey County Soccer Club currently features competitive and recreational circuit teams and programs for boys and girls of all ages, servicing more than 5,000 players in the Salinas Valley and surrounding areas.

The club will soon announce its upcoming game schedule.

About Monterey County Soccer Club

Monterey County Soccer Club is an American Soccer club currently based in Salinas (Calif.), and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Founded in 2013, Monterey County SC 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). Monterey County SC offers many different levels of play (Semi-Pro, Premier, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th), and also hosts a Women's Division and a Veteran's Division. In addition to its adult program, MCSC offers a competitive U8-to-U19 program, and recently launched a U5-to-U17 recreational program.

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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 UPSL national 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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