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ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The competition in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is set to become tougher with the entry of the Atlanta United Academy in the league.
Based in Marietta, GA the club will be part of the UPSL’s highly competitive, Georgia Premier Division beginning this Fall season.
Atlanta United Academy is operated by Atlanta United FC (MLS) and serves as a developmental tier in the franchise’s academy system.
“We are excited to have our U-19 team join the UPSL this upcoming season,” said Atlanta United Academy Director Matt Lawrey. “The UPSL offers a high level of competition which will allow our players to grow and reach their maximum potential. My staff and I look forward to an exciting season and are eager for this new opportunity to help develop our players.”
The Academy program has a strong leadership team in place led by Matthew Lawrey who serves as Academy Director. The U-19 team is coached by Jose Silva.
UPSL Commissioner, Yan Skwara said “We are thrilled to welcome MLS’ Atlanta United Academy to the UPSL. Atlanta United is a first-class organization and they our joining our league at a time when the Georgia Premier Division is mature and extremely competitive. It is a great source of pride that the USPL will be serving such a pivotal role in the club’s player development strategy.”
The UPSL was formed in 2011 and currently includes more than 325 teams nationwide. The UPSL is the largest Pro Development League in North America. Each UPSL team is individually owned and operated.
UPSL teams are eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Rounds through the league’s affiliation with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.

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