ATLANTA, GEORGIA—One of the top players of United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) Georgia Division champion Kalonji Pro-Profile has been signed by a German soccer club Lüneburger SK Hansa.
Lüneburger SK Hansa is a football club from the Lower Saxon Hanseatic town of Lüneburg in Northern Germany. The club was founded in spring 2008 as part of the planned merger of the football divisions of the two sports clubs Lüneburger SK and Lüneburger SV.
Kevin Barajas has been signed to a contract by the German team.
On their official Facebook page, Pro-Profile is very happy with the next career of their player.
“We are extremely proud of the dedication and hard work you have demonstrated and are so excited to watch you take the next steps in his career,” the team said.
On February 8, Kalonji beat LAFC Academy 5-3 via penalty shoot-out to finish in third place in the battle of champions tournament.
Kalonji failed to reach the finals earlier after they fell to the visiting Chicago Nation FC 4-5 via a penalty shoot-out in the semifinals of the UPSL National championship last February 4.
Pro-Profile got its back-to-back UPSL Georgia Division championship crowns after beating the youthful Atlanta United Academy 1-0 last December 18, 4 p.m. at MOBA Soccer Academy.
The visiting U-19 team United Academy took advantage of their speed and energy to outrun the defending champion Pro-Profile but they were not successful in scoring a goal.
In the 29th minute, Pro-Profile’s Patrick Okonkwo was able to penetrate the tough defense of United FC and scored a goal.
Sensing danger, United Academy played more aggressively to force an equalizer.
However, the Pro-Profile used their experience to frustrate the goal attempts of United Academy.
UPSL is an American professional development soccer league founded in Santa Ana in Southern California.
The teams are considered regionalized conferences throughout the United States, and recently Canada and Mexico.
The league was founded in 2011 by Santa Ana Winds FC President Leonel López as a regional league for teams in Greater Los Angeles but expanded to include teams from 32 states as of the 2019 UPSL season.
Two seasons are played each year, with regional play culminating in a playoff system that crowns a single national champion each season.
The league features internal promotion and relegation with up to three levels in some regions; only clubs in the top tier Division I are eligible to compete for the national championship.
The league is a United States Adult Soccer Association National League within the United States soccer league system.