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UPSL Announces Florida Expansion with Palm Beach Stars

Palm Beach, FL based Club Joins Southeast Conference for 2020 Fall Season
Published Sep 10, 2020

September 10, 2020 – Los Angeles, CA – The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is pleased to announce Palm Beach Stars as its newest Division I member.

Based in Palm Beach, FL, the club will begin UPSL play in the 2020 Fall Season as part of the Southeast Conference Florida South Division. The club is finalizing its home venue in compliance with UPSL National Division I standards.

UPSL Vice President Christian Vallejos said, "We are excited to welcome Palm Beach Stars to the UPSL. The confidence that new investors are showing in the growth of the UPSL is amazing. Palm Beach is crazy about soccer and talent just pours out of that community. We expect this club to perform well on and off the field and look forward to seeing the Palm Beach Stars on the pitch."

Palm Beach Stars is operated by its board of directors. Tony Iafrate is Chief Operating Officer and President of Soccer Operations. Iafrate, a former FIFA player agent, previously worked in the front office of Miami United FC (USL) and is the founder and then CEO of Miami Beach Club de Futbol (UPSL).

"I truly believe in the potential of the Palm Beach area and I am confident that we can build something unique in the community. Our first goal is to give the Palm Beach area a soccer team to be proud of," Iafrate said. "We are choosing the UPSL because the league is constantly growing and it's the right format for the players that need to develop their skills and get more experience, especially in the Florida South Division where there are 5-to-6 teams that play at such a high level."

Former Argentinian international player Jose Luis Villarreal has agreed to serve as Head Coach of Palm Beach Stars. Villarreal played for Boca Juniors, River Plate and Atletico Madrid during his professional career and was previously head coach of Jacksonville Armada (NASL). David Cerutti is Assistant Coach.

"It's great for soccer to have a manager like Jose. With his personality, character and his experience, this team will definitely be successful," Iafrate said.

Federico Balbis is Athletic Trainer, Jose Andres Barrio is Sporting Director, Gustavo Cersosimo is Team Manager and Sofia Villarreal is Head of Front Office.

About Palm Beach Stars

Palm Beach Stars is an American Soccer club currently based in Palm Beach, FL, and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Palm Beach Stars will play in the UPSL's Southeast Conference.

Palm Beach Stars 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).

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United Premier Soccer League

The UPSL was formed in 2011 and currently includes more than 300 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).

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