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UPSL Announces California Expansion with Canelas FC

Hilmar, CA based Club Joins Wild West Division for 2020 Fall Season
Published Sep 18, 2020

September 18, 2020 – Los Angeles, CA – The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is pleased to announce Canelas Football Club as its newest member.

Based in Hilmar, CA, Canelas FC will begin UPSL play in the 2020 Fall Season as part of the Western Conference Wild West Division. The club will host its UPSL home games at Golden Gloves Soccer Complex (2100 W. Linwood Ave., Turlock, CA 95380).

UPSL Wild West Division Manager Will Bumgardner said, "Hilmar has a lot of soccer talent and we welcome Canelas FC as the town's second entrant into the UPSL. We're excited to see how that local derby develops and how Canelas FC matches up against the rest of the Wild West Division. We wish them the best as they prepare for next season."

Luciano "Louie" Oliveira is Owner and President of Canelas FC, which is operated by its board of directors. Oliveira is a local business owner and operates Hilmar Portuguese Bakery.

"We are excited to be joining the top Pro Development league in the country in the UPSL. We are committed to providing opportunities for our players to advance to the higher levels. We believe that the UPSL is the perfect place to accomplish that mission and we're look forward to building a local rivalry with Acoreano Sport and competing against the other UPSL clubs in the Central Valley," Oliveira said.

About Canelas Football Club

Canelas Football Club is an American Soccer club currently based in Hilmar, CA, and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Canelas FC will play in the UPSL's Western Conference.

Canelas 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).

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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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