NC side Gate City FC hold the keys to 2014 NPSL franchise spot
NPSL added yet another club to its growing ranks this week, when Greensboro, North Carolina side Gate City FC was granted a spot within the league.
As an expansion side in the North-Atlantic conference of the South Region, the club will face a tough opening season in 2014, no tougher do they come than in the form of current NPSL champions RVA FC. Alongside the current champs, fellow new boys VirginiaLegacySC will also take the stage for the first time, CASL Elite, Chesterfield United FC, D.C. United and Myrtle Beach Mutiny complete the current myriad of sides in this conference.
Gate City FC is led by Chairman/President Justin Cox, Executive Vice-President Hayley Dunn, and Vice President/Head Coach Brian Japp.
Cox said about the franchise spot,
"With the help of the NPSL and after many years of research and hard work, my dream of bringing world-class soccer back to the great city of Greensboro has come to fruition. I am excited at the prospect of leading this team to much success here in my hometown. This expansion team represents a new chapter for Greensboro, which has a long, rich history of enthusiastic support for professional soccer. I hope this enthusiasm will provide us with a strong fan base and loyal supporters."Gate City FC will play its home games at Jamieson Stadium, which is located on the campus of Grimsley High School in Greensboro, NC. The 10,000-seat stadium features a Bermuda-style natural grass playing surface, press box, video message center, and elevated projection lighting.
"The mission is simple: create a nationally recognized, winning soccer brand along with an affordable family-friendly entertainment experience, and a unique marketing platform that will become the flagship franchise of a growing American soccer market." Cox concluded.They can be found at www.gatecityfc.com, on Twitter @GateCityFC, Facebook facebook.com/GateCityFC, or on Youtube at youtube.com/gatecityfc.
NPSL Commissioner Micheal Hitchcock said of the addition,
"Our NPSL presence continues to grow in the Carolinas with the welcome addition of Gate City FC."
"GateCity is going to successfully bring NPSL soccer to Greensboro which has proven to be a strong soccer market on all levels. We're confident that Greensboro will embrace the NPSL model of our community-based clubs who are committed to grassroots soccer while growing the game.”
Gate City joins Nashville Atlas FC, Virginia Legacy, Cincinnati Saints, Flower Mound FC, Temecula FC, Storm FC and Lansing as expansion clubs already announced for the 2014 season, with many more names expected to be unveiled over the coming weeks.
The NPSL is a national league that operates in the 4th Division of the U.S. Soccer pyramid. NPSL teams are eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup through their affiliation with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). The NPSL is the fastest-growing national soccer league in the U.S., operating in 60+ markets across the country. Two Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs, D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls, operate U-23 squads in the NPSL.
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