Story by Sara Paul
If you’re a soccer player who’s only dreamed of going pro, now’s your chance to kick those soccer dreams into reality! The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) has recently announced its new league member Fox Soccer Academy (FSA) Pro, which will host games in Warwick’s Hudson Sports Complex (HSC), beginning in Fall 2019.
Try-outs for individuals 18 and over will take place on Sun., May 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. and on Sun., Jun. 2 from 3 to 5 p.m., both at the HSC, which is located at 122 State School Rd in Warwick.
“We are excited to bring a semi-pro team to Warwick and Orange County. I know there are a lot of talented players in this area, and we look forward to giving those players an opportunity to represent FSA Pro,” commented Dino Hamzic, 29, a Bosnia native and former coach with the New York Red Bulls (MLS) Academy.
FSA Pro begins play in the UPSL Northeast Division, and will host home games at HSC in compliance with UPSL Minimum Standards.
UPSL East Coast Director Jim Antonakas noted, “I’m excited to have Fox Soccer Academy Pro join the UPSL Pro Premier Northeast Conference. I think with the world-class facilities that they’re establishing that they’ll quickly have a program to be reckoned with. To have a current EPL professional player, Christian Fuchs, and his wife Raluca Gold-Fuchs, as owners is truly a bonus. The UPSL really is gaining the attention of soccer people both here and overseas, and we’re looking forward seeing FSA Pro’s talented players on the field soon.”
Professional footballer Christian Fuchs, who currently plays for Leicester City in England, and his wife Raluca Gold-Fuchs, are co-Founders of FSA and HSC.
“Fox Soccer Academy and Hudson Sports Complex have decided to join the UPSL in order to provide Hudson Valley soccer players the opportunity to grow and develop with an elite soccer team that the local community can be proud of. The UPSL operates similarly to European leagues and provides a promotion and relegation system that is crucial to maintain a high level of competition. This opportunity will provide a foundation to develop players and create a pathway for professional opportunities,” Fuchs said.
FSA also currently operates a European network of supplemental training in Leicester, London and Vienna, Austria, Fuchs’ home town.
For more information, visit the HSC website at www.hudsonsportscomplex.com.