Upward Stars Announce Schedule For First NPSL Season

April 09, 2014

Upward Stars NPSL Schedule 2014 Ten-game slate will pit team against elite competition throughout the Carolinas

Spartanburg – April 9, 2014 – The Upward Stars have announced the schedule for their inaugural season in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).

Beginning next season the Upward Stars will play their home games at the Upward Star Center, a multi-sport complex located in Spartanburg that is scheduled to open in September 2014. They will play at various facilities throughout the Upstate in the interim. 

Members of the NPSL’s South Atlantic conference, the Upward Stars will open their season against the Carolina Railhawks Under-23 squad, the defending United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) U-23 national champions.  

Stars coach Paul Henson said that the first game against the Railhawks, to be held May 16 at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, “will provide an early insight into this level of play, and promises to be a memorable evening signaling the move to performance soccer programming at Upward Sports.”

Following the Railhawks game, the Upward Stars will have four more home games during the remainder of its ten-game regular season schedule. Three of those games will take place at USC Upstate, while the showdown with Rock Hill’s FC Carolina Discovery on June 6 will be held at Clemson University and is being billed as the “Battle of the Upstate.”

“We hope that that becomes a tradition that lasts for many years to come,” Henson said of the fledgling rivalry. 

The team roster, which is set to be finalized in early May, is expected to include coaches and players from nine different countries and four different continents. Players hail from nearly every tier of collegiate soccer, including the NCAA, NAIA, NCCAA, and NJCAA. The roster will also consist of players with more advanced experience, and some who have graduated from Major League Soccer team academies. Henson called the group of players “an exciting mix of youth and experience.”

“We are really looking forward to our NPSL season,” said Caz McCaslin, president and founder of Upward Sports. “We have total confidence that Paul Henson and his staff will field a highly competitive team, and establish themselves as an important piece of Upward Sports’ mission to promote the discovery of Jesus through sports.”

Upward Stars home games indicated in bold

Date

Opponent

Location

Start Time

May 16

Carolina Railhawks U23s  

Bob Jones University  

7 p.m.

May 21

FC Carolina Discovery

USC Upstate

7 p.m.

May 24

Gate City FC

Jamieson Stadium

7 p.m.

June 6

FC Carolina Discovery

Clemson University

7 p.m.

June 11   

Myrtle Beach Mutiny

USC Upstate

7 p.m.

June 17

Myrtle Beach Mutiny

Ashley Booth Field

7 p.m.

June 20

Carolina Railhawks U23s

Wake Med Stadium

7 p.m.

June 28

Gate City FC

USC Upstate

7 p.m.

July 9

FC Carolina Discovery

Manchester Meadows

7 p.m.

July 11

Myrtle Beach Mutiny

Ashley Booth Field

7 p.m.

About Upward Sports

Established in 1995, Upward Sports, a 501c3, is the world’s largest Christian sports league for youth athletics. The mission of Upward Sports is to promote the discovery of Jesus through sports. Upward Sports provides valuable resources that aid in planning, training, and executing these first-class, organized, and detailed sports offerings. Upward Sports’ values focus on faith, integrity, service, discipline, and youth. Today approximately 500,000 players participate in Upward recreation clinics, camps, and leagues annually in 47 U.S. states and 72 countries, hosted by over 2,000 church partners. Over the past 18 years, over 4.5 million young athletes and 1 million leaders have been involved with the program.

In 2012 Upward Sports created a performance division for basketball and volleyball, known as Upward Stars. This expansion is aimed at young athletes wanting to further develop their skills and participate in a higher level of competition. 

Upward Sports is the only youth multi-sports organization that offers the 360 Progression, a uniquely designed total sports experience that adapts and expands as players develop and grow in their personal athletic journey, creating individuals with strong character, confidence, and spirit. It is our desire to provide a place to play for athletes of every skill level. Learn more at www.upward.org.

About NPSL

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 United States 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.