On March 31 North American Soccer League (NASL) Commissioner Bill Peterson was guest of Jason Davis and Soccer Morning. Peterson talks US Soccer, NASL expansion and Minnesota United FC.
“It’s where the game is in this country. I mean think about it. Last Wednesday that team and those players and that owner were in NASL at 10 o’clock in the morning. At 2 o’clock in the afternoon they’re in a different league. What changed? They wrote a check.”
With the arrival of warmer weather talk of the outdoor season in Minnesota is heating up. The state soccer scene is much more than Minnesota United FC (NASL), Minnesota United Reserves and Minnesota TwinStars FC (NPSL). USASA and Minnesota Soccer Association sanction several leagues in the state, including MASL and MRSL in the Twin Cities. This summer will see the debut of a new league: the American Premier League.
The five-team APL hopes to bring more attention to the adult soccer scene in the Upper Midwest and clubs from around the region have taken notice. A league-wide player combine is scheduled for April 11 at the Hopkins Pavilion and all players are welcome to attend. There is no fee, but a deadline to register is set for March 28. APL will kick off their inaugural season in June.
Minnesota Adult Soccer Pyramid
Originally posted at http://americanpremierleague.sportssignup.com/site/ClientSite/article/712951
American Premier League will be hosting an open tryout on Saturday, April 11. Staff from all five APL clubs will be evaluating players for the upcoming 2015 season.
The tryout will be at the Hopkins Pavilion and is open to all players and there is no fee to attend. To register click on the ‘Log In’ button on the top of the website and create a new account. Deadline for players to register is March 28.
For more information contact the APL by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A new league is in town (maybe yours). American Premier League (APL) is poised to take on the established Minnesota Amateur Soccer League (MASL) and Minnesota Recreation Soccer League (MRSL). The inaugural APL season is scheduled to begin in June of 2015.
The club behind the creation of the new APL is FC Minneapolis, established in 2013.
FC Minneapolis finished last in the MRSL Division 1 Sunday league this past summer at 0-0-14. Their fall campaign in the Minneapolis Park & Rec Board (MPRB) Fall League went much better for the club finishing second at 3-2-1, albeit against slightly lower level competition (FC Dunham, Internazionale Corsica, LynLake United, Savigent, Summit FC and Triremes).
Sanctioned by the U.S. Adult Soccer Association (USASA), the APL is affiliated with US Soccer, USASA Region II and Minnesota Soccer Association. Once established, the league hopes to become one of the premier fifth-tier leagues in the Upper Midwest of the United States.
Now four other clubs have formed to help create the APL. All five charter member clubs are based in the Twin Cities metro area, but the league has had inquiries from around the state for 2016. The league is set to play an eight-match regular season to begin on June 6 when FC Minneapolis will host Brooklyn Park SC at Park Center High School.
- Blaine City FC – National Sports Center
- Brooklyn Park SC – Prairie Seeds Academy Field
- Hopkins United – St. Louis Park HS Stadium
- FC Minneapolis – Park Center HS Stadium
- St. Louis Park FC – St. Louis Park HS Stadium