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Inaugural UPSL Season for Alamo City SC

By Cory Marr, 01/17/20, 11:00AM CST

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SAN ANTONIO – It took only one season for Alamo City SC to get a taste of success.

In fact, it was their first season in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL), known as a “pro development league” which saw them reach the semi-finals in the very competitive Central Conference.

In their inaugural season in the United Premier Soccer League, Alamo City SC had a record of seven wins, two draws and one loss. They became Central Conference - Heart Division - Division 1 Champions and earned a berth in the conference quarterfinals. In the first round the took out Inocentes FC in the semi-finals before losing to a talented Foro SC from Dallas, TX.

“’It was a very exciting and rigorous first season,’ said Peter Mulamba, first-year Head Coach for Alamo City SC. ‘Others may not have thought much of a first-year program, but we had grand ambitions to compete, win our central conference (which we did), play entertaining football, score goals and possibly go all the way, unfortunately we fell short at the final hurdle.’”

“I think Peter did an outstanding job as a first-year coach, helping to guide the team to a Central Conference Heart Division Championship.’ Executive Director for Alamo City SC Rick Kuchka states. ‘He will only get better as he grows and matures through experience.  My hats off to him and his staff for making our inaugural year such a success!’”

Mulamba was not exaggerating when he said the expectations for the team’s inaugural UPSL season were high: they wanted to compete deep in the playoffs for a national championship. It was going to be rough when key player, Luis Espinar, went down with a season ending injury early in the season. In the first game of the playoffs, top goal scorer, Dylan Kelly, broke his fibula against Inocentes FC in the first round of the playoffs. The adversity of having both players injured throughout the season created a desire to play for one another even more.

“I wouldn’t single out specific players, because I believe from our starting 11, all the way through our bench, each and every one of our lads gave star, MVP caliber performances, and work their socks off on the training ground,” Mulamba stated. ‘Even in the difficulty, this has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. This group means a lot to me, to see them enjoying their football, showcasing their abilities, and coming together to create a family, they have stuck with me and believed in me in the rocky times.’”

Captains Sean Medellin and Stuart Close was thankful for the club giving him and the others an opportunity to represent Alamo City SC, “Coming from a previous local team that had a winning reputation we knew we had a challenge ahead of us coming to Alamo, but to win our first trophy after only 6 months and to stand out as arguably the best team in the state at this level speaks volumes of the support that Rick Kuchka and the organization have given us. Playing for and helping the club gain more exposure outside of San Antonio is something we hope we can continue doing in the UPSL.”

The Alamo City SC Men have been able to do just that for the club as a whole. The United Premier Soccer league (UPSL) was formed in 2011 and is a National "Pro Development" (amateur) soccer league for Men, Women and Youth, and designed to provide players, coaches and fans with a highly-competitive year round playing league platform while featuring the United States' first National Promotion/Relegation system for its member clubs. 

The UPSL's vision is "Connecting American Soccer" through a nationwide professionally-managed network and teams, players, coaches, fans, and business partners. The UPSL strives to offer the advancement of the game at the highest levels of the American Soccer pyramid, while providing team ownership opportunities and playing opportunities nationwide.

When asked why a UPSL men’s team for the club of Alamo City SC, Rick Kuchka explains that, “Having a men's team allows our youth players to have a post-graduation pathway to continue developing, in order to stay sharp for their college teams while they are home for the summer or to help prepare for trials with professional teams.”

We are thankful for the opportunity that UPSL has given our club and many others to continue to play the game we love at a high level while creating a pathway to the pros for the everyday soccer player. “Cheers to Rick Kuchka for putting us together and all the work he did behind the scenes for us, along with Bobby Stratte and Tiffany Reithmann. What we did on the pitch was made possible by their tireless work off the pitch and behind the scenes. It’s been a pleasure representing Alamo City SC this season.”

Be sure to be on the lookout come spring time as your Alamo City SC UPSL Men look to defend their Central Conference – Heart Division title and go further into the playoffs.