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UPSL Announces Florida Expansion with Lakeland United FC

Lakeland, FL Based Club Joins Southeast Division Ahead Of Fall Season
Published Apr 21, 2021

April 21, 2021 – Los Angeles, CA – The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is pleased to announce Lakeland United FC as its newest expansion club ahead of the 2021 Fall Season.

Based in Lakeland, FL, Lakeland United FC will begin UPSL play in the Southeast Conference Florida Central Division. The club will host its home games at Polk State College Lakeland Campus (3425 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland, FL 33803).

Sylvio Maia and Werner Formin are the Co-Owners of Lakeland United FC. Tauan Salgado is the Head Coach. The team will compete exclusively in the UPSL.

UPSL Vice President Christian Vallejos said, "We want to give a warm welcome to Lakeland United FC to the UPSL. The growth and development of soccer in Florida has made our conference one of the most competitive divisions in the country at any level, and we are certain that Lakeland United will bring a high level of quality to the league."

Lakeland United FC was founded by both Maia and Formin earlier this year. The team was created as a hybrid men's soccer college program that has its players enrolled full-time as students at Polk State College, in Lakeland, FL.

"The UPSL is considered to be the strongest Pro Development division in the United States, and we're striving to reach the highest level possible," Salgado said. "We believe the UPSL has the best overall structure to offer our players and fanbase a very competitive environment."

The club will announce its fixture calendar.

About Lakeland United FC

Lakeland United FC is an American Soccer club based in Lakeland, FL, and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Lakeland United FC will begin play in the UPSL's Southwest Conference Florida Central Division.

Lakeland United FC can participate in the qualifying rounds for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup through their affiliation and membership with the UPSL, the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).

Instagram: @lakelandunitedfc