US Club Soccer has announced the creation of a new division within the Mountain Developmental League for the 2013-14 season. A part of the National Premier Leagues (NPL) platform, the Mountain Developmental League will add six clubs as part of the Utah Division.
Beginning with the 2013 fall season, Celtic Storm, Dynamo FC/Utah County Rage, Forza Futbol Club, Utah Avalanche, Utah Rangers and Utah Soccer Alliance will compete in the U-13 through U-17 boys and girls age groups.
“The Utah Division will bring an exciting dimension to the Mountain Developmental League,” NPL General Manager Chris Baer said. “We’re welcoming in top-notch clubs and expanding the league to include more territory in a talent-rich region. This can only result in even better competition and growth for the players.”
The Utah Division adds a fourth state to the league’s footprint, as the 12 current member clubs are located in Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. It will also be the third division, joining the Colorado Division and Arizona/New Mexico Division.
“As a club, we are always looking for progressive and developmentally beneficial opportunities for our players, and the NPL fits that bill perfectly,” Forza Futbol Club Director of Coaching David Newman said. “The chance to play good opposition in the right environment is terrific, and the additional incentive of being able to progress to the Mountain Developmental League Playoffs to play some of the best clubs from Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico was the icing on the cake!”
As with all NPLs, the winners of the Mountain Developmental League will advance to the NPL Champions Cup, where they will take on top competition from around the country in a true “champions league” competition. The 2013 NPL Champions Cup will be held July 18-22 in Aurora, Colo., and the Utah clubs hope to earn spots in next year's edition.
“Rangers and Celtic are very excited to be joining the NPL,” said Steve Magleby, the Director of Coaching for both Celtic Storm and Utah Rangers. “We look forward to the opportunity for our teams to showcase their talents and compete against some of the best teams in the country. It’s a great step forward in our club’s development."
“Avalanche is proud to announce its affiliation with the Mountain Developmental League and National Premier Leagues,” Avalanche Executive Director of Coaching Joanna Barney said. “Utah’s branch of the league will provide us with a development platform and the ability to have flexible scheduling against quality in-state competition. The NPL will allow the club an atmosphere where our teams can still maintain a good training-to-game ratio.”