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UPSL Announces Central Conference Expansion with U20 Tulsa Athletic

Tulsa (Okla.)-Based Pro Development Club Joins UPSL for Fall Season
Published May 29, 2019

May 29, 2019 – Los Angeles – The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is excited to announce Tulsa Athletic as a new league member kicking off with the 2019 Fall Season.

Based in "T-Town", Tulsa Athletic will play in the UPSL Central Conference, and host its UPSL home games at Union Soccer Club Complex (3801 S. 136th 'E' Ave., Tulsa, OK 74134) and Veteran's Park (1811 S. Boulder Park Dr., Tulsa, OK 74119) in compliance with UPSL Minimum Standards.

United Premier Soccer League National Director Matt Kahla said, "We are pleased to welcome Tulsa Athletic to the UPSL. This is an organization that has created a wave of support for soccer in its community, and with the strong leadership of Sonny Dalesandro and Dr. Kern, Tulsa Athletic is expanding operations and looking to the UPSL as part of their overall plan. That's a tremendous vote of confidence for the UPSL, and we are definitely looking forward to Tulsa Athletic's contributions moving forward."

Sonny Dalesandro and Dr. Thomas J. Kern share ownership of Tulsa Athletic.

Dalesandro is a retired professional soccer player, a restaurateur and a member of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) Board of Directors.

Tulsa Athletic Co-Owner Sonny Dalesandro said, "Tulsa Athletic's U20 UPSL side will arguably be the most pivotal piece to our club. It will be a conduit for top caliber, young, local players from our academy to connect to a whole level of the game. Ultimately we are trying to change the trajectory of our academy's top players and the UPSL will be a serious step up for these youngsters. This isn't anything new at all. All clubs in Europe and South America follow similar models. Though our focus will be on development, our club was founded on finding a pathway to victory. We're excited to get the ball rolling this Fall."

Dan Devore serves as General Manager of Tulsa Athletic.

Tulsa Athletic recently named Levi Coleman as Director of Coaching for Tulsa Athletic's new youth academy as the club is committed to the development of Tulsa, Okla.-area players.

The team will announce its upcoming game schedule.

About Tulsa Athletic

Tulsa Athletic is an American Soccer club currently based in Tulsa, Okla., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Tulsa Athletic will play in the UPSL Central Conference.

Founded in 2013, Tulsa Athletic 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: @tulsaathletic
Twitter: @TTownSoccer

United Premier Soccer League

The UPSL was formed in 2011 and currently includes more than 300 teams in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. UPSL is the fastest growing Pro Development League in the USA, with 400-plus teams targeted for 2019 Fall Season. Each UPSL team is individually owned and operated, and is responsible for maintaining either UPSL Pro Premier Division or Championship Division minimum standards.

UPSL teams are all eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Rounds through the leagues affiliation with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).

More information about UPSL can be found at or by following the league on Facebook ( and Twitter (@upslsoccer).

Contact UPSL:
Direct: 310-415-5691

Media Relations:
Dennis Pope
Direct: 951-675-3963