TUCSON SOCCER ACADEMY ANNOUNCES NEW WOMEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE FRANCHISE: TSAFCby Hot Off The Press (Release) on May. 20, 2013, under Press Releases
Tucson, AZ (Thursday, May 16, 2013) – In March, 2013, the Tucson Soccer Academy (TSA) joined the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL), becoming the league’s only Southern Arizona franchise. TSAFC has an eight-game schedule that includes four games to be played as the opening match in doubleheaders with FC Tucson on June 8, June 15, June 28, and July 6. The four WPSL home matches will begin at 5:15 PM at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson. Head Coach Amy Garelick, who recently guided the TSA ’95 Girls Red to their second consecutive state championship, will lead a staff that includes Assistant Coaches Todd Garelick, Charlie Kendrick, David Cosgrove, Charlie MacCabe, and FC Tucson staff members Jeff Rogers and Kate Norton.
Head Coach Garelick views the advent of TSAFC as a positive development for women’s soccer in Tucson. “Everyone from the Tucson Soccer Academy and our TSAFC coaching staff is very excited about the upcoming WPSL season,” said Garelick. “This is a tremendous opportunity for local players to experience soccer at an extremely high level. In the past, Tucson players who aspired to play collegiately had few options beyond that. Now they can take their game to another level.” By all accounts, Garelick is already finding considerable interest from players throughout the Southwest. “We have had an overwhelming response from both local and regionally based players,” Garelick said. “We anticipate a number of Tucson players making an impact on this team. As Tucson soccer continues to grow, TSAFC will be an integral part of us moving forward as a community.”
TSAFC is in the process of assembling a team of elite playerswith roots in the West, featuring important contributors from the University of Arizona and former Tucson high school players who are now competing collegiately elsewhere. According to Kelly Farrell, a former TSA player and captain at the University of San Francisco in 2011 and 2012, “TSAFC provides a great opportunity for both current and former female college soccer players who want to train in their off-season or just want the chance to continue playing after their college careers are over. There hasn’t been this opportunity in the past, but the base of support for women’s soccer has grown immensely since I began playing so there is no better time than now to incorporate a women’s top amateur team in the community that can compete nationally. Women’s soccer is on the rise and TSAFC can play a large part in that.”
Open tryouts will be held on Saturday, May 18, 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., and Sunday, May 19, 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Both sessions will be at Kino Sports Complex Fields 4 and 5.
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TSAFC Home Schedule
Saturday, June 8 vs. St. George United Kino Sports Complex 5:15 PM
(FC Tucson vs. Fresno Fuego @ 7:30 PM)
Saturday, June 15 vs. Real Salt Lake Kino Sports Complex 5:15 PM
(FC Tucson vs. Real Phoenix @ 7:30 PM)
Saturday, June 28 vs. Utah Starzz Kino Sports Complex 5:15 PM
(FC Tucson vs. Ventura County Fusion @ 7:30 PM)
Saturday, July 6 vs. SC Del Sol Kino Sports Complex 5:15 PM
(FC Tucson vs. CTCL Men’s Winner @ 7:30 PM)
WPSL was formed in 1998 as an independent league with a focus on creating a venue for the development of high-level women’s soccer. More than 70 teams from across the country compete in a season that runs from May 1 to August 1, culminating in a league championship tournament the final weekend in July. The WPSL is affiliated with the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). For more information on the WPSL visit http://www.wpsl.info/.
Tucson Soccer Academy — Widely recognized as the Southern Arizona’s premier youth soccer organization, the Tucson Soccer Academy was founded in 2000 by a handful of experienced Tucson coaches and some forward-thinking club presidents. Together, they conceived and launched a youth club specifically designed to match talented, committed players with top coaches. TSA’s determination to offer more advanced instruction and more high-level competition has yielded remarkable results. Today, the club has broadened its scope to serve youth players of all abilities and ages, while maintaining its commitment to excellence. From a total of just 10 teams in 2000, TSA has grown to an organization of 1,000 recreational, developmental, and competitive youth players. In the process, TSA has proven to be a critical stepping-stone for hundreds of boys and girls who have gone on to successful collegiate careers and various other pursuits. For more information visit us at tucsonsocceracademy.com or www.facebook.com/TucsonSoccerAcademy.
TSA FC Head Coach