Tag: UPSL

  • Vlora FC Launches Newest WoSo Team in Minnesota

    Vlora FC Launches Newest WoSo Team in Minnesota

    For years, the WPSL Northern Conference has displayed the best women’s soccer in Minnesota: Salvo SC, Minnesota Thunder, MapleBrook Fury, Mankato United, Rochester United, Manitou FC, Joy AC. Last year, Minnesota Aurora burst on scene in the USL-W League. In 2023, another WoSo team arrives in another new league in the Minnesota soccer scene. Vlora […]

  • Minneapolis City Secure 2022 UPSL Midwest-West Conference Title on PK’s

    Minneapolis City Secure 2022 UPSL Midwest-West Conference Title on PK’s

    A special shout out to Sota Soccer’s own Matthew Johnson, who attended this match while I could not and made our coverage better, and frankly possible at all. How We Got Here: Vlora 3-0 Dakota Young Stars  Vlora earned their spot in the conference final, following their undefeated run to first place in the regular […]

  • Minneapolis City Charge into Title Race, Vlora Stay Top in UPSL Midwest-West

    Minneapolis City Charge into Title Race, Vlora Stay Top in UPSL Midwest-West

    Matches on June 1st Dakota Young Stars 0-1 Minneapolis City Minneapolis City’s bid to retain the Midwest-West conference title suffered its first serious blows last week when Vlora and FC Minneapolis both battled to draws with the young Crows, but the club’s campaign is far from over. They travel now to the Dakota Young Stars, […]

  • Vlora and Young Stars Emerge as Joint Leaders While Crows Drop Points in UPSL

    Vlora and Young Stars Emerge as Joint Leaders While Crows Drop Points in UPSL

    Matches on 5/25 Vlora 1-1 Minneapolis City In a match with major title implications, the Crows traveled to Twin Cities neighbors Vlora in a meeting of the 2019 and 2021 division champions that could help decide who took home the title in 2022. Both sides had won every match they played, Vlora four and Minneapolis […]

  • Mpls City Dominate, Young Stars and City Lions Stay on UPSL Pursuit

    Mpls City Dominate, Young Stars and City Lions Stay on UPSL Pursuit

    5/18 Matches: Minneapolis City 6-0 Granite City Reigning division champions MinneapolisCity hosted Granite City to continue their campaign for a second consecutive title, having played just one game while Granite City had played four. While the visitors had been burnt 6-3 the weekend prior, the match still provided an expected challenge for City as their […]

  • Making Big Time Soccer Local – The Origins and Ambitions of Austin Villa

    Making Big Time Soccer Local – The Origins and Ambitions of Austin Villa

    Minnesotan soccer, expectedly, is based around the urban population centers of the state. Duluth and Rochester both contribute clubs to the lower league scene, as does Moorhead as half of the border territory the Dakota Fusion call home. In a region where soccer, and the financial possibilities around it, are still finding their way, it […]

  • Early Title Race Takes Shape in UPSL Midwest-West Rounds 2 and 3

    Early Title Race Takes Shape in UPSL Midwest-West Rounds 2 and 3

    Above photo: Loic Mesanvi playing for Minneapolis City against the Brooklyn Knights. Courtesy of Minneapolis City and Tori Burnett. Second Round Matches (May 4th) Austin Villa 5-0 Rochester FC It was another wild night for new UPSL side Austin Villa, who took on their neighbors from Rochester in their biggest victory yet. Leading 2-0 at […]

  • UPSL Midwest-West Season Kicks Off with Statement Wins 

    UPSL Midwest-West Season Kicks Off with Statement Wins 

    Lower league soccer properly kicked off in Minnesota this weekend with the start of the UPSL Midwest Conference-West Division’s 2022 season. With Minneapolis City 2, now simply referred to as Minneapolis City, as reigning champions, the division is a combination of experienced organizations and brand new UPSL members that is sure to provide excitement through […]

  • Your Local Club Needs Your Help.

    Your Local Club Needs Your Help.

    When I sent an email to Duluth Football Club in the Fall of 2017, it was without any particular goal behind doing so. I just wanted to spend time around the game and had never had a club like DFC where I was from. I wanted to help and be able to be part of […]

  • How Minnesotan Soccer is Shaped and Defined by its African Communities

    There is a perception that places like Minnesota do not have deep rooted soccer culture or even a soccer history. One of the keys to this perception is disregarding the thriving soccer culture that exists in and around the full spectrum of Minnesotan people. For one sign that the people of Minnesota can love the […]