United Premier Soccer League announces C-Ville FC as Southeast Conference expansion team

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LOS ANGELES -- The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) announced the C-Ville Football Club as a new member starting with the 2018 Spring Season.

Based in Charlottesville, Va., C-Ville FC will begin UPSL play in the
Southeast Conference.

United Premier Soccer League Commissioner Yan Skwara said, “We are very excited to continue to build our arsenal of teams along the eastern seaboard, and C-Ville FC is another example of a quality team coming into the UPSL.

C-Ville FC is owned and operated by a former Dominican Republic National Team player, and the club is a very ambitious group, so expect big things out of C-Ville FC in the coming season. We welcome C-Ville FC to the UPSL and wish them the best.”

C-Ville FC is owned by Charlottesville, Va., resident Elimelec de los Santos, a Coach and the Media Manager for the Dominican Republic National Teams.

De los Santos, 37, made numerous appearances with the Dominican Republic Men’s National Team as a player.

C-Ville FC Owner Elimelec de los Santos said, “The people are excited about the team and about the UPSL. We made the announcement on Facebook and it has two thousand followers in only one week! It’s crazy! Everybody is calling me. I have players who played in Liga MX calling me.”

The club has received unprecedented support as it sets itself to become a pioneer of Pro Development soccer in Virginia.

“Our team is the first team is the first team to play in a Pro Development league and everybody is very excited, asking how they can help them,” De los Santos said. “For support, we don’t have a problem. All is good for support.”

Santurnino Diaz has agreed to be the team’s Head Coach. Diaz, 45, was a coach for Cruz Azul (Liga MX), and is well known in the Charlottesville area for his work coaching youth players with Soccer Organization Charlottesville Area (SOCA).

The team is exploring venue options in compliance with the UPSL’s Minimum Standards.

The club will soon announce its upcoming game schedule.