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English Premier League Team to Play Game in Sacramento

Says Owner of New Pro Soccer Team


On March 26, 2013 – Sacramento Professional Soccer, LLC joined more than 150 supporters and the American Outlaws Sacramento Chapter at the Alley Katz bar in downtown Sacramento to watch the U.S. Men's National Team World Cup Qualifier match against Mexico. At halftime, Warren Smith, president, Sacramento Professional Soccer, LLC, took to the microphone to announce the #MyCityMyClub contest to name Sacramento's USL PRO franchise. Read a recap of the night's events written by the Sacramento Press.

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Sacramento Professional Soccer Announces Partnership With Supercuts

Supercuts Will Serve as Partner for Naming Contest in Multi-Level Deal


USL PRO NEWS RELEASE, Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sacramento, Calif. – Sacramento Professional Soccer, LLC, (Sac Pro Soccer) today announced the team’s official multi-level partnership with Supercuts. Components of the partnership include, but are not limited to, being the lead partner for the team’s upcoming naming contest, featured partner during various exhibition matches in 2013, in-store promotions and partnership of various events.

“We are very excited to announce our partnership with Supercuts,” said Warren Smith, president of Sac Pro Soccer. “Supercuts is not only an industry-leading national brand, but a locally owned organization committed to the community. All of us with Sacramento Professional Soccer look forward to working with the Supercuts family to bring the highest level of soccer to Sacramento.”

“Sac Pro Soccer is a strong addition to our region and the sports community,” said Jodi McCray, franchisee, Supercuts. “Both Supercuts and Sac Pro Soccer have aligned interests in giving back to the Sacramento community and engaging fans. We are thrilled to be joining soccer enthusiasts and the Sacramento community in support of this sport and franchise.”

Exhibition matches to take place this summer will include domestic and international professional soccer teams. A full schedule of matches and locations is to be announced. The USL PRO inaugural season matches will be played at Hughes Stadium near downtown Sacramento in 2014.

Sac Pro Soccer is led by local managing owner, Warren Smith, who was awarded the franchise rights for a USL PRO (United Soccer Leagues) team in December 2012. Smith has successfully built facilities and brought professional sports teams to Sacramento, including Raley Field and the Sacramento River Cats.

USL PRO is the strongest, best operated and most experienced North American men’s professional soccer league below Major League Soccer, both on and off the field. USL PRO will feature 13 teams in 2013, with over half boasting a decade or more of operational experience as well as participation in the national Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and various domestic and international exhibitions. Four of the last five MLS franchises transitioned from a USL PRO franchise.

For more information visit SacProSoccer.com and signup for the team’s e-newsletter. Supporters may also “Like” the team on Facebook at Facebook.com/SacProSoccer or follow them on Twitter @SacProSoccer.

About Sacramento Professional Soccer, LLC.
United Soccer Leagues announced in December 2012 that it has awarded an expansion USL PRO franchise to Sacramento, California with the team commencing participation in the 2014 season. Sacramento Professional Soccer, LLC plans to host a series of exhibition matches at Hughes Stadium near downtown Sacramento, during 2013 involving domestic and international professional soccer teams. In addition, supporter events, soccer clinics and player appearances will be scheduled leading up to the 2014 inaugural season. For updates, follow the team on Twitter at @SacProSoccer, “Like” them on Facebook at Facebook.com/SacProSoccer or visit SacProSoccer.com.



USL PRO & MLS Announce Groundbreaking Partnership

MLS Reserve teams to compete in interleague play; several MLS clubs to affiliate with USL PRO clubs


USL PRO NEWS RELEASE, Wednesday, January 23, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. – Major League Soccer and USL PRO announced today a groundbreaking, multi-year partnership that will enhance the development of professional players in North America, strengthen the competition in both leagues, and establish a solid foundation for future collaboration.

For 2013, the partnership will include interleague play between USL PRO and MLS Reserve League teams, and the establishment of several exclusive team affiliations. These initial programs will immediately improve professional player development in the United States and Canada. Additional technical and commercial initiatives between the two leagues will be announced as they are finalized in the coming months.

“This partnership represents the first step in a long-term alliance between MLS and USL PRO to connect domestic professional soccer through a system that benefits player development, competition and the overall business of our sport,” MLS Executive Vice President of Player Relations & Competition Todd Durbin said. “Over the past several years, USL PRO has made great strides in restructuring in a manner that serves to complement the objectives of MLS. This is a win-win for all involved and it demonstrates our strong commitment to growing North American professional soccer at all levels.”

Each club affiliation will be customized to meet the needs of the respective teams, but all will include at least four players on long-term loan from the MLS parent club to its USL PRO affiliate. Those MLS teams with formal USL PRO affiliates will not participate in the 2013 MLS Reserve League. Neither MLS nor USL PRO clubs are required to enter into an affiliation, and specific affiliations will be announced in the coming days.

Each of the 13 USL PRO teams will compete in two interleague games against MLS Reserve teams. With the exception of Antigua, which will play both of its games at MLS Reserve teams, USL PRO teams have been paired with a single MLS team to play a home and home series. All interleague games will count in both the official USL PRO and MLS Reserve League standings. Details of the fixtures will be announced in conjunction with the forthcoming release of the official 2013 USL PRO schedule.

“USL PRO has for the past several years been the most sophisticated and competitive professional soccer league under MLS,” USL CEO Alec Papadakis said. “This new partnership with MLS will elevate and strengthen the level of competition for domestic professional soccer while simultaneously creating a more sustainable financial model for team owners. As a result, we expect this partnership will forge a seamless system for the development of players and coaches, and promote the expansion of professional soccer into new North American markets.”

"Sac Pro Soccer is thrilled by today's announcement of an official partnership between USL PRO and MLS," said Sacramento Professional Soccer, LLC founder Warren Smith. "The people of Sacramento deserve the very best and this announcement not only recognizes the continuing collaboration between the two best organized and successful outdoor soccer leagues in the U.S., but exemplifies our commitment to bring the highest level of soccer to our great region. We approached USL PRO specifically because we knew it was a proven pathway to MLS as demonstrated in four of the last five MLS expansion franchises originating from a USL PRO club. We cannot thank USL PRO enough for granting Sacramento franchise rights. We look forward to announcing dates of upcoming USL PRO and MLS interleague matches to take place in Sacramento."

Sacramento Professional Soccer Statement Regarding MLS/USL PRO:
"Sac Pro Soccer is thrilled by today's announcement of an official partnership between USL PRO and MLS," said Sacramento Professional Soccer, LLC founder Warren Smith. "The people of Sacramento deserve the very best and this announcement not only recognizes the continuing collaboration between the two best organized and successful outdoor soccer leagues in the U.S., but exemplifies our commitment to bring the highest level of soccer to our great region. We approached USL PRO specifically because we knew it was a proven pathway to MLS as demonstrated in four of the last five MLS expansion franchises originating from a USL PRO club. We cannot thank USL PRO enough for granting Sacramento franchise rights. We look forward to announcing dates of upcoming USL PRO and MLS interleague matches to take place in Sacramento."

MLS RESERVE LEAGUE
The MLS Reserve League provides meaningful competition for young players on clubs’ first-team rosters and for advanced members of the youth development system. Each of the 19 MLS clubs will field either a Reserve Team or establish an affiliation with a USL PRO club. MLS Reserve Teams of clubs not competing in CONCACAF Champions League will play a 14-game regular season in 2013. After fielding reserve sides from 2005 through 2008, Major League Soccer re-launched its Reserve League in 2011, providing essential development opportunities to players. Since 2011, the MLS Reserve League has been split into East, Central, and West divisions. The schedule for the MLS Reserve League will be announced in the coming weeks.


USL PRO
USL PRO is the strongest, best operated and most experienced North American men’s professional soccer league below MLS, both on and off the field. Focused on franchise stability and longevity, USL PRO will feature 13 teams participating in the 2013 season, including expansion teams in Phoenix and Tampa. The league is focused on aggressive but deliberate growth by adding teams fully capable of meeting USL and US Soccer standards, which are located in markets that further promote regional league play. In addition to league play, USL PRO teams will compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various domestic and international exhibitions. USL PRO is the longest-standing pro league affiliate member of US Soccer.




SACRAMENTO TO JOIN USL PRO IN 2014

Sacramento Professional Soccer, LLC awarded franchise rights with support from Think BIG Sacramento.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (December 3, 2012) – United Soccer Leagues announced today it has awarded an expansion USL PRO franchise to Sacramento, California with the team commencing participation in the 2014 season. Warren Smith, founder of Sacramento Professional Soccer, LLC, will lead the franchise with support from Mayor Kevin Johnson, Think BIG Sacramento and the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Warren Smith, former SVP of Business Development for Clean World Partners and co-founder of the Sacramento Rivercats (MILB), is a steering committee member of Think BIG Sacramento and has been working with the organization to bring professional outdoor soccer to Sacramento.

Smith has entered into an Exclusive Right to Negotiate (ERN) with Sacramento City College relating to holding professional soccer matches at Hughes Stadium. The two organizations are actively working through the details with the intent to enter into an agreement in the early first quarter, 2013.

Smith led the grassroots effort starting in 1997 to build a professional baseball stadium and attract a professional baseball team to the Sacramento area. He successfully negotiated all real estate agreements necessary for the land, acquisition and stadium development, which included the largest naming rights partnership in minor league baseball and a joint venture agreement with Savage Baseball Group that led to Raley Field's development and the Sacramento River Cats moving to West Sacramento, California.

Sacramento’s USL PRO franchise will plan a series of exhibition matches during 2013 involving domestic and international professional soccer teams. In addition, supporter events, soccer clinics and player appearances will be scheduled leading up to the 2014 inaugural season. In early 2013, the franchise will begin the process of building a professional franchise infrastructure, including personnel and naming the team with input and engagement from soccer fans. For updates follow the team on Twitter at @SacProSoccer, “Like” them on Facebook at Facebook.com/SacProSoccer or visit SacProSoccer.com.

The Sacramento area contains one of the strongest regional soccer scenes in the United States, with some of the highest youth soccer participation rates in the country, as well as successful high school and collegiate programs. Numerous athletes from Sacramento currently play in Major League Soccer (MLS) and USL PRO. During the 2010 World Cup, Univision had higher viewership in Sacramento than ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX stations combined for the match between Mexico vs. Costa Rica. Sacramento was also consistently in the top 10 for ESPN/ABC Nielsen ratings during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

USL PRO is the strongest, best operated and most experienced North American men’s professional soccer league below MLS, both on and off the field. Focused on franchise stability and longevity, USL PRO will feature 13 teams in 2013, with over half boasting a decade or more of operational experience. Expansion teams in Phoenix, Arizona and Tampa, Florida will begin participation in the 2013 season.

The league is focused on aggressive, but deliberate, growth by adding teams fully capable of meeting USL and US Soccer Federation standards, which are located in markets that further promote regional league play. In addition to league play, USL PRO teams will continue to compete in the national Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and various domestic and international exhibitions. USL PRO is the longest standing pro league affiliate member within the US Soccer Federation.

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Tim Holt, USL President
“USL PRO is thrilled to expand into Sacramento in the 2014 season,” USL President Tim Holt said. “With the Phoenix FC Wolves joining the league in 2013 and the Los Angeles Blues having already developed a successful presence in Southern California, Sacramento represents yet another significant step towards our objective of achieving a regionalized competition approach in the West. This remains a fundamental aspect of a USL PRO business model that is resonating with prospective team owners as the most sustainable for professional soccer at levels which support MLS. Warren Smith is a widely-respected and highly-accomplished figure in the Sacramento sports community and has presented a very impressive vision for professional soccer in Sacramento. By partnering with him we know USL PRO will be successful in Sacramento for many years to come.”

Mayor Kevin Johnson, City of Sacramento
"Today is an exciting day - not only for soccer fans around our region, but also for those who believe fervently in Sacramento’s potential as a vibrant and emerging market,” said Mayor Johnson. “I welcome the USL PRO to town and am thrilled to see more jobs and civic amenities heading our way.”

Warren Smith, Sacramento Professional Soccer, LLC Founder
"Sacramento is one of the strongest soccer regions in the country," said Warren Smith, founder of Sacramento Professional Soccer, LLC. "We already have numerous professional soccer players that are from Sacramento, or make their home here. It is time for the people of Sacramento to have the opportunity to watch them play on the national stage and to show the rest of the world that the Sacramento area is a great soccer region. I am grateful to Mayor Kevin Johnson, Think Big Sacramento, USL, the soccer community and the many regional leaders that have scored this goal for our city."

Kunal Merchant, Think BIG Sacramento Executive Director
"This is great news for our community,” said Kunal Merchant, Executive Director of Think BIG Sacramento. “A USL PRO team will provide more jobs, more family-friendly activities and more visibility for Sacramento on a national scale. Congratulations to Warren and his team for once again proving that this is a terrific sports market.”

Steve Hammond, Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau President & CEO
“Sacramento is a community that’s demonstrated an unwavering commitment to amateur and professional sports time and time again,” said Steve Hammond, President & CEO of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau (and most recently, the Sacramento Sports Commission). “We are excited at the opportunity that professional soccer presents to this region and look forward to helping to make it a successful and long-term endeavor for this community.”

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