UPSL Announces Contra Costa FC as Western Conference Expansion Team

The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is pleased to announce Contra Costa Football Club as a member starting with the 2019 Spring Season.

Based in Concord (Calif.), Contra Costa FC will begin UPSL play in the Western Conference Wild West Division and play its UPSL home games this season at Northgate High School Stadium (425 Castle Rock Rd., Walnut Creek, CA 94598) in compliance with UPSL’s Minimum Standards.

United Premier Soccer League Wild West Division Manager Nick Arellano said, “Contra Costa FC is a well-run club and we think they’ll be a great addition to the already competitive UPSL Wild West Division. The Contra Costa FC staff has assembled a winning organization in Concord, and they are committed to being among the clubs competing for the UPSL 2019 Spring Season Championship.”

Contra Costa FC is owned by Mark Wine, 33, CEO of Functional Muscle Fitness and the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Concord (Calif.)’s De La Salle High School.

Contra Costa FC Owner Mark Wine said, “We feel like it’s the right time for the club. Our biggest goal is to bring a top level Pro Development club to this area. We feel like there’s a need to inspire the youth players that are all around, and give them a place to play as older players and role models to look up to. We need to take the next step up and the UPSL is where we want to be to play a higher level of competition. This is something that we want to do and something that we’ve promised to our players; It’s just one of those moments where we sensed it was the right time for us.”

Contra Costa FC has played in the prestigious NorCal Premier League since its inception in 2015, and claimed the Liga NorCal Copa Cup championship in May 2018.

“A lot of our players come from local youth clubs and that makes us unique because we’re not attached to any one youth club (and) because of that we’ve been able to build a bigger and stronger community,” Wine said. “We have a surrounding community of numerous clubs and we have representations from almost all of them, players which in many cases were the best players from those clubs.”

Gabe Cienfuegos serves as General Manager for Contra Costa FC. Cienfuegos, 34, played collegiately at Belmont (Calif.)’s Notre Dame de Namur University (2005-’06) and is a youth coach at Walnut Creek (Calif.) Surf Soccer Club.

Derricke Brown is Head Coach of Contra Costa FC. Brown played collegiately at Moraga (Calif.)’s St, Mary’s College and is in his eighth season as Head Coach at Concord (Calif.)’s De La Salle HS, where he’s led the boys varsity soccer team to four California Interscholastic Federation section titles in six championship game appearances. Brown also coaches at Walnut Creek (Calif.) Surf SC.

Jon Scoles is the Director of Player Development and serves as an Assistant Coach for Contra Costa FC. The Director of Coaching at Heritage Soccer Club, Scoles also is a Men’s Soccer Coach at Contra Costa Community College.

The club is hosting its next tryout on Jan. 13, 2019, and will announce its upcoming game schedule.

About Contra Costa Football Club

Contra Costa Football Club is an American Soccer club currently based in Concord, Calif., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Contra Costa FC will begin play in the UPSL Pro Premier.

Founded in 2015, Contra Costa FC 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).

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