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APSL To Forgo 2018 Fall Tournament, Restructure for 2019 Spring Championship

MIAMI, FL — The American Premier Soccer League, in a decision to continue to expand the league, has voted to forgo the 2018 Fall Tournament that usually would be put on by the league.

This strategic move by the APSL Board was made in order to restructure the league and to make the 2019 APSL Spring Championship stronger than ever with new, and returning teams that will make the APSL one of the key league in Florida.

More information will be announced in the coming weeks, please stay tuned to our social media and website.

Two APSL Teams To be Featured in 2019 US Open Cup Qualifying

MIAMI, FL — Two APSL teams captured berths into the 2019 US Open Cup Qualifying round.

The 2018 APSL Champions, Red Force FC, and the 2017 Fall Season Champions, FC Kendall, both will take part in the competition.

The two APSL giants will face off against each other on September 23 at 8:30 pm. The game will take place at Tropical Park.

The historic annual tournament, entering its 106th year, is the only high-profile event in American team sports where amateur sides have the opportunity, should they advance far enough, to face professionals in meaningful competition.

76 of 94 local sides will see action in the first qualifying round, scheduled for Sept. 22-23, including both APSL teams that qualified for the tournament.

For the 94 teams participating in Open Division Local Qualifying, the ultimate number of slots up for grabs into the First Round of the 2019 Open Cup will be determined by the Open Cup Committee at a later date. For now, U.S. Soccer projects at least three, and perhaps four, local qualifying rounds will take place before the competition’s First Round next May.

Red Force FC Captures 2018 Summer Championship Title in Dramatic Fashion

MIAMI, FL — Red Force FC defeated South Florida FC in the 2018 ASPL Summer Championship Finals on Sunday, August 19 at Tropical Park.

With both teams looking for their first APSL Summer Championship title, both South Florida FC and Red Force FC came into the match with something to prove.

South Florida FC came into the finals through a strong performance against Boca Raton FC winning that match 3-0. Red Force FC found its way into the finals facing off against rival FC Kendall and winning 3-1. Also on the line was the APSL scoring title and assist title with both teams having candidates. David Holguin of Red Force FC came into the final with a league-leading ten goals and five assists, right on his heels was Santiago Duque of South Florida FC with nine goals and five assists.

The match began intensely with both sides clearly wanting to come away with the trophy. Red Force FC had several opportunities early on but keeper Saul Martinez was able to keep them off the scoreboard.

South Florida FC was able to change the momentum minutes later with a great shot from Jose Sierra from outside the box but was ultimately saved Red Force FC’s keeper Anton Widen.

After both clubs trading off fouls, Sebatiani Derosier of South Florida FC had an excellent ball delivered to him into the box but was fouled in the box by a defender resulting in a penalty kick. Derosier was able to take the PK himself and went low and to the left with his shot which was saved by Widen. Towards the final minutes of the first half South Florida FC had another great look at net with a free kick from out the box, the shot was well-placed but clashed against the crossbar.

Red Force looked reenergized in the second half. Holguin took matters into his own hand and made some terrific plays one of which was a volley that was just off the mark.

In the 54th minute Sout,h Florida FC had a perfectly placed cross through the box which was able to find the head Faycal Oulahbibn to give the team from Pembroke Pines the 1-0 lead.

However, the lead would not last long as six minutes later Red Force FC was awarded a penalty and goal-scoring leader David Holguin buried the shot into the corner of the net.

As the second half came to a close, both teams were still tied at 1-1 and so the match headed to extra time. This was the first APSL Summer Championship match that has gone to extra time.

After a lackluster first half in extra time, the intensity picked up in the second half when Red Force’s Alvaro Franco gave Red Force the 2-1 lead late in the game after a beautiful assist by Holguin.

Just as time was set to expire and have Red Force crowned APSL Champions, South Florida’s Jorge Jaramillo Rodriguez equalized with a dramatic last-minute goal to send the APSL Summer Championship Finals to its first-ever penalty shootout.

Both teams made their first three shots, and after Red Force was able to make it four, it was up to South Florida FC to rebuttal. However, with a kick right down the middle, Widen was able to easily save it to give Red Force its first-ever APSL Championship.

With one goal and one assist in the match, Red Force’s David Holguin not only earned the APSL Trophy, but also the APSL Golden Boot and the Assist Trophy with 11 goals and six assists in the season.

About the APSL:

The American Premier Soccer League is an independent organization of soccer clubs, with the aim of improving, qualifying and publicizing the soccer in the United States.

The APSL is sanctioned by the Florida State Soccer Association (FSSA) as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the ruling body for soccer in the United States, and FIFA, the world’s ruling body for soccer.

The APSL has two seasons, one from March that runs through August, and another that runs from September to December.

The APSL is organized in a mostly decentralized structure and is managed as a team-run league. Each year the member clubs help elect a Commissioner, Treasurer and Secretary. Each team is individually owned and operated and is responsible for maintaining league minimum standards. New teams seeking membership into the APSL are subject to approval from an executive committee of existing team owners. Member clubs have the right to make localized decisions for their respective markets, conferences and regions based on what they believe is best for their particular region.

South Florida FC and Red Force FC Face off in 2018 APSL Summer Championship Finals

MIAMI, FL — After impressive semifinals victories, Red Force FC and South Florida FC will face off in the APSL Summer Championship Finals on Sunday, August 19 at Tropical Park.

After defeating top-seeded FC Kendall by an impressive 3-1 scoreline, Red Force will now look to win its first APSL Championship in team history. Behind a powerful attack that includes Golden Boot leader David Holguin (10), Red Force also boasts Juan Carlos Jimenez, who has seven goals himself this season. South Florida FC’s defense will have their work cut out for them trying to stop two of the league’s best scorers.

South Florida FC heads to the finals after a commanding 3-0 victory of 2-time APSL Summer Championship Champions, Boca Raton FC. This will be South Florida FC’s second straight finals appearance after losing to Miami Dade FC last season 3-1.

The APSL Summer Championship Finals will take place at Tropical Park on Sunday, August 19, kickoff is set for 8:30 pm. Come out and support local soccer!

APSL Kicks off 2018 Summer Championship Playoffs

Miami, FL – The 2018 APSL Summer Championship playoffs kick off Sunday, July 29 as four APSL franchises begin their journey in the playoffs.

The top six APSL teams in the 2018 season will now battle to be crowed the APSL Champions. 

South Florida FC  and FC Kendall have earned the top two seeds and will await the winners of the quarterfinal matchup which take place this Sunday at Broward College. 

In the first questerfinal match, Red Force FC will take on UD Miami at 5pm. UD Miami finished the season with a 3-2-2 (W-D-L) record, giving the Miami side 11 points which was good enough for 4th place in the standings. Red Force FC finished the season with a 3-1-3 record with 10 points, giving them the 5th seed in the playoffs.

This is UD Miami’s first appearance in the APSL Summer Championship playoffs, as they look to knock off the experienced Red Force FC.

In the second matchup of the night, expansion-side Deerfield Beach Heights FC have a date set with Boca Raton FC.

Boca Raton FC comes into the game with the third-best record during the regular season at 4-1-2. Boca Raton is no newcomer to the APSL Summer Championships, having previously won the Championship twice (2015, 2016). 

Heights FC cakes into the game as the 6th seed having finished the season with a 2-1-4 record, yet they will look to upset Boca Raton FC in the quarterfinals this Sunday.

All the action kicks off at 5pm on Sunday, July 29 at Broward College (7200 Pines BLVD, Pembroke Oines, FL). Come support local soccer and enjoy a Sunday filled with soccer action!

American Premier Soccer League Announces Deerfield Beach Heights FC as Newest Team

MIAMI, FL — The American Premier Soccer League is proud to announce Deerfield Beach Heights FC have joined the league as new members ahead of the 2018 APSL Summer Championship Season.

“We are very proud to bring in a team like Heights FC to the league,” said APSL Commissioner, Gabriel Vega. “Our teams in Palm Beach County continue to grow and it will begin to show in the level of play.”

A new team from Deerfield Beach, Heights FC will come into the league as one of the youngest teams.

“Our goal this season is to be able to put a competitive team on the field,” said Head Coach and General Manager, Emanuel Freitas. “We will compete with the philosophy that ‘everything is a process’.”

Heights FC will play their home matches at Somerset Academy in Deerfield Beach.

“We wanted to join the APSL because of its superior quality over other leagues in the area,” added Freitas. “The league has some of the best, and most storied teams in South Florida and to be able to play with these teams all season long will be wonderful as our team starts its own journey.”

About the APSL:

The American Premier Soccer League is an independent organization of soccer clubs, with the aim of improving, qualifying and publicizing the soccer in the United States.

The APSL is sanctioned by the Florida State Soccer Association (FSSA) as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the ruling body for soccer in the United States, and FIFA, the world’s ruling body for soccer.

The APSL has two seasons, one from March that runs through August, and another that runs from September to December.

The APSL is organized in a mostly decentralized structure and is managed as a team-run league. Each year the member clubs help elect a Commissioner, Treasurer and Secretary. Each team is individually owned and operated and is responsible for maintaining league minimum standards. New teams seeking membership into the APSL are subject to approval from an executive committee of existing team owners. Member clubs have the right to make localized decisions for their respective markets, conferences and regions based on what they believe is best for their particular region.

American Premier Soccer League Announces Palm Beach Spartans as Newest Team

Miami, FL — The American Premier Soccer League (APSL) is proud to announce that Palm Beach Spartans have joined the league as new members ahead of the 2018 APSL Summer Championship Season.

“We are very excited about Palm Beach Spartan joining the APSL this season,” says APSL Commissioner, Gabriel Vega. “The Spartans have enjoyed much success in the Gold Coast League the last few years and we hope their success translates to the APSL.”

According to their website, Palm Beach Spartans programs are open to all without regards race, religion, creed or financial status.

“Our goal is to empower and strengthen the young minds and bodies of our minority youth,” says Spartans president and founder, Cheddi Johnson. “We want our players to be seen beyond their individual socioeconomic circumstances and strategically strive towards their dreams and aspirations with relentless conviction.”

The Spartans won the Gold Coast League in 2017, and are in the Finals once again in 2018 after posting a perfect record.

“We are very excited to join the APSL this season,” added Johnson. “Our goal is to come in the league and finish as one of the top four teams.”

The team-based approach to total youth development will address certain key areas of development such as; academic enrichment, character and team building, leadership and teamwork, along with a steady focus on fitness and maintaining healthy lifestyles. These life lessons are geared towards creating a framework to assist our teens to become model citizens of tomorrow, guaranteeing the success of our future generations.

About the APSL:

The American Premier Soccer League is an independent organization of soccer clubs, with the aim of improving, qualifying and publicizing the soccer in the United States.

The APSL is sanctioned by the Florida State Soccer Association (FSSA) as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the ruling body for soccer in the United States, and FIFA, the world’s ruling body for soccer.

The APSL has two seasons, one from March that runs through August, and another that runs from September to December.

The APSL is organized in a mostly decentralized structure and is managed as a team-run league. Each year the member clubs help elect a Commissioner, Treasurer and Secretary. Each team is individually owned and operated and is responsible for maintaining league minimum standards. New teams seeking membership into the APSL are subject to approval from an executive committee of existing team owners. Member clubs have the right to make localized decisions for their respective markets, conferences and regions based on what they believe is best for their particular region.

Fueled by Nuñez Hat Trick, FC Kendall is Crowned APSL Fall Championship Champions

FC Kendall defeated South Florida FC 3-0 in the Fall Championship Finals, closing out a terrific 2018 run by FC Kendall.

The goalscoring began early in the 15-minute mark when FC Kendall’s John Diaz received the ball in the middle of the pitch and send a perfectly-placed through ball towards the right of the box to Martin Nuñez, who went on a solo run and as soon as he stepped into the box, the former Fort Lauderdale Striker placed the ball low and to the right, giving the keeper no shot in defending it.

15 minutes later, Daniel Ocampo and Santi Schmid had some great touch passes that helped the FC Kendall defense move all the way up the right side of the field. Ocampo sent cross to the box and over South Florida FC’s keeper and found a streaking Nuñez at the tip of the box for an easy tap-in.

With ten minutes left in the game and the score 2-1 for FC Kendall, Nuñez put the nail in the coffin as the Uruguayan recorded a hat-trick in the Fall Championship Finals after Nick Chase sent a ball to the box and was headed by Jona Andrade to Nunez who coolly grabbed the ball in the penalty area and placed it in the right post.

Nuñez’s hat trick is the first ever in the Fall Championship Finals, and his heroics helped FC Kendall lift the title after one of the best regular seasons in team history.