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Santa Maria Synergy SC joins the WPSL as a 2020 expansion club

SANTA MARIA, California – Santa Maria Synergy SC has joined the Women’s Premier Soccer League as an expansion club ahead of the upcoming 2020 season, the league announced Tuesday.

Djibril Coulibaly, a regional director for Alta California Sol in nearby Santa Barbara, is a Synergy SC founder and is the lead operator for the WPSL club. Djibril, who grew up in Cote d’Ivoire and France, has coached youth soccer for more than 13 years and has held leadership positions within local soccer organizations.

“I am thrilled for our young women aging out of the youth soccer ranks to have the opportunity to continue competing in the WPSL,” Coulibaly said. “I look forward to the positive impact which Santa Maria Synergy is going to have on the community.”

Lindsey Smith is the club’s first coach. Smith is an assistant coach at nearby Cal Poly and a former NAIA All-American goalkeeper.

Synergy SC will play its home matches at Pioneer Valley High School Stadium in Santa Maria. It will be in a newly created division with five Los Angeles metropolitan area clubs.

For additional information about the Synergy, follow its FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts. For information about the WPSL, visit wpslsoccer.com.

The WPSL is in its 23rd season and is the largest women’s soccer league in the world with more than 130 clubs from coast-to-coast.  WPSL rosters feature elite collegiate, post-collegiate, international and standout prep student-athletes. Many of the United States’ most accomplished women’s players have played in the WPSL, including household names such as Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain.

Alta California SOL joins the WPSL as a 2020 expansion club

SANTA BARBARA, California – Alta California SOL has joined the Women’s Premier Soccer League as an expansion club for the upcoming 2020 season, the league announced Wednesday.

Club founder and president d’Alary Dalton will coach the club in its inaugural season. Dalton worked for the New Mexico Youth Soccer Association and was an Olympic Development Program coach for four years before moving to the Central Coast.

Dalton, while attending Holy Names University in Oakland, California as a master’s student, started the women’s soccer program at the university.

“The formation of the Alta California Sol women’s soccer team is a dream come true for me,” Dalton said. “By bridging the gap between the youth and professional ranks, we hope to create more opportunities for women to continue playing and pursue their dreams.”

SOL has added WPSL experience to its coaching staff. The club’s two assistants, Jessie Hernandez (Pateadores) and Karin Nordin (Des Moines Menace) both played in the WPSL in recent seasons.

The club will play its home matches in San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara. It will be in a division featuring five Los Angeles area clubs.

“We are going to build a successful team that is something our community can enthusiastically support,” Dalton said. “We are deeply grateful for the opportunity to become a part of the WPSL.”

For more information about the WPSL, visit wpslsoccer.com.

The WPSL is in its 23rd season and is the largest women’s soccer league in the world with more than 130 clubs from coast-to-coast.  WPSL rosters feature elite collegiate, post-collegiate, international and standout prep student-athletes.  Many of the United States’ most accomplished women’s players have played in the WPSL, including household names such as Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain.

UPSL Announces Santa Barbaras Alta California Sol as Expansion Team

November 30, 2018 – Los Angeles – The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is pleased to announce Alta California Sol as a member starting with the 2019 Spring Season.

Based in Santa Barbara (Calif), Alta California Sol will begin play in the UPSL Championship Western Conference SoCal North Division.

United Premier Soccer League Western Conference Operations Manager Gary Brunner said, “Santa Barbara is such a terrific market and it’s great to see Alta California Sol join the UPSL. Sol Soccer Club Executive Director d’Alary Dalton has put together a strong youth club and this is an exciting move for Sol Soccer Club as it sets out to grow into the Pro Development arena. Good look to Dr. Dalton and Sol Soccer Club as they prepare for the 2019 Spring Season.”

Dr. d’Alary Dalton is Executive Director of Alta California Sol. A native of Sante Fe (N.M.), Dalton holds a Doctorate in Education from Oakland (Calif.)’s Mills College, and both a USSF ‘A’ Coaching License and a NSCAA Advanced National diploma.

Alta California Sol Executive Director d’Alary Dalton said, “The development of Alta California Sol is a fream come true for me. I’ve been actively working to develop a top-to-bottom club that bridges the youth to professional ranks. We are going to build a successful club that is something that our community can enthusiastically support. We are deeply grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the UPSL.”

The team is the next step for Santa Barbara (Calif.) Sol Soccer Club, which features five girls teams (2003s-’07s) in the Coast Soccer League (CSL) and hosts a 5v5 youth league and a number of free clinics for girls and boys in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Daniel Torres, 32, is Director of Soccer Operations for Alta California Sol. A former soccer coach at Carpinteria (Calif.) High School and San Marcos (Calif.) HS, Torres is a Sol SC youth coach and director of the club’s 5v5 youth league.

Pancho Occiano is a Founding Member of Alta California Sol. A Cost Analyst for the County of Santa Barbara Auditor Controller’s Office, Occiano also is a Sol SC youth coach.

The club is finalizing its venue in compliance with UPSL’s Minimum Standards, and will announce tryout dates and its upcoming game schedule.

About Alta California Sol

Alta California Sol is an American Soccer club currently based in Santa Barbara, Calif., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Alta California Sol will begin play in the UPSL Championship.

Founded in 2018, Alta California Sol 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).

Contact:
Email: info@AltaCalSol.com
Website: www.AltaCalSol.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/altacalsol
Instagram: @altacalsol
Twitter: @altacalsol

United Premier Soccer League

The UPSL was formed in 2011 and currently includes more than 300 teams in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. UPSL is the fastest growing Pro Development League in the USA, with 400-plus teams targeted for 2019 Fall Season. Each UPSL team is individually owned and operated, and is responsible for maintaining either UPSL Pro Premier Division or Championship Division minimum standards.

UPSL teams are all eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Rounds through the leagues affiliation with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).

More information about UPSL can be found at www.upslsoccer.com or by following the league on Facebook (www.facebook.com/upslsoccer) and Twitter (@upslsoccer).

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