FC Tacoma 253 is proud to announce that it’s joined the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) as an expansion team. The NPSL is a national league that operates in the 4th Division of the U.S. Soccer pyramid. NPSL teams are eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup through their affiliation with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). The NPSL remains one of the largest national leagues in North America. FC Tacoma 253 home games will be played at Mount Tahoma Athletic Stadium which is conveniently located minutes from downtown Tacoma and will provide the club with a professional environment.
FC Tacoma 253 is led by owner Giuseppe Pezzano, the former owner of Fiesole Caldine Firenze, a historic Italian soccer team from the Tuscany region. He is also the CEO and President of OSA Soccer Group. Recently he served as a soccer consultant for the Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer and was responsible for signing notable Italian footballers Marco Di Vaio and Alessandro Nesta.
“We bring an exclusive and unique method of soccer development, the very first Italian influence in the region,” said Pezzano. “With our direct collaboration with Vincenzo Vergine of ACF Fiorentina, we expect to bring something new, innovative and international to the region, and we hope to develop players able to play in college, Europe or for the MLS and someday for the US National team!”
Pezzano is joined by Program Manager Coach Paolo Mottola and Vergine, who will serve as Technical Advisor. A distinguished coach, Mottola holds the USSF “A” License, USSF Goalkeeping License, and the NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma. Vergine, ACF Fiorentina’s youth sector director, is responsible for developing players such as Pelle’, Babacar, Bernardeschi and 22 players who are now part of the Italian National Team program. He is in his fifth season with the well-known Serie A club. “We are thrilled to welcome FC Tacoma 253 to our league,” NPSL Chairman Joe Barone stated.
“They will bring a strong and powerful presence to one of America’s soccer hotbeds. The management of the team brings years of experience at the highest level of international soccer.
We are excited to have them working with us as we move forward in growing the game together.”
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