South Carolina startup Lowcountry United FC are laying the groundwork for joining the National Premier Soccer League. Founded in 2015 by Alan Bahadori, the club is looking to build on the strong soccer community in Charleston, SC.
“There was a need for a club that was dedicated to the progression of local soccer opportunities for Charleston and a commitment to bringing the NPSL,” Bahadori told Dirty South Soccer. “NPSL provides passion, loyalty and the dream of a communities/cities progression on the shoulders of their favorite local club.”
However, Bahadori knows that Rome was not built in a day. The club launched early last year in South Carolina Amateur Soccer Association’s Charleston Soccer League with marked success. LUFC went undefeated in the Fall season and were named 2016 Division II Champions. Lowcountry will play the 2017 season in the CSL first division and have the opportunity to compete in the SCASA Champions League. Success in that competition will open doors to USASA Region 3 qualifiers and the US Amateur Cup.
Despite their success, Bahadori remains focused on the goal: bringing NPSL soccer to Charleston. “The Lowcountry is a wonderful place that has a fantastic soccer community businesses and infrastructure to support a wonderful investment like the NPSL,” Bahadori said. “Lowcountry United is committed to being the club that provides this opportunity for Charleston and progress our city as a fantastic supporters city of the NPSL.”
The club is building support and generating the revenue necessary to sustain a semi-professional club in Charleston. “I am working tirelessly to have the club ready to join in the 2018 season,” Bahadori said. “The projections show 2018 is a very reasonable timeframe for LUFC.”
When Lowcountry join NPSL, they will most likely join the new-look Southeastern Conference East with the Atlanta Silverbacks and Georgia Revolution FC. Fans can follow the club’s process on Twitter (@LowcountryUtd) or on their official Lowcountry United mobile app in the App Store & Google Play Store.