There are two huge changes for Minneapolis City U23: first, the team will now be called Minneapolis City II; second, the team will be competing in the UPSL in 2020.
The team is a core part of the club, creating a development pathway for players. In just two seasons, players like Troy Louwagie, Aidan O’Driscoll, Eli Goldman, Mike Riley, and Noah Senn, among others, have used the U23 experience to launch into the NPSL side.
“Competitive games in a national league will help the players continue their growth.” – Jon Bisswurm
“After two years of refining our set-up, we are taking the next logical step and joining a structured, national league” said club co-founder Jon Bisswurm. “We talked to the players and they wanted the opportunity to play for a trophy, so we put them in a position to compete for one. Adding competitive games in a national league will help the players continue their growth.”
The team, complete with new league-mandated moniker, will continue to focus on elevating players to the next level.
Head coach Ryan Nichols said “playing in this league will give us some extra structure and motivation, and there is no doubt we will be doing everything we can to win both the NPSL and UPSL trophies.”
The team will compete in the Midwest Conference West which last year included Rochester FC, Vlora City FC from Burnsville, Turbo Sports FC from the Twin Cities, Granite City FC from St Cloud, FC Minneapolis, and Dakota Young Stars FC from Sioux Falls.