On The Sideline: Sporting Wichita First Team UPSL

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Soccer as a sport has been steadily growing over the past 10 years, building popularity after massive success from the #USWNT and the powerhouse #MLS is becoming, boasting more and more international faces and competitive, entertaining matches. The soccer scene specifically in #Wichita is growing as well!

The Stryker Sports Complex is a state of the art facility that will attract more and more regional and national events to come through Wichita and was a tremendous start to the game growing in our community. Another big thanks goes to the competitive clubs that call Wichita home. Sporting Wichita Academy is one of them. Sporting Wichita is known for continuing to offer opportunities for youth soccer players to develop and compete at high levels locally, regionally and nationally.

Local “Home Grown Player” Tommy Fiszel joined me to share big news about the Sporting Wichita First Team joining the United Premier Soccer League. This is another level for players to play and develop in while making efforts to continue their career. This developmental league is ideal for college players to play in during the summer or to get additional touches and stay fit while training to get to the next level. Players who graduate from the UPSL can make their way up the ladder to the USL with hopes of one day playing in MLS. The Sporting circuit boasts Sporting KC at the top in #MLS followed by Sporting KC ii in USL and Sporting Kaw Valley FC in USL 2. Next in line would be Sporting Wichita First Team in UPSL and then the Youth Academy Affiliate Sporting Wichita Academy.

Tommy started playing in the Sporting Wichita Academy club at 5 years old and has flourished through his hard work and the club’s guidance. Once he completed four successful years of college soccer at Newman University he was forced to relocate to play USL. Now that there is a team locally Tommy can continue to develop and play for his home town. Tommy also coaches in the youth side of the club is and is passionate about developing layers through the club. He is an integral part of the club’s style of play, and quality coaching provided for the boys and girls that play for Sporting Wichita. Tommy and his brother Dallas are proud to be apart of the Sporting Wichita Family, lead by their Father, Daniel Fiszel.

Check out the team when they host their Home Opener on May 30th at Stryker Sports Complex. Visit their website for a full schedule and roster.

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