The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is preparing to announce the launch of a Pacific Northwest Conference to add to its national footprint, according to a message from the league’s Media Relations Director Dennis Pope.
“Expect to see the league make an official UPSL Northwest Conference announcement soon,” Pope told goalWA.net on Thursday February 1st. Earlier goalWA.net heard from an outside source that Alex Kajumulo was already contacting soccer people in Washington in regards to joining the league. Pope confirmed Kajumulo’s possible involvement. “His (Kajumulo’s) interview for the newly-created Northwest Conference Operations Manager position went well today in L.A.,” Pope wrote.
The UPSL has three clubs in the Northwest, two in Idaho and one in Southern Oregon. The Idaho sides are Magic Valley FC and Boise FC Cutthroats. The Oregon side in Ashland-based Starphire FC.
The UPSL’s method of operation is to establish areas of interest and then announce those areas as “open for business.” Such is the case with the recent announcement on a Mid-Atlantic Conference.
Expect a similar announcement for the Pacific Northwest Conference and Kajumulo.
The addition of a UPSL Pacific Conference increases the elite adult men’s league choices for regional clubs to (at least) six. Already operating in the region are the PDL, NPSL, EPLWA, WWPL, and soon to come, the PSSL.
Kajumulo has previously been involved with the EPLWA as a head coach for Seattle Stars FC. He has pitched various independent league ideas in Washington in recent years. One of them was the “City Premier Super Soccer League” which he presented to both the Washington and Oregon Adult Soccer Associations back in 2015.