United Soccer Leagues
NuRock Soccer Holdings LLC ("NuRock Soccer Holdings") announce that it has acquired United Soccer Leagues ("USL") from Nike.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, NuRock Soccer Holdings is led by Rob Hoskins and Alec Papadakis. NuRock Soccer Holdings is currently a USL franchisee with a Premier Development League (PDL) operation in Atlanta and rights to acquire two USL First Division (USL-1) teams in Atlanta and Birmingham, Alabama, marketplaces respectively.
As the chairman of NuRock Soccer Holdings, Hoskins is one of the country’s most respected and largest real estate developers in residential housing, and brings his valuable management and branding experience to the soccer industry. As the chief executive officer and managing partner of NuRock Soccer Holdings, Papadakis is a franchise attorney with domestic and international expansion experience. As a former player in the North American Soccer League (NASL) with Atlanta Chiefs and Boston Minutemen, Papadakis had a long and storied soccer career in the United States at both the collegiate and professional level, earning numerous accolades.
"We are delighted to close this transaction with Nike and begin a partnership with Nike’s leading football brands which will sponsor and support USL, and all of its leagues, for many years to come. Together with USL management, we are excited about the opportunity to grow the size and visibility of USL, and to help develop and train the future generations of soccer athletes in the United States," said Papadakis.
Hoskins commented, "Our vision for USL is to become the most competitive and profitable pyramid of soccer leagues in North America, while providing affordable family entertainment, and serving as the inspirational destination for professional and amateur youth soccer players in the U.S."
Nike and Umbro will continue to support USL through a long-term sponsorship agreement - naming Umbro as the official sponsor and exclusive supplier of match balls for USL’s professional and amateur leagues, including USL-1, USL Second Division, PDL and the W-League. Nike Soccer will also serve as an exclusive sponsor for USL.
"This is really the best of both worlds for USL," said United Soccer Leagues founder and president Francisco Marcos. "We have new ownership that will focus solely on developing and growing the leagues, and Umbro and Nike Soccer join us as sponsors to support our franchise owners, teams, and athletes."
NuRock Soccer Holdings LLC
NuRock Soccer Holdings LLC is part of the umbrella family of companies known as The NuRock Companies. The principals of NuRock have a dedicated and deep understanding of the soccer industry. As part of its family of companies, NuRock is an existing USL franchisee, with a USL Premier Development League (PDL) operation in Atlanta, Georgia. Robert Hoskins is the chairman of NuRock Soccer Holdings LLC and is the founder and managing principal of The NuRock Companies. Alec Papadakis is the chief executive officer and managing partner of NuRock Soccer Holdings.
United Soccer Leagues
United Soccer Leagues ("USL"), with headquarters in Tampa, Florida, is the largest organization of elite-level soccer leagues in North America. USL is comprised of six leagues, USL First and Second Divisions (men’s professional soccer), Premier Development League (men’s under-23), W-League (women’s), Super-20 League (under-20, men’s and women’s amateur), and Super Y-League (boys and girls elite youth amateur). Dedicated to growing the sport of soccer at the grassroots level, USL has provided a platform for thousands of players to reach their dreams over the last three decades.