Eagan, MN – Minnesota Aurora announced today that it is adding a second team in 2024 and joining the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL). The team will be called Aurora 2 and players will be added through Aurora tryouts and recruiting by Aurora’s technical staff.
“UPSL is a perfect fit for Aurora to grow. I am looking forward to finding top talent in Minnesota to represent Aurora 2 on and off the field,” said Nicole Lukic, Aurora’s Sporting Director. “ Aurora 2 will increase our community engagement on so many levels. I am excited to increase our player pool, grow our technical staff, and to provide our fans with an opportunity to continue supporting Aurora soccer.”
“We are truly excited to welcome Minnesota Aurora FC to the UPSL,” said UPSL Commissioner Yan Skwara. “Our UPSL Women’s league has expanded greatly over the past several months and we are looking forward to welcoming one of Minnesota’s top soccer clubs. Minnesota Aurora is a community-owned organization with an incredible commitment to player development that aligns exactly with ours, and we look forward to seeing them compete in the UPSL.”
Aurora 2 players will have access to training with Aurora and other benefits provided to the first team. Aurora 2 will serve as a pathway for players who are aspiring to make the first team. This team will provide opportunities for local talent to engage with the club year round.
Aurora 2 will start play in the spring of 2024. A search for the coaching staff will begin in October with player tryouts for the team to follow in December 2023 and January 2024. Players that are interested in trying out can complete this form: https://www.mnaurora.com/play-with-us/
Minnesota Aurora is a pre-professional soccer team in the USL W League that plays at TCO Stadium in Eagan, MN. The team is community owned with 3080 community investors.
In its first two seasons, Aurora is undefeated in the regular season at 23-0-1 and has won the Heartland Division title both years. Aurora averages 5800 fans per game. The team was founded by a group of Twin Cities residents to develop the next generation of women’s talent, both on and off the field. For more visit MNAurora.com.
Founded in 2011, the United Premier Soccer League now stands as the largest and most competitive pro-development league in North America. The league was started in Santa Ana, California by Leonel Lopez, with 10 teams. Today the league has nearly 400 clubs competing nationwide, and the Premier Division for Spring 2022 has 255 clubs competing for 32 places in the National Playoff Bracket to become National Champion.
The league occupies the 4th tier of the US Soccer pyramid, just below the three professional tiers in the pyramid. With a participant average age of 22.5 years, the UPSL fills and brings structure to the large gap that exists between the youth game and the professional game, serving thousands of aspiring players and coaches as they strive to further their aspirations and fuel their passions.
For more information:
Andrea Yoch Media@mnaurora.com