NPSL Brings Italian Flair to Washington

Dott Sandro Mencucci, Giuseppe Pezzano, and Prof Vincenzo Vergine (courtesy Giuseppe Pezzano)

Coming soon to soccer fields across Pierce County, Washington, is a National Premier Soccer League expansion team with Italian flavor. Giuseppe Pezzano and Italian College life are partnering to bring a fifth team to the Northern Conference of NPSL’s West Region. The new team’s name and branding will be announced in the next few weeks.

College Life Italia is, according to its website, “the first company that helps Italian students and student-athletes to come to the United States with athletic and academic scholarships.”

Pezzano has a decade of experience in soccer, including the NPSL. His other NPSL club, Seattle OSA FC, has claimed two conference championships.

Pezzano will be able to help College Life Italia to bring a slice of Italian football to the Pacific Northwest.

  • Italian players will be brought in to augment a roster of players local to Pierce County.
  • An Italian coach will be hired to lead the squad.
  • An Italian style of training will be executed.

“Through this club we are working to make more soccer available to more players and fans, and by collaborating with local academies we will open up many new opportunities to players,” College Life Italia CEO Stefano Radio stated in an NPSL press release. “Another exciting element that this collaboration adds to the strength and growth of the soccer community is that it opens up opportunities for players to go to college throughout the states and play college soccer, or for players to go abroad and study and play. This year College Life successfully placed 80 Italians in college, and our vast network of college contacts can be used to place American students/players that play for the team as well. By playing with our team we will be able to evaluate the player’s skills and level and make contact with our colleges who we know are looking for specific player types.”

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