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Professional Soccer Comes To New Haven

Elm City Express Master 1200px copy 360 360 86 sha 100NEW HAVEN:  Professional “football” is coming to New Haven in the form of The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). The Elm City Express has joined the league as an expansion team and the club will compete in the Northeast Region’s Atlantic Conference. Just last month, Aron Sarwar and Hami Kara announced that they were bring soccer and the league to Hartford.

The NPSL is a national league that operates in the 4th Division of the U.S. Soccer pyramid.  And has more than fifty teams spread across the country in cities as diverse as Perkaski, Pa., Fort Worth Tx., Chattanooga Tenn., Miami, Fl., and now Hartford and New Haven.

“We’re very excited about adding another team in Connecticut,” NPSL Chairman Joe Barone commented. “We are also enthused by this ownership group, one that has international connections and massive experience.  Our fans and supporters will be treated to an incredible rivalry between Elm City Express and Hartford City FC.  There is no question that it’s an exciting time for NPSL soccer in Connecticut.”

The Elm City Express is led by President Zack Henry, Vice President Luiz Henrique Martins Ribeiro, General Manager Brian Neumeyer, and Head Coach Teddy Haley.

“One of the interesting and differentiating characteristics of the Elm City Express ownership organization is that for roughly two years we have owned and managed a professional soccer club in Brazil: Clube Atlético Tubarão,” Henry noted. “Through that experience, we have learned a lot: including the importance of being as engaged as possible with our local fan base and community. :

Elm City Express General Manager Brian Neumeyer recently completed his 19th year as the head coach for the boys’ varsity soccer team at Newtown High School.

Elm City Express Head Coach Teddy Haley is a three-time Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Coach of the Year, and is entering his 12th season as head coach of the Post University men's soccer.

Elm City Express home matches will be played at Yale University’s Reese Stadium, it features permanent stadium seating for roughly 1,250 as well as bleacher seating at field level. More information about the club can be found at