The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is proud to announce that Cedar Stars FC, a division of Cedar Stars Academy (CSA), has joined the league as an expansion team. The club, which is located in Chester, NY, will begin competition in the East Region in 2022.
“The North Atlantic Conference has been in search of another strong team in the Hudson Valley, and we have found it in the Cedar Stars,” NPSL Managing Director Cindy Spera said. “This area is exploding with soccer growth. The CSA leadership team has tremendous experience developing successful soccer organizations throughout the U.S. and the world. We expect Cedar Stars FC to emerge as one of the strongest teams in the region.”
Cedar Stars FC is led by Owner and President George Altirs, Vice President and Sporting Director of CSA Anthony Nixon, and General Manager Jim Lagarde.
Shortly after arriving in the US in the late 80’s, Altirs established GMA Accessories with his brother in 1990. GMA, doing business as Capelli New York, would become a leading innovator in the fashion industry over the next 30 years. During that time, the company diversified and expanded internationally, and has been at the forefront of delivering superior products to their vast network of valued customers. Altirs, who is a member of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, took his passion for the sport and established Cedar Stars Academy in 2011. Within ten years CSA has more than 2,500 active male and female athletes amongst its ten branches with several branches reaching the MLS Next and GA leagues.
“The club is focused on helping each individual reach their personal goals on the field while nurturing the love and passion for the game,” Altirs said.
Cedar Stars Academy has many exclusive partnerships and affiliations with professional international and domestic clubs which include MLS Next, GA, MSV Duisburg of the 3. Bundesliga in Germany, Inter Allies FC of the Ghana Division 1 League, and HB Køge of the Danish 1st Division. Through these affiliations, coaches and players that are succeeding within the Cedar Stars Academy program have the opportunity with these clubs around the world.
Lagarde holds multiple national and international coaching licenses. In 2007 he became the founder and partner of Primo Sports Center and launched Primo FC in 2013. In 2016, after progressive years of highly noticeable success with Primo FC and a shared desire to continue to grow the culture and develop players to their highest potentials, Lagarde and Altirs came together to form Capelli Sport Complex and Cedar Stars Academy Hudson Valley. Since the partnership, Cedar Stars Academy Hudson Valley has emerged as one of the top clubs in the region, competing in the prestigious USYS National League P.R.O. within the Eastern Development Program (EDP).
“We are extremely excited, prepared, and ready to create an exciting and talented organization within the NPSL for the greater Hudson Valley community,” Lagarde said. “Our expectation is to compete and challenge for local and national honors and become a major force within the league.”
Home matches will be played at Faller Field Stadium in Middletown, NY. It is a modern stadium that was commissioned in 2014. It is a FIFA-certified venue that seats over 3500 spectators and features a state-of-the-art press box, jumbotron video screen, scoreboard, and locker rooms.
More information can be found by visiting www.cedarstars.com/hudsonvalley-division or by following the club on Facebook (@CedarStarsAcademyHudsonValley), Instagram (@csahudsonvalley), and Twitter (@csahudsonvalley).
“Cedar Stars brings the perfect blend of an accomplished investor group and well-established youth club to the league, and we are excited that they have joined the NPSL,” NPSL Director of Membership Development Dina Case said. “Cedar Stars are already well-known and well-connected to the Hudson Valley community which will undoubtedly offer them tremendous success from the start and the potential to develop into one of the league’s marquee organizations.”
More information about expansion opportunities in the NPSL can be found at npsl.com/expansion.