Dearborn Sports Enterprise (DSE), led by President Dr. Ned Fawaz, is proud to announce the newest member of its sports family: Michigan Stars Football Club (MSFC), a team formally known as FC Sparta. MSFC will be competing in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) in 2014. DSE already includes the Dearborn Stars Soccer Club, which competes exclusively in local leagues.
“We had a vision a few years ago in wanting to bring top-notch, high quality soccer to our local cities,” Fawaz stated. “The success of our Dearborn Stars SC opened the door and helped us form the Michigan Stars FC. We are ecstatic for that vision to become a reality.”
It also did not take long for the MSFC Board of Directors regarding a coaching hire. Dearborn Stars Head Coach Sam Piraine was selected to lead this exciting chapter as MSFC’s first-ever Head Coach. He led the Dearborn Stars to its most successful stretch in club history the previous two seasons, and comes with an accomplished background.
“We as a club are extremely excited to be involved in the NPSL,” Piraine concluded. “The plan is to build a club that every player is proud to be a part of, and give our community a reason to get excited about the sport of soccer.”
The Stars will compete in the Midwest Region’s Great Lakes Conference. The NPSL season runs in the summer months starting in May and culminating with a national championship game in early August.
The NPSL is a national league that operates in the 4th Division of the U.S. Soccer pyramid. The NPSL is the fastest growing national soccer league in the U.S., operating in over 70+ markets across the country. Two Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs, D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls, operate U-23 squads in the NPSL.