More than 750 team executives and staff members from the three tiers of the United Soccer League will gather in Orlando, Florida this week for the USL’s largest-ever winter summit.
It opened Tuesday morning at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, as USL personnel from around North America continued preparations for the upcoming 2020 seasons.
“The Winter Summit is one of our most important events of the year,” USL President Jake Edwards said in a statement. “It not only offers the chance for all of us to reflect, assess and celebrate another tremendous year across all of our leagues, but also for team executives and staff [to] gain valuable insight from their peers. We look forward to seeing everyone together.”
One of the most popular events on the USL calendar, it features tailored programming in the areas of operations, ticketing, merchandise, communications and social media. Panels include executives from the Championship, League One, League Two and a host of guest speakers.
This year’s summit also features a USL career fair, giving attendees the opportunity to make a move in the business of soccer. The annual USL Trade Show will be a prominent element at the event as well.
- The USL announced Monday a new club in Georgia, East Atlanta FC, will begin play in League Two in the 2020 season. The club will compete in the Deep South Division and play home matches on Friends Field in Conyers, Ga.
- On Tuesday, Championship side Hartford Athletic announced it had acquired defender Kevin Politz via transfer from League One side Greenville Triumph SC. Politz is a New York Red Bulls Academy product, played in 27 games for Greenville this past season, totaling 74 clearances, 10 blocks and 26 interceptions. He played his college ball at Wake Forest and was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2017.
- Las Vegas Lights FC announced the signing of centerback Ramon Martin Del Campo Monday. A 27-year-old native of Mexico, he has played in the USL Championship since 2017 with the Ottawa Fury and Fresno FC.