Cindy Spera is named NPSL's managing director

Cindy Spera, whose career included Soccer America Freshman All-American Team honors at Cornell, W-League titles with Long Island Rough Riders and a USASA championship with New York Athletic Club, has been named the NPSL's managing director.

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"We are so fortunate to have within the NPSL family a proven leader who has shown success in both soccer and business,” NPSL chairman Joe Barone said. "Cindy's played many, many critical roles in the building of the NPSL so she can fit right in and manage the league accordingly."

Spera has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry, serving as the COO of Global Operations for Morgan Stanley, and held positions with the New York Athletic Club, Women’s Premier Soccer League and Cosmopolitan Soccer League, in addition to the NPSL, where she spent three years on the league’s board of directors as treasurer and later served as its director of operations.

“This is an exciting time to be involved with soccer in this country,” Spera said. “The amateur game and grassroots soccer, and leagues like the NPSL, will play an important part in the evolution of soccer in the United States.  I am excited to apply my combination of soccer and business experience to develop the league and bring it to the next level of success.”

The NPSL has expanded to 98 teams in 2018, including teams from three NASL clubs without a league.

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