Paul Caligiuri named UPSL's director of player development

Former U.S. national team star Paul Caligiuri has been named the UPSL's director of player development.

Caligiuri, who ran for U.S. Soccer president earlier in the year, is currently the head coach and technical director of Orange County FC, which has teams in the NPSL and UPSL. He was capped by the USA 110 times and started at both the 1990 and 1994 World Cups. He spent six years in Germany and six in MLS. After retiring as a player, he spent seven seasons as a coach at Division 2 Cal Poly Pomona.

"Paul's on-field credentials are impeccable and his experience on the business side of the game will be a tremendous asset as the UPSL's player development efforts continue to expand," said UPSL commissioner Yan Skwara. "Paul understands the opportunities in American soccer and how it ties in with the UPSL's growth objectives. Working with UPSL and its large memberships of teams, coaches, players and fans will give Paul the opportunity to accomplish unilateral goals."

The UPSL, which operates split seasons, was formed in 2011 as a Southern California amateur league. It currently includes more than 200 teams competing across the country this fall.

"There is so much potential in this country," Caligiuri said, "and it's great to be part of an organization that is committed to players, coaches and teams across America."

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