Do Haeng Michael Kitchen

Writer. Attorney. Detroit City FC Til I Die.

Behind the scenes, the transition from the classic NPSL season to the NPSL Members Cup was a bit bumpy.  When the season began, it was to be called the NPSL Founders Cup, as the NPSL was going to grow a professional league for the 2020 season.  Eleven teams were slated to be in the tournament, divided into two regions.

East Region:
Chattanooga FC
Detroit City FC
Miami FC
Miami United FC
Milwaukee Torrent
New York Cosmos

West Region:
ASC San Diego
Cal FC
California United Strikers FC
FC Arizona
Oakland Roots SC

On March 2, 2019, California United Strikers FC withdrew from the Founders Cup.  Three months later, they were accepted into the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA).

On June 27, 2019, Oakland Roots SC withdrew from the NPSL Founders Cup.

On July 24, 2019, Miami FC joined the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA).  This forced the NPSL to rebrand the tournament from the Founders Cup to the NPSL Members Cup, and realign with the removal of some teams and addition of others.  The tournament became a six-team home-and-home competition, best record take-all format featuring:

Chattanooga FC
Detroit City FC
Michigan Stars FC
Milwaukee Torrent
Napa Valley 1839 FC
New York Cosmos

On August 15, 2019, Chattanooga FC, Detroit City FC, and Oakland Roots SC were accepted as members of NISA.

To summarize:

FINAL RECORD 8-1-1 = 25 Points
First Place/Champions!

Goals For:  17
5 -Yazeed Matthews 
2 – Cyrus Saydee, Danny Deakin, Ryan Peterson
1 – Macrello Borges, Stephen Carroll, Jalen Crisler, Richard Bryan, Shawn Lawson, Own Goal by Milwaukee

Goals Against: 4
Clean Sheets: 6

Individual Awards:
Yazeed Matthews – Golden Ball Award (MVP)
Nate Steinwascher – Golden Glove Award (Best Keeper)

NPSL Members Cup Starting XI:
Trevor James – Coach
Nate Steinwascher – Goalkeeper
Stephen Carroll – Defender
Yazeed Matthews – Forward

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