KINGSTON – Dennis Crowley is hoping for a Happy New Year with his newest venture, the Kingston Stockade Professional soccer team. The team official announced its affiliation as the newest expansion team of the National Premiere Soccer League, on November 27th, and has been holding meet ups at Keegan’s Ale in Kingston to meet the community.
“What we’re really trying to do is build a community around this”, said Crowley at Wednesday night’s Meet Up, ” And as much as this is about soccer, it’s about just getting people together in the town who are excited about a whole bunch of different things.” Crowley’s mission is to create a community around soccer and knows a thing or two about creating social communities.
Crowley is the Chairman of the Stockade, and also the co-founder and CEO of Foursquare, overseeing the strategic vision and product roadmap that has grown the Foursquare community to more than 50 million people around the world.
The Stockade FC is also guided by a prestigious board of advisors. Those advisors include Greg Lalas, Michael Milberger, and Dan Hoffay. A former professional soccer player and longtime soccer journalist, Lalas is currently the vice president of content for Major League Soccer. Milberger, a former D-I college soccer player, is now director of video content for MLS. Hoffay is a Hudson Valley native and the co-founder/President of American Outlaws Hudson Valley.
“We expect to field a team of homegrown, regional talent from the Hudson Valley that is capable of making its way to the NPSL playoffs and earning a spot to compete in the U.S. Open Cup,” Crowley added.
While Stockade will play its home games at Dietz Stadium in Kingston, the aim is to represent the entire Hudson Valley area and hope that people from Kingston to Beacon, Newburgh to Albany will help build and shape the dynamics of a community supportive the club and the club supporting the community
“The quality of NPSL clubs and the communities behind them have been on the rise over the past few years,” Crowley concluded. “We believe the Hudson Valley has the talent, passion, and audience to support a soccer club that can compete at a high level, and we hope Stockade FC can be a showcase of that talent and a point of pride for the entire Hudson Valley community.”
More information about Stockade FC can be found at www.stockadefc.com or by following them on Twitter (@stockadeFC), Instagram (@stockadeFC), and Facebook (www.facebook.com/stockadeFC).
ABOUT THE NPSL
The NPSL is a national league that operates in the 4th Division of the U.S. Soccer pyramid. NPSL teams are eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup through their affiliation with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). The NPSL remains one of the largest national leagues in North America.