Bayside FC R.I. Strikers, CYSA’s CSP United begin soccer affiliation this fall

Bayside FC R.I. Strikers, CYSA’s CSP United begin soccer affiliation this fall

SMITHFIELD – The Bayside FC R.I. Strikers and Cumberland Youth Soccer Association’s CSP United joined forces last Tuesday, May 28, to announce a new partnership that will begin in the 2019-2020 season and promise to expand the player development goals of both organizations.

The combined programs, which offer recreational, town travel, and Premier soccer to their players, will create the largest soccer family in the northern part of this state, with a pool of over 2,000 players and 100 coaches, as well as hundreds of volunteers and certified referees between the two clubs.

The teams will compete in the New England Premiership or equivalent starting this fall, and players will have the opportunity to be ID’d by Bayside FC NPL (National Premier Leagues) and Revolution Academy coaches. Players in northern Rhode Island will have a pathway from recreational soccer all the way to Premiership and the Revolution Academy through their affiliation with Bayside FC.

“This affiliation between the Bayside FC R.I. Strikers and CSP United solidifies the clubs’ dominance in northern R.I. and will continue to expand our mission of providing the highest level of soccer available to our members at an affordable price,” Lionel Delos, the president of Smithfield Youth Soccer and vice president of Bayside FC R.I. Strikers, said in a press release.

“The club philosophy, structure, and soccer IQ of Cumberland’s CSP United program align perfectly with our core philosophy of player development and offering a clear pathway of success for every player within our program,” Delos added.

“We are very excited about this partnership opportunity and the pathway that it provides for the players within our organization and in northern R.I.,” Mike Friedland, the president of CYSA, and Chris Butler, the vice president of travel programs for CYSA, said in a joint press release.

“CYSA has always had a solid foundation for our families and players, and our CSP program has always been the next step for allowing our children to play together at a slightly higher level. This partnership with Bayside FC R.I. Strikers, and affiliation with Bayside FC, will give our teams and players the point at the top of the development pyramid to play at the highest levels at an affordable cost.

“We were very pleased with the similarities in goals and objectives between the Bayside FC R.I. Strikers and CSP United, and we look forward to a great partnership between all of the players and coaches.”

Bayside FC RI Strikers and CSP United are currently holding their team tryouts respectively per their tryout schedules that were already published, and from there, they will start the collaboration process. Visit www.ristrikersfc.com and www.cysa-ri.org for more information.