Five Michigan NPSL clubs including AFC Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids FC, Lansing United, Kalamazoo FC and the Michigan Stars, will be participating in the newly formed Michigan Milk Cup. The goal of the competition is to crown Michigan’s top participating club annually through a point system including all regular season matches between said clubs. At the end of the NPSL regular season, the club with the most points will be crowned Michigan’s top team, securing the Milk Cup and prize money.
The 2017 Michigan Milk Cup will include 40 fixtures (within NPSL Great Lakes Conference play). With home and homes for every side, each club will have 4 home matches and 4 away trips to secure their title as Michigan’s top club. The NPSL Midwest Region is set to announce their schedule in February. As all 5 organizations belong to the Great Lakes Conference, fans will have a great map for their team’s path to the top very soon.
Lansing United owner, Jeremy Sampson is thrilled about the new regional partnership and Michigan Milk Cup.
He added, “"Lansing United is excited to partner with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan in 2017. We have always used chocolate milk as a recovery drink for our players, they love drinking it. We are also thrilled to be participating in the Milk Means More Cup this season, battling it out to see who the best team in Michigan is."
The National Premier Soccer League is a 4th tier semi-pro national soccer league with four regions spread across the country. The Midwest Region hosts 3 conferences including the Great Lakes, which includes six Michigan clubs. Last season, newcomers Grand Rapids FC and AFC Ann Arbor advanced to the Midwest Region playoffs where both teams were eliminated by soon to be national champions, AFC Cleveland. The 2017 season will run from early May until late July with the NPSL playoffs taking place at the end of the season (late July/early August). For more information on the league visit NPSL.com.
The United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM) is the umbrella organization for the Dairy Council of Michigan and the American Dairy Association of Michigan.
We believe milk is a natural beverage that delivers nutrition, health, and true local flavor. We are dedicated to being your credible source for information about dairy foods and Michigan dairy farming by providing science-based nutrition information to foster a healthier society.
Our dairy farm families proudly produce milk in their communities using state-of-the-art practices to ensure it is wholesome and fresh. We are committed to raising awareness of the benefits of consuming dairy products among generations of Michigan residents. We accomplish this by working with health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumers and the media. For more information visit the Milk Means More website here.
Michigan Stars FC welcomes the Michigan Milk Cup as a great platform to further showcase the talent here in Michigan on the pitch but also to create a local competition that unifies the communities throughout the state while encouraging healthy habits, including milk.
“We are excited to be a part of such a strong group of clubs now competing for the Michigan Milk Cup in its debut season,” stated Stars Head Coach, Andy Wagstaff. “Our club is honored to be a part of this new cup and are looking forward to increasing awareness to high level soccer in Michigan with the help of our sponsors.”
Regarding the sponsorship and announcement of the Cup competition, Stars President Shereef Akeel states, “This is a unique partnership between United Dairy and the Michigan NPSL teams is a testament to our league’s shared vision to bring the best of products to our growing soccer community.
You can’t go wrong with milk and soccer.”
Further announcements on the Michigan Star FC 2017 season will be coming soon. For more information, please go to www.MichiganStarsFC.com and follow us on twitter @MichiganStarsFC and Facebook Michigan Stars FC.