The National Premier Soccer League Thursday announced that Carpathia FC of Sterling Heights, Mich. has joined the league as an expansion team.

The club will begin competition in the Midwest Region’s Great Lakes Conference in 2020.

“Carpathia FC is yet another great addition to the Great Lakes Conference,” NPSL managing director Cindy Spera said. “They have a long history, colorful culture and a loyal following in their community, trademarks of a successful NPSL organization. We look forward to seeing how they grow and thrive under the NPSL brand.”

At the Carpathia Club, Donauschwaben and German cultural heritage continues through sport, tradition, food, and friendship. Carpathia was established in 1913 as the Carpathia Choir (Carpathia Singing Society). Since then, the club has grown to include a variety of interests including dance groups, German school, soccer, sportsmen’s group, brass musicians, ladies’ group, groups for seniors, and still proudly includes the choir that started it all.

The success of the Carpathia soccer program began back in 1962 when the Carpathia Kickers won the National Amateur championship.

Carpathia FC is led by president/wwner Bruce Wilden, general manager Franco Giorgi, and head coach Marcel Schmid.

Wilden is a former Carpathia Kickers and Michigan State University player. Giorgi spent time with the Carpathia Kickers, Carpathia FC, and Madonna University.

Schmid, a former Madonna University goalkeeper, is best known for his time with German side VfB Stuttgart.

“The entire process of joining the NPSL has been an exciting journey and something Carpathia FC is honored to be a part of,” Wilden said. “The history of the NPSL and the history of the Carpathia Club seemed to be a perfect fit at a time where we were looking to take the FC team to the next level. The challenge of joining such a prestigious league is a challenge we are looking forward to. We will strive to be great examples to the youth teams at the Carpathia Club on and off the field and use the NPSL platform as goals for the kids to work towards.”

Home matches for Carpathia FC will be played at Avondale High School in Auburn Hills, Mich. The stadium, which features a turf field with lights, provides seating for over 2,000 with access to hotels and highways. This will be Carpathia’s fourth season playing at the school.

“Carpathia FC has a long history of successful men’s amateur teams,” NPSL director of membership development Dina Case said. “They are poised and ready to grow as a successful club at the next level. We are pleased that Carpathia has joined the NPSL and expect them to be a competitive and successful organization for both the Great Lakes Conference and the league.”