UPSL National Quarterfinal (Southeast Region) Preview – SCU Heat (Columbia, SC) vs. Little Haiti Supreme FC (Miami, FL)
This Saturday, two of the best semi-pro teams in the country face off in a highly-anticipated matchup between two of the UPSL’s undefeated sides SCU Heat and Little Haiti Supreme FC.
SCU Heat (10-0-0) are the current Mid-Atlantic conference champions and are one of the only teams in the UPSL to finish with a perfect all-win record. After finishing the regular season with an incredible 54 goals scored, SCU Heat are on a streak that has seen them put away 17 goals alone in the last 5 games. After taking down last season’s UPSL National Finalists Beaman United 3-2 in their previous game, they hope to repeat their performance against Little Haiti Supreme.
SCU Heat Head Coach and UPSL Fall 20022 Head Coach of the Season, Asher Quave-Robinson spoke about his team’s mentality ahead of the UPSL National Quarterfinal matchup.
“We feel like if we stick to our gameplan that has gotten us this far, all the little details and problems that arise in the game will be taken care of. We believe we have a very good chance of winning this game.”
“The boys have been working hard in preparation. We know Little Haiti Supreme FC bring incredible energy to the game so the boys have been pushing hard in training this week to match that intensity. Little Haiti causes a lot of problems for defenses around the league, but the most important part is focusing on ourselves and our identity, and how we play.”
Little Haiti Supreme FC (12-1-0) will provide a tough test for the Heat, and are certainly a worthy opponent after finishing first in the Florida South conference and going on a playoff run that includes taking down top MLS Academy side Inter Miami CF. With two forwards with 7 goals each, supported by a dynamic backline, Little Haiti Coach Michel Gabriel spoke about his team’s preparation ahead of the game.
“Our midfield will be modified slightly, but we’ll prepare the same way we always have. Our 4-3-3 playing style is based on a tiki-taka style of play with quick-decision making in the final third. I tell my front three to always keep driving towards goal in every game, the more we shoot, cross and make key-decisions the more we succeed. When we have the ball on offense we go towards goal and pressure the other team, when we lose the ball—the exact same thing intensity. We intend to go all the way in this competition.”
The UPSL National Quarterfinal (Southeast Region) match will be broadcast live this Saturday at 3:00pm (EST) / 12:00pm (PST) on VYRE Network. You can find VYRE on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Android, iPhone, or your Smart TV by downloading the VYRE Network app for free or on their website at www.vyre.tv.
About United Premier Soccer League
The UPSL was formed in 2011 and occupies the unofficial fourth tier of US Soccer. Across its Premier, Division 1 and Womens leagues there are more than 400 teams competing nationwide. The UPSL is now the largest Pro Development League in North America and is a National Affiliate member of the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF). Each UPSL team is individually owned and operated. UPSL teams are eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Rounds through the league’s affiliation with USSF.
More information about UPSL can be found at www.upsl.com or by following the league on Facebook (facebook.com/upslsoccer), Instagram (@upslsoccer) and Twitter (@upslsoccer).