What is Riverside Coras? A brief overview of the local Riverside team.

If you’re a Riverside fan for a long time or just gaining interest in the semi-professional club, here’s a good read about what it is, where it’s been and where it’s going. Deportivo Coras USA is currently playing in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) 4th div. of the U.S. Soccer Federation.  We represent the South-Western Conference along with 6 other competitive clubs. We are affiliated to Coras Tepic FC, professional club in the Liga de Ascenso (Pro/Reg division) and have connections with other Pro Clubs in Mexico. Deportivo Coras USA has a core relationship with local universities and community colleges for developing professionals On and Off the pitch like University of Riverside and Cal Baptist. Education is mandatory for players under the age of 21.

HISTORY 

Deportivo Coras began in 1966-67 when the Sanchez brothers and friends came together for a friendly church tournament. Winning this tournament and later two Championship seasons at Belvedere Soccer League in East Los Angeles; gave them reasons to buy a franchise slot in the California League in 1969. Today, Deportivo Coras plays in the National Premier Soccer League, 4th tier under the U.S. Soccer Federation. We continue to carry the tradition of excellence and a strong relationship with Professional Club Coras Tepic FC in Nayarit Mexico. We now reside in the beautiful City of Riverside and have an amazing support system from our local city leaders, universities and community.

 

Ownership

The Majority owners are the Lopez family with 66.5% and Robert Lopez as President. The minority owners are the Velasquez family with 28.5%. The community ownership group has 5% (This will max out at 25% within the next 2-3 years).

 

The NPSL

The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is the successor to the Men’s Premier Soccer League (MPSL), which was formed in 2002. The league started in the West Region with teams from the Northern California area. In 2005, the league expanded to a national format with the introduction of a Midwest region. The NPSL expanded further in 2007 by adding a Northeast region. In 2011, with the addition of a Southeast region, the National Premier Soccer League has truly become a nationwide league. In 2014, NPSL became the largest national soccer league in the US Soccer development pyramid with over 80 teams all over the country. Over 30 expansion teams joined the NPSL for the 2014 season, and the league is nearing the entrance of its 100th team.
The NPSL is sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the governing body of soccer in the United States. The NPSL operates and is managed as a team-run league. The structure of the league allows each team to have one vote. Each team is individually owned and operated, and is responsible for maintaining league minimum standards.

Playoff Structure

If you’re unfamiliar about how the league functions don’t worry, we got you covered. If you’re a Riverside fan or follow Riverside’s progress, here’s what you got to know. There’s 7 teams (including Coras) in the South-Western Conference; ASC Albion San Diego, Fc Arizona, FC Golden State (from PDL), OCFC, Oxnard Guerreros Fc and lastly our rival Temecula Fc. We play 12 games total, home and away each opponent. The top three teams qualify for the west region playoffs. Meanwhile the Golden Gate Conference is top 2 teams and the Northwest Conference as well with 1 wildcard spot (top remaining PPG team in any West Region conference). The 3 conference champions will be seeded 1-3 by PPG. The wildcard team will be seeded 8th. The remaining 4 teams will be seeded 4-7 by PPG, regardless of conference. So let’s say for example Riverside is 1st in the southwest, they play the wildcard team (let’s say Fc Arizona) in a 1-match knockout round where the higher seed hosts the game. Riverside then wins and moves to the semi-finals vs let’s say Sonoma County Sol FC by again 1-match knockout round with higher seed as host. Riverside wins again and moves to the west region final against FCM Portland. They narrowly pass Portland by penalties and now go to the grand final against the east region winner Detroit city FC. That’s the perfect scenario for your Riverside team to become NPSL champs.

 

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