San Diego, CA., June 6, 2023—  Surf Cup Sports (San Diego, CA) is proud to announce the launch of our newest partner club, Desert Empire Surf, in a strategic partnership with Empire Surf. In the world of youth sports, the Surf brand is renowned for professionalism, elite event management, high-quality coaching, and, most importantly, a deep commitment to player development, resulting in hundreds of All-American athletes and thousands of scholarships. Our mission is to create experiences and opportunities for kids, and we’re excited to announce our next step toward achieving this goal in the Palm Desert area and beyond.

Effective immediately, Palm Desert Soccer Club will transition to the newly formed Desert Empire Surf. Based in Palm Desert, CA, Desert Empire Surf will join the Surf brand to build a regional powerhouse in conjunction with Empire Surf that will create improved experiences ability to share resources and opportunities for all players in the area.

The Surf Nation community has a proven track record of developing players and seeing them move through the player pathway into the US National Team Program as well as into the professional and collegiate ranks. Led by the most experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate soccer minds in the state, Desert Empire Surf will provide high-quality programming and a complete pathway for elite players in the Palm Desert area and beyond.

“We strive to make Surf Nation stronger in talent every single day,” says Andy Prosser, Surf Nation Director. “As our Surf Nation Program continues to expand, it’s great to see our current Empire Surf Club partner with like-minded coaches and administrators that are dedicated to our mission to provide the best experiences and opportunities for their athletes. We are delighted to move into an area with such a deep player and coach talent.”

“Empire Surf Soccer Club is excited to announce our strategic partnership with Palm Desert Soccer Club, now Desert Empire Surf,” says Mark Connelly, Empire Surf Regional Director. “The Desert Communities have a proud, longstanding reputation of producing great teams and players, and this partnership will provide more resources for the Players, Coaches, and communities. In addition, the top-level teams and players in the Desert Community will have access to Elite Programming like Elite 64 National League, NPL, Surf Select Regional and National Teams, and the SoCal league to complement their already robust offering.”

“Palm Desert Soccer Club is excited to grow and continue to provide improved opportunities for our community. This mutually beneficial relationship between PDSC and Empire Surf brings much-needed support for our Desert players and coaches. Player pathways to the next level, team pathways to higher-level leagues, and tools and resources to improve coaching education are just a few of the highlights we look forward to. I’m eager to continue my education as a club leader and explore ideas that we will gain from new peers and mentors. Our journey as Desert Empire Surf begins now,” said Jimmy Jordan, Desert Empire Surf Executive Director,

With the support of the Empire Surf leadership team, Desert Empire Surf will continue to provide the best player development experience, pathway, and opportunities in the community. Being part of the Surf Nation network, Desert Empire Surf players and families will have access to additional support on and off the field to ensure we remain the number one soccer destination.

The top players from Desert Empire will have direct access to Surf Regional & National Select, an unprecedented identification program built through Surf Nation. This program allows selected

players to compete in the best international and domestic events, picking from a player pool that expands from Puerto Rico and Rhode Island to Hawaii and Canada.

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About Surf:

For over 46 years, Surf has been one of the founding organizations in youth soccer. With over $12 Million in charitable donations, 17 national championships, and countless professional, collegiate, and youth national team players, we are forever striving to be the “Best of the Best.”

Desert Empire Surf joins our 50 Surf National Affiliates to comprise what we’re proud to call Surf Nation.