The Upstate Strikers indoor soccer team announced during a press conference Tuesday that it will play home games this season in the Civic Center of Anderson. Ken Ruinard/Independent Mail

Contrary to an announcement made at a news conference in Anderson this week, the newly formed Upstate Strikers are not affiliated with the Major Arena Soccer League.

After presenting a team jersey to Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns on Tuesday, Upstate Strikers spokeswoman Bailey Lee said, “We are very excited to be bringing the Major Arena Soccer League here to Anderson.”

Major Arena Soccer League Commissioner Joshua Schaub told the Independent Mail on Wednesday that the Upstate Strikers are not part of his league.

On Thursday morning, Anderson County officials released a letter from the team seeking to clarify the issue. The men’s squad is expected to play six to eight games at the Civic Center of Anderson starting in December.



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