Utica, N.Y. - It didn't long, but Utica City FC forward Slavisa Ubiparipovic has fallen in love with Utica.
Ubiparipovic signed on to remain in Utica, inking a two-year extension with the Club on-field prior to the team's match against the Mississauga Metro Stars, on February 10.
"I'd never thought I'd get butterflies again, playing in the league for a few years," said about playing in Utica after the signing. "[The Adirondack Bank Center] is one of the best arenas to play in and it's our home. I am excited to continue my career in Utica."
Ubiparipovic leads the team with 36 points this year, including a team-leading 20 assists. He is second on the team with 16 goals.
Now that the deal is settled and he knows he has a future in Utica, the Bosnia native has taken more time to realize how special this opportunity is for him.
"I was excited when Tommy [Tanner] approached me with that, he had that idea and I was very excited to say yes to that," said Ubiparipovic on Tuesday at the Adirondack Bank Center. "I don't plan on leaving. I could have signed a lifetime contract here in Utica."
He's only played eight games at The Aud, but already he knows it's where he wants to play for the foreseeable future.
"I love the city, I love the support, and of course I love my Bosnian community," he said. "So for them and for all the fans, I'm here to stay for as long as I continue to play soccer."