Corpus Christi, TX. The Corpus Christi FC, The Sharks, will open its inaugural season on the road as the league announces the 2018 PDL schedule. The 14-match slate will include seven home matches at Dr. Jack A. Dugan Family Soccer and Track Stadium, Texas A& M University, Corpus Christi (TAMUCC). All home matches are scheduled for kick off at 7PM. The Sharks will be competing in the Southern Conference’s Mid-South Division. Teams in the division include: FC Cleburne, Houston FC, OKC Energy U23, Texas United, Albion AHFC and Brazos Valley Cavalry FC.
The Sharks will play one exhibition match with Houston FC of the USL-PDL on April 21, 2018 at its home stadium.
In May, the Sharks will have a home opener match at Jack A. Dugan Family Soccer and Track Stadium. This will take place on Saturday May 19 when Corpus Christi FC will host FC Cleburne for the first ever USL affiliated official soccer match in the Coastal Bend region. The Sharks will follow up its home opener with another home match on Friday May 25 against Texas United.
In June, the sharks will play two home matches. The first will be on Friday June 24 against Brazos Valley Cavalry FC and on Saturday June 30 against OKC Energy FC.
In July, Corpus Christi FC will host Texas United on Friday July 6 and Houston United on Sunday July 8. The final home game against Albion AHFC Royal is yet to be scheduled.
Corpus Christi FC first matches of the season will be away from home on May 10 against Houston FC and May 13th against Albion AHFC. The Sharks will be hosted by Texas United on June 4, Brazos Valley Calvary FC on June 9 and FC Cleburne on June 20. The Sharks last match against OKC Energy FC in Oklahoma City, OK in July 2018 is yet to be scheduled. All away matches will have times to be determined by the host city.
In all, Corpus Christi FC will host seven regular season games at Dr. Jack A. Dugan Family Soccer and Track Stadium, Texas A& M University, Corpus Christi along with one friendly match on April 21.
The final regular season home match will be on Sunday July 8 and the regular season finale will be before July 15th as the players travel to play OKC Energy FC in Oklahoma City, OK. USL-PDL National play off matches will run from July to mid-August 2018.
The USL-PDL is a great platform for Corpus Christi FC’s players to compete and perform to get exposure for the next level. ‘Corpus Christi FC should bring excitement to every local athlete and supporter, as it gives a direct pathway to professional soccer’ said Sammy Giraldo, Head Coach of the Sharks.
Flexible (Flex) game day tickets and Season Ticket Memberships are now available for sale on their website. https://corpuscfc.com/tickets/
For 23 years, the PDL has served as a major development platform for players in North America. More than 550 PDL alums took part in the 2017 Major League Soccer and United Soccer League regular seasons. Among the PDL alumni include 2017 MLS Defender of the Year, Ike Opara, 2017 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, Tim Melia and U.S. Men’s National Team members, Brad Guzan, Sacha Kljestan and Darlington Nagbe.
A printable 2018 Home and Away schedule is available here https://corpuscfc.com/schedule/
PHOTO :The individuals listed from left to right are :PDL Co-Directors Mike Panter and Chris Madden , Sammy Giraldo Head Coach ,Dr Kingsley Okonkwo CCFC Club President and Joel Nash Director, Business Development United Soccer League.
By Artuğ Altuğ, Hannah Hurley, Serena Demartino and Kingsley Okonkwo/CCFC