Corpus Christi FC is in its second year of existence as a soccer club, and as the organization continues to grow, the fans begin to blossom, the brand new Academy starts to flourish and the city begins to harmonize with soccer chants for their local team. CCFC has quickly turned into something that the community has become proud to represent, and as the bleachers become packed to the rafters, those who don the red and blue of the club have become household names.
With the roster made up of names hailing from countries such as Serbia, England, Australia, and Argentina there is one man from just around the block who knows the importance of representing the Sharks more than anyone – our local lad, Seth Korenek.
Korenek, who was raised in Corpus Christi, has been with the club since it’s inception, and he spoke to CorpusCFC.com about what it means to represent his family and his city, the importance of the fans, and bringing the community together through the sport of soccer.
“It means so much to represent my city, my town, my family. I am so proud to be play for my own city. The team this year has been great so far, we’ve got a really great team this season and we know we are constantly improving. The coaches have done a great job finding guys who fit the system.”
Not just has Korenek been able to represent the city in which he grew up in, the 19-year old was also given the honor of captaining the side against Brazos Valley Cavalry, and despite the loss that day, he knows the team can still compete for the playoffs.
“It’s definitely a possibility (to win the division), we’re taking it game by game, and I know with the way we play and with what the coaches are doing that we will constantly get better as we play together more.
“Personally, I know I am playing at my best when I am on and off the ball, playing simple and creating for the team. Building from the back is a massive part of our aim and we’re doing it well at the moment.”
Seth was one of the first-ever players to sign for the club and he knows just how important Corpus Christi FC has been in giving him the chance to progress. And, with the new Academy alongside the club’s exceptional growth, Korenek knows there are more soccer stars to come from the Sparkling City by the Sea.
“This club is huge for the community. Giving the city a platform and giving kids an opportunity to pursue a career in soccer is amazing.
“For example, the Academy that is up and running now is going to be great for youth soccer in Corpus Christi and this can hopefully put a lot of kids on the map and even progress the kids up to the first team.”
Korenek, a long time soccer fan, has played a huge role in the growth of soccer in this city. Without people like Seth, the sport down these parts may not have blossomed as it has, and with the opportunities to play now at our doorstep, the Sharks star believes soccer in this city will continue to flourish.
“For me, Corpus Christi is a city of opportunity. I was given my first opportunity in soccer here with Corpus Christi FC and it has opened up so many doors for me in the soccer world. The club and the city has sparked my desire to achieve my goals so much more and I know this will happen with more kids.”
And as CCFC shirts begin to flood the city, whilst the soccer chants echo around the Coastal Bend, one of own, Seth Korenek, knows just how important the fans are, not just for the team, but for the city.
“I am eternally grateful for the fans, without them our home games would not be the same. We constantly have the biggest crowd in the conference and we were top five in the conference last year and having so many people from our city come out and support us has a big impact on the team.”