The Premier Development League announced today the addition of Corpus Christi FC (Football Club) for the 2018 season.
“The club will bring a world-class soccer experience to a wonderful community and will provide an avenue for future professionals to hone their craft and gain exposure on a national landscape,” PDL Director Todd Eason said.
The Corpus Christi FC will be owned and operated by local pediatrician Dr. Kingsley Okonkwo, who is intent on turning the club into a source of pride for the region.
“We are very excited to receive expansion rights for a PDL team here in Corpus Christi, Texas,” said Club President Dr. Okonkwo. “This gives us another avenue to engage and provide affordable entertainment to the community. We hope to rally the community behind the Corpus Christi FC and provide a high level of professionalism both on and off the field.”
Head coach for the team will be Sammy Giraldo, also a Corpus Christi-local, who holds a U.S. Soccer Federation “A” License.
“Corpus Christi FC should be exciting for every local athlete and supporter, as it gives a direct pathway to professional soccer and provides the community the unique chance of creating and molding something special for many years to come,” said Giraldo. “This is an opportunity for elite soccer athletes in the Coastal Bend and the surrounding areas to continue their development and potentially make the jump to the USL and MLS or other professional systems.”
Corpus Christi FC becomes the fourth expansion team to be announced for the 2018 PDL season. The team is currently scheduling meetings with potential sponsors for the inaugural season.
The team will play its home matches at Dr. Jack A. Dugan Family Soccer Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.
Want to help name the team? Head over to the Corpus Christi FC Twitter account and vote for your favorite! Choices include “Corpus Christi Sharks,” “Corpus Christi Fleet,” “Corpus Christi Pirates,” and “Corpus Christi Seasiders.”