This Friday, May 17, Corpus Christi FC being their 2019 USL League Two season, with the home tie against Albion Hurricane FC Royals set to get the ball rolling.
The game comes with the players and the coaches still living on the high from the 6-0 victory over FC Thunder, where the team has now established and proved themselves to be a serious contender for the conference this time around, thanks to that magnificent performance.
Going into this campaign, the Sharks will be spearheaded once again by head coach Dr. Sebastian Giraldo. Dr. Giraldo will take charge of the team for the second season, after guiding the boys to a fourth-place finish in the Mid South Division in 2018.
The boss spoke to CorpusCFC.com to preview the upcoming season and believes the team’s attacking style and fluidity will prove vital this year.
“We play such attacking football and that is our strength. The fans can expect an attacking style of play, and we know this will get us the W. The game against Thunder proved that once we get into the style we know we live by, we will score.”
Dr. Giraldo has been pushing the team through the pre-season and knows just how important that time was in order to integrate his philosophy.
“The difference is, we have had nine days to train this year so we are more of a unit. We had the game against the Thunder in April and because of those nine days we have been able to get so much done and that is going to be so important.”
This pre-season and the incredible victory over the Thunder, has given Dr. Giraldo huge hope for the upcoming season, as he looks to take the conference by storm this time around.
“As a coach, I believe we can win (the conference) but we know it will be tough. I have faith in the team. We’re a very attacking-soccer focused team, based on high possession and fluid movement. We have a team filled with intelligent, technical athletes that want to keep the ball and express themselves creatively when they play.”
During the time since the finale of the 2018 campaign, Dr. Giraldo and the coaching staff have been on the lookout for specific players, who will boost the philosophy he is creating here at Corpus Christi FC. His mentality to bring in unique players to fit the mold is what he believes could be the telling tale, in what is going to be an exciting campaign for him and his men.
“This year we have a mix of local and international athletes. We got these guys in specifically to play in the CCFC system. They are physically smaller than most teams, but we know we have excellent decision makers, who are highly technical with a desire to keep the ball and enjoy themselves.”
Dr. Sebastian Giraldo will take charge of the team for their season opener this Friday at the Dr. Jack Dugan Soccer Stadium. Be sure to get your tickets and get down to watch the Sharks play, because it is sure to be an enticing season for Dr. Giraldo and his team.