Regals FC to hold benefit match for former player killed by lightning

Posted: November 6, 2010 in Regals FC

The Regals FC family will remember one of its brothers. The team has dedicated its home opener to Franco Olascoaga.

Oct. 24 match against Corpus Christi will raise funds for the family of Franco Olascoaga

Houston, TX, (October 8, 2010)—Regals FC encourages fans and the local community to come together to support the family of Franco Olascoaga in a benefit match on Oct. 24 at Woodforest Bank Stadium in Shenandoah, TX.  Olascoaga, 21, passed away Oct. 7 after he was struck by lightning while coaching a youth soccer team four weeks earlier. 

Regals FC will donate all game proceeds to Olascoaga’s family.  This includes revenue from tickets, which are available at the gate for $10 per person.   The team will also reach out to the family by allowing Franco’s younger brother, Paul, to suit up for the team and take the field in his brother’s honor.  Regals FC hopes to draw a large crowd as the match is also the team’s home opener for the Southern Premier Soccer League 2010 winter season. 

A Porter native, Olascoaga played for Regals FC in early 2010.  He spent much of his youth playing for clubs across the Houston area including Melrose, Texas Heat, and most recently for JC Premier.  Olascoaga graduated from New Caney High School in 2008.  On Sept. 9, he was coaching two dozen nine to twelve-year-old players from the Dynamic Soccer Club at Crippen Elementary School when he was struck by a stray lightning bolt.  Witnesses say that it was not raining at the time of the incident.  Olascoaga was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in critical condition where he passed away on Oct. 7. 

“Franco was a very good person with a tremendous amount of passion for the game,” said Regals FC General Manager Stephen Heisler.  “He will be missed by us all.  Not many 21-year-olds have the maturity it takes to lead a group of young players, but Franco was made for it. He gave the kids everything he could, but most of all, he passed on his love and respect of the game.”

“I am very excited about the opportunity to honor my brother at this game,” Paul Olascoaga said on Friday.  “Nothing would make me happier than to play well and be able to stay on the Regals FC roster.”

 The Olascoaga family will be attending the viewing on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Brookside Funeral Home, 13401 Eastex Freeway, in Houston. All are welcome.

 Tickets for the benefit game can be purchased at the gate.  Kick-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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