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Scottish club offers publicity, possibilities for Pirate SC players and organization

Galveston, TX, (December 7, 2010)—Galveston Pirate SC general manager and coach Brendan Keyes is proud to announce that his organization has aligned with Ayr United Football Academy (AUFA), the developmental unit of the premier Scottish 2nd Division squad, Ayr United FC.   The association will offer both sides publicity and support benefits with future transatlantic tournaments and playing opportunities in the plans.    

Keyes had connected this past summer with AUFA journalist Marc Roseblade, who has generously posted Pirate SC game stories on his site,  The new official partnership will further deepen the ties between the two respected clubs.  Keyes believes it will open the door to outstanding opportunities for his elite players to take their game to the next level.

“This is a fantastic time for the Pirate SC community,” Keyes said.  “Ayr United has one of the richest histories in the game.  My players will have the chance to go over there and train with AUFA, which plays against some of the world’s top academies such as Manchester United and FC Barcelona.  If they’re good enough, they may one day advance to play with the first-team squad, an experience of a lifetime.”

For now, and at the least, AUFA and Galveston Pirate SC supporters will rally around each other to bring encouragement and publicity to the clubs.  In the future, it is hoped that the affiliation will extend beyond intercontinental relations and awareness, and launch a cross-Atlantic soccer tournament. 

The Southern Premier Soccer League (SPSL) already boasts ties with esteemed international organizations.  Club America has planted an academy team in Houston, and talk exists about FC Barcelona one day seeking a Houston academy branch as well.  The SPSL is always looking to grow and welcomes premier teams to apply, academy affiliation or otherwise. 

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Restaurant will serve as team’s post-game headquarters and fan gathering point

Galveston, TX, (October 22, 2010)—Galveston Pirate General Manager Brendan Keyes announced that the team has added Strand Bar and Grill as its newest sponsor.  The team will meet at the restaurant following its Southern Premier Soccer League (SPSL) home matches and encourages fans, family and friends to join for fun, food and drinks. 

Strand Bar and Grill offers a variety of affordable menu items.  Appetizers and soups and salads are all available for under $10 as are its burgers and sandwiches.  The restaurant boasts an extensive seafood menu.  Kids meals are also offered in this family-friendly environment, and there are side choices to suit any person’s taste buds. 

Formerly the Gravity Bar, the new-and-improved Strand Bar and Grill hosts a variety of musical bands and performers on the weekends to amplify its already-vibrant atmosphere.  Most shows are free.

“We would like to welcome Strand Bar and Grill to the Pirate family,” Keyes said.  “This will be a great place to interact with fans and the community after our games, but we also need to show support for our sponsor by stopping in throughout the week for a good time.”

Strand Bar and Grill is among the growing list of businesses showing their support for Galveston Pirate SC as the team solidifies itself in the Galveston and soccer communities.  Holiday Inn Resort on the Beach is the team’s official 2010-2011 sponsor.  Soccer Time and Fondren Orthopedic Group LLP are the Pirates’ official team store and doctor respectively.  The team is always eager to welcome new sponsors to its family. 

Strand Bar and Grill is located at 2120 Strand Street, Galveston, TX, 77550.  The restaurant can be reached by phone at (409) 762-0993 or visit for menu and event listings.

SPSL adds seventh team

Posted: November 5, 2010 in Press Releases

Bravos FC will rebrand as Ocelots FC when they enter SPSL play.

Rio Grande Valley Ocelots FC will be the first expansion team to begin play

By Kim DeRaedt

Houston, TX, (October 13, 2010)–Kru Kayan Sitsanthaparn, owner and president of Rio Grande Valley Ocelots FC, confirmed his team’s intent to join the Southern Premier Soccer League (SPSL) today. Ocelots FC will take the field in the Spring 2011 season.

The Rio Grande Valley club formerly competed in the United Soccer League (USL) Premier Development League (PDL) during the 2009 and 2010 season (as the Bravos) but submitted its letter of intent to SPSL President Stephen Heisler today. Bravos FC plays at the 2,500-capacity Brownsville Sports Park.

“We are excited to usher in a new era of soccer tradition in the Rio Grande Valley and know that the region will be buzzing with anticipation as to the identity of the SPSL and with the new developments that our team has in store for our fans and the community through our participation,” Sitsanthaparn said.

The SPSL is an amateur soccer league in its inaugural season, which kicked-off at the beginning of October and will continue through March. Currently, six teams from Texas and Oklahoma comprise the league. Along with Rio Grande Valley, the Memphis Rogues have been declared an expansion club set to make its debut in the fall of 2011.

The SPSL is always looking to expand. Teams throughout the Southern United States are welcome to apply.

League will provide players with year-round semi-professional playing opportunity

By Kim DeRaedt

Houston, TX, (September 27, 2010)–The Southern Premier Soccer League (SPSL), an elite level, professionally-operated regional league composed of teams from Texas and Oklahoma, today announced its formal establishment and unveiled details of its inaugural winter season. The league, recognized by United States Club Soccer (USCS) and affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), will begin play on October 2.

The SPSL 2010 winter season consists of six teams playing a 20-game regular season schedule between October and March. Three National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) teams–Regals FC, Galveston Pirate SC and Corpus Christi Fuel–will be joined by the Texas Lonestrikers, Tulsa Lobos FC and Houston-based Club America to form the First Division.

The league was established to expand the opportunity for players to compete and showcase their talent at the highest level of amateur soccer in the United States. The NPSL currently runs from April until July; therefore, the SPSL fills the marketplace by providing players and teams with the chance to compete together and gain national exposure on a year-round basis. The league hopes to further promote the development of the game at the elite and grassroots level by spreading soccer to communities throughout the Southern United States.

“We are excited to be a part of the growth of the game, and look forward to the high level of play,” Pirate SC owner and league vice-president Brendan Keyes said today.

The SPSL permits high school and collegiate players to maintain amateur eligibility status while competing alongside high level prospects and former professionals. Each team is individually owned and operated and is responsible for raising its own operating funds. Low entry costs and annual dues, combined with regional travel, make the SPSL an attractive option for eligible expansion teams. New teams within the region are encouraged to apply for future seasons and can be admitted to the SPSL by a majority vote.