Reflecting on the old and thirsting for the new, the SPSL sails into 2011 looking for new land; land and feats in the soccer sphere that Columbus himself would envy.
By Kim DeRaedt
It’s 2011! A new year (insert clichés here). Many set out on ambitious personal make overs or pledge to partake in global initiatives of which Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Repeat is a familiar, attainable campaign to all. The Southern Premier Soccer League (SPSL), however, hardly has the history, surplus, or extravagance to discard of the old in place of the new. Instead, the league will look to keep what it has and build off of its foundation to achieve even greater heights in 2011. Let’s glance at the 4 R’s, SPSL-style!
Renew: Too often we try to forget the past year and cast it off as inferior in place of the New Year and the potential and hopes that it holds. Nevertheless, the SPSL has several moments and memories worth reintroducing despite the league’s recent birth in October 2010. Who can forget, and who cannot wish for more of excitement like this?
Tulsa Lobos FC races to a 4-0 start and notches 4-straight shutouts to boot before engaging in a thrilling 4-4 shootout with Galveston Pirate SC.
Regals FC sprints to a 3-0 start and annihilates its opponents by logging a 24-1 goal differential in those contests.
Galveston Pirate SC rains on Regals FC’s parade and upsets the early frontrunners by recording a 2-0 victory on its home turf.
Club America Academy took an early nap, but once the sleeping giants were awakened, they cruised to two-straight victories and tallied seven goals during those outings.
Texas Lonestrikers: Edged by both Club America Academy and Tulsa Lobos FC in narrow one-goal losses, the Lonestrikers are proving that they are no longer the doormats that teams once walked over by 7-0 score lines. New signings plus a new year yield new dominance for the Nacogdoches nation.
Corpus Christi Fuel: Ahh, the underdogs, the heroes, the “Miracle on Grass” good guys—Call them what you want, but the Fuel players opened everyone’s eyes when they travelled to Galveston and handed the league leaders a 2-1 defeat, designating Pirate SC’s first loss and Corpus Christi’s first victory of the season.
Resolve: Nobody can predict or promise what the game or any team will deliver, but SPSL FLASH isn’t subject to such the uncertainty of sports. (Pending the rigors of grad school and hopeful employment) SPSL FLASH hopes to provide “more”. More photos, more videos, more player features, in-depth team articles, soccer news and analysis from around the country and world, varied opinions and insights, and most importantly, MORE of what YOU want!
Rally: Of course, resolutions are great—great but tough. Often resolutions fall by the wayside, but if soccer has taught us one thing, it’s that the power of teamwork cannot be underestimated. In order to make SPSL FLASH more appealing to potential and current fans, players and coaches alike, participation and feedback are crucial. Please send game photos and video clips, suggest story ideas, complete a player profile (if applicable), or volunteer to be briefly interviewed for an article to be featured on the blog (always applicable, yes even to YOU!) Any blog can write about the MLS or post links to the latest controversies with FIFA or rumors swirling in the EPL. What makes SPSL FLASH different is that it’s about YOU and YOUR interests. The only way this will work, however, is with YOUR help and knowing YOUR interests. Make sense?!
Result: The SPSL endeavors to reach uncharted territory in 2011 and take the Southern soccer community by storm. The league kicks back into action this next weekend with repeats of last year’s greatest matchups slated for the coming months. Things will get interesting as the season draws to a close in March and the play-off fight commences in April. A short, sizzling summer season will follow and Rio Grande Valley Ocelots will jump into the mix. September is when the real show begins as the SPSL’s first full season is launched. Eighteen teams from California to Florida are expected to fuel the fire. Memphis Rogues have confirmed its appearance and Santos FC (San Antonio), Sarasota United (FL), and Onelove FC (Los Angeles) have also been invited to join the party.