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With the game in first-place bragging rights up in the air, Regals FC pulled through in the second half to claim the prize.

By Kim DeRaedt

Regals FC slept through much of the first half of its game on Saturday but fortunately, the team woke up hungry just in time for the second half of play.  With a Snap, Crackle, and Pop—Regals FC put itself back on top of the Southern Premier Soccer League (SPSL) standings with a 2-1 victory over Galveston Pirate SC. 

The match didn’t start out so satisfying for Regals FC, however, as the team stared at an empty offensive bowl early on.  Indeed, it was visiting Pirate SC that chowed down on the attacking end right after the opening whistle.  Justin Santibanez clinched the momentum for Galveston by firing two shots in the first 90 seconds.  Santibanez’s speed continued to plague the Regals FC defense as the striker amassed his team-high six shots but couldn’t funnel any on frame.

Nevertheless, it would be Santibanez’s speed and not his shooting ability that would set up Pirate SC’s golden chance of the afternoon.  Midway through the first half, Santibanez raced down the left flank and cut into the box where Regals FC defender Robert Hernandez was left with no option but to take him down as he sped by.  Jonathan Yanez stepped up to the spot and tucked a mid-height penalty shot into the right side of the net as goalkeeper Marcos Sanchez fell to his left. 

Short-handed Galveston found itself up 1-0 on the road against Regals FC in the 29th minute.  Clearly, the team had a rough road ahead to seal the three points.  Luckily, goalkeeper Eloy Aguirre was alert and agile to pounce on Cesar Silva’s point blank shot and preserve Galveston’s lead just minutes later.  Aguirre’s aggressive play prevented Regals FC from completing much of its offensive ploy, while Osama Buazza’s few efforts to connect off the cross with Enrique Gonzalez failed to produce a threat on target. Find out more!

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This may look like a friendly meeting, but once the whistle sounds, there will be no mercy in the fight for first place.

By Kim DeRaedt

Nothing stings like a defeat.  Nothing reeks like being beaten by a rival.  With that said, nothing stirs a team’s drive and wets its appetite like the chance for good old-fashioned revenge. 

“Next time” is the traditional upbeat battle cry of so many troops wounded in action.  Next time is what Corpus Christi Fuel vowed when it fell to Texas Lonestrikers 4-1 on Oct. 16, and the mantra Regals FC recited after Galveston Pirate SC knocked the squad off its feet in a 2-0 defeat on Dec. 4.  Regals FC has waited patiently, and for the Fuel, it has indeed been forever, but next time will finally befall for both clubs this Saturday in Southern Premier Soccer League (SPSL) play. 

Even though the phase is often used and abused, one almost has to believe that these two squads mean business, and in reality, next time will look nothing like the last time each of these matchups transpired. 

Corpus Christi was edged by the Lonestrikers in Nacogdoches in what would be game two of an eight-game losing skid for the fledgling Fuel.  That game was before the team’s parts came together, before its motor was up and running, and before it started winning.  Like an unoccupied car rolling down a rural hill, the Fuel is rolling to victory and gaining speed, and there doesn’t appear to be anyone who will stop them.  With the team’s college “boys of summer” back in the lineup, the Fuel flattened Galveston Pirate SC 2-1 in Galveston on Dec. 18 and bulldozed Club America by the same score in its next and previous match.  Like the teased little sibling who has now grown bigger and stronger than his brothers, Fuel coach Patrick Esqueda and his men hope to get the last laugh at their former bullies this time around. Find out more!

You may not recognize many of the Pirate SC players as the team will battle through a transformed roster in hopes of sitting on top the SPSL standings come Monday.

By Kim DeRaedt

Never mind the Arctic blast bearing down on South Texas.  This weekend’s Southern Premier Soccer League (SPSL) clashes will thaw the frozen tundra and indeed more closely resemble the fiery lava that scalds one’s feet as he tiptoes across the scorching asphalt on a mid-summer afternoon.  Who will find the hot boot and which team will erupt to victory, however, will only be revealed as the mercury rises in a pair of SPSL marquee matchups.   

It’s a task too tall for the National Weather Center itself.  Trying to judge which team will be hot and which will be cold is something beyond scientific capabilities.  Just take the two previous battles between Regals FC and Corpus Christi Fuel as a prime example.  On Oct. 24, Regals FC celebrated its home opener with an 11-1 thrashing of Corpus Christi Fuel.  A mere month later, though, Regals FC sprinted away from Corpus Christi’s turf thankful to have escaped with a 3-2 nail-biting victory that was never secure until the final whistle sounded. 

When lightning strikes and thunder rolls for the third time, these two teams will likely stir up a storm for the ages as they collide at Fairgrounds Field in Robstown, TX on Saturday.  Regals FC coach Miguel Landaverde doesn’t plan on letting anything disrupt his club’s homeostasis; that is, the tendency of his team to remain fixed on victory. 

“I have no reason to believe that we can’t win,” Landaverde said.  “We’ve beaten them twice before.  Sure they gave us a run for our money the second time, more so than I would’ve wanted, but we’re undoubtedly the stronger team.  We have new players stepping in and old players stepping up.” Find out more!

Texas Lonestrikers were once again shoved down and their egos wonded, this time in a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Regals FC.

By Kim DeRaedt

After a month of inaction, Regals FC didn’t quite cook up a performance that left the team with a feeling as satisfying as its Saturday night dinner.  When a squad is as skilled as Regals FC, however, it can get by with half the ingredients and still pull off a winning result.

The New Year didn’t exactly leave team with the “fresh” feeling that we all too often associate with the holiday.  Instead, the Southern Premier Soccer League’s (SPSL) North Houston heroes felt more like flat Coke sitting in a warm garage.  Even so, the club had just enough fizz to flow past Texas Lonestrikers 4-0 in its first league match of 2011. 

Ironically, it would be 11 minutes into the team’s 2011 campaign when Enrique Gonzalez would find the back of the net for Regals FC.  Gonzalez kicked-off the New Year in style with a brilliant far-post strike that curved into the upper 90 from 15 yards out. 

The early lead gave Regals FC the confidence to push forward.  Rolando Matute fired one of his team-high four shots in the 13th minute that rocketed just high.  Gonzalez set up Osama Buazza with a splendid opportunity that Buazza wished he had back after missing near post.  In all, Regals FC attempted 18 shots for the game, but it would be late in the first half before one of them became an asset to the score line. Find out more!

This will be the third time that Regals FC and Texas Lonestrikers go head-to-head. Lonestrikers hope that their physcial play against Tulsa will translate into three-point performances in the New Year.

By Kim DeRaedt

The New Year is typically viewed as a clean slate, a chance to leave the past behind and forge ahead toward one’s dreams.  While ambitions are admired, resolutions are rough.  It just isn’t that easy to turn the ship around, especially when both teams are streaking in the wrong direction.    

Regals FC and Texas Lonestrikers set sail on their Southern Premier Soccer League (SPSL) voyage on Oct. 2 in Nacogdoches.  The Lonestrikers were handed a 7-0 defeat, their compass was warped and their dream boat lost at sea for three months in the jerky waters.  Meanwhile, Regals FC hoisted its sails and proudly waved its flag at the front of the pack until a recent attack punctured a hole in the team’s deck and threatened to sink its treasure. 

Indeed, Regals FC were the alleged golden men of the SPSL having motored to a 5-0 start while outscoring opponents 32-4.  The season was like a Caribbean cruise; that is, until Pirate SC hijacked the ship and stole a 2-0 victory from right under Regals FC’s nose. 

Like a mouth full of salt water, Regals FC coach Miguel Landaverde and his players did not like the taste of defeat. Find out more!

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.

So much for unlucky 13. Both Galveston Pirate SC and Club America Academy walked away three points heavier after Saturday's matches.

By Kim DeRaedt

Both Galveston Pirate SC and Club America Academy needed a victory in their matches on Saturday.  A little extra determination, five goals, five red cards and 180 minutes of soccer later and each team walked away with its desired result, albeit neither was a pretty affair. 

Galveston Pirate SC opened the gates of Courville Stadium to welcome its archenemy Regals FC in the most anticipated match of the Southern Premier Soccer League (SPSL) winter season thus far.  Although Galveston beckoned its opponents to enter, this was hardly a warm, cozy “mi casa es su casa” matter. 

Indeed, tensions were on the rise before the game, kick-off only fueled the fire and the flame burned hotter and hotter as the match progressed.  Some would say the fire is still burning or at least flickering between these two bitter rivals; however, when the smoke subsides, a 2-0 Pirate SC victory will be left in the ashes. 

Pirate SC started out on the attack, but it was Regals FC’s Luis Licerio who struck the crossbar in the seventh minute to nearly put his team on top.  That was about as close as Regals FC and its normally prolific attack would get, though.  After all, the visitors were up against one of the league’s stingiest defenses.  Galveston’s backline has allowed only one goal in its first five matches.  With the defense solidified, it was time for Pirate SC’s offense to pull its weight. Find out more!