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By Kim DeRaedt

Seeing double, double duty…double trouble?!  Both of this weekend’s SPSL matchups will feature a Saturday and Sunday showdown between familiar foes on untried territory.  If the results stay the same as the teams’ previous outcomes, Jack (Corpus Christi) will fall down the hill and Jill (Club America) will come tumbling after. 

To Corpus Christi, it might not seem like a fall but rather a “small hop”.  That’s because at 2-11-0, the Fuel are already about as low as a team can go.  The squad’s -35 goal differential barely scrapes by the Lonestrikers -34 mark as the league’s worst.  Speaking of scraping by, the Lonestrikers can hardly hold their head any higher above the water than the Fuel and would be at rock bottom if it wasn’t for their pair of narrow 2-1 escapes against Corpus Christi.  But those victories were during the fall and winter months, and with spring upon us, the Fuel hope to uphold an “our nest, our points” policy.  This time the Lonestrikers will have to put on their road warrior armor as they trek down to the southern coastal hotspot to battle the Fuel at 3 p.m. on Fairgrounds Field on both Saturday and Sunday.

Road warriors with an Energizer Bunny battery would better describe Club America and its 1/2 day bus ride as the wheels spin ’round and ’round before stopping in Tulsa, OK–Home of the Lobos.  Club America didn’t much appreciate the tire tracks that Tulsa left on its turf on that November weekend in Houston when the Lobos rolled over the hometown team 4-0 and 2-0 respectively.  Since then, Tulsa has been gunning it full-throttle, while Club America’s engine has been creeping in reverse.  Club America’s already humongous hill will reach mountainous proportions as the squad must now face Tulsa in Tulsa.  Stealing any points from the Lobos sends the SPSL into pandemonium, lets the lions loose, and release the bats harbored in Hades.  What will happen when the match is lit to SPSL play this weekend?

Galveston and Tulsa went head to head twice this weekend, but two games proved no better than one in determining the league leader.

By Kim DeRaedt

Tulsa Lobos FC cast its anchor in Galveston having arrived with the riches and loot envied by most of the Southern Premier Soccer League’s (SPSL) clubs.  Like typical bandits, Pirate SC seized the opportunity to snatch some plunder and showed piddling pity to its enemy as the team defeated the Lobos 3-2 and drew 3-3 in Saturday and Sunday’s action respectively.

Tulsa made the southern trek as the league’s royalty, sitting atop the standings with a coveted 6-0-1 record.  Only Regals FC and Galveston Pirate SC were within striking distance, and no team had been able to rock the boat on Tulsa’s nearly perfect cruise through the SPSL’s inaugural season.  In fact, Pirate SC had been the only team able to cause a minor disturbance having drawn 4-4 with the league leaders a month before.  The forecast looked good for the Oklahoma crew despite the sloppy weekend downpour that saturated Texas’s chilly coastal city. 

Galveston was akin to a deserted island; Pirate SC resembled an abandoned ship.  The holidays had hardly brought cheer to the club’s composition.  Pirate SC lost several key players at the turn of the year and was forced to start nearly from scratch, to rewrite the legacy the team had spent six months manufacturing. 

And the industrious players didn’t skip a beat.  After all, New Years are designed for new beginnings.  Maybe Tulsa should’ve realized that the gloomy skies foreshadowed a dim outcome as the side kicked-off against Galveston on Saturday afternoon.  Even so, it is safe to say that few SPSL followers could have predicted such a strong performance from a hodgepodge Pirate SC party. 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!

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.

 

The boys of summer are back for Corpus Christi and if today's game was any indication, there will be plenty of celebrating for Fuel fans in the near future.

By Kim DeRaedt

Saturday’s Southern Premier Soccer League (SPSL) action pitted two undefeated teams each against an otherwise dismal opponent.  Saturday’s play also displayed the beauty of soccer, the unpredictability of sports and the exhilaration of an upset.

It was almost a month ago to the day that Corpus Christi Fuel nearly pulled off the “Miracle on Grass” of the SPSL before falling 3-2 to Regals FC.  Thanks to second chances, the Fuel wasn’t about to let the opportunity slip through its grasp when the team clicked into upset mode once again.  It is safe to say that Corpus Christi likely surprised itself when the crew defeated Galveston Pirate SC 2-1.

The Fuel entered the day’s match with a league-worst 0-8-0 record, having conceded 36 goals while salvaging only six of its own.  The club had to endure the road trip to Galveston and the tough atmosphere of a supporter-laden Pirate SC Courville Stadium.  Pirate SC was undefeated and captained by the league’s leading goal scorer in Roy Hernandez, whom just so happened to be searching for his most supreme performance with New York Red Bulls scouts on hand.  In other words, the odds were stacked against Corpus Christi in more ways than one, but like true underdogs, the team stared its shortcomings in the eye and triumphed over each and every obstacle to make its victory all the more sweet. 

The visitors set sail for Galveston with the welcomed return of several familiar faces from its summer squad that tied Pirate SC in both teams’ infancy, and the Fuel wasted no time in reminding the home side just how dangerous a united, complete Corpus Christi bunch can be.  Sean Mohler put the team in front in the 10th minute, before most fans and foes realized what hit them.  Both clubs found themselves in an unfamiliar experience, the Fuel with a strange sensation of confidence.  As goalkeeper Patrick Kasperitis would explain, his team was “buzzing”. Find out more!

Texas Lonestrikers will look to employ a strong, combined offensive and defensive effort to tackle a tough Tulsa team this weekend.

By Kim DeRaedt

As if the Texas Lonestrikers’ 1-4 start wasn’t scary enough, stranger danger may very well be a concern when Tulsa Lobos FC invades Nacogdoches for a double-header battle this weekend.  Tulsa is the last remaining Southern Premier Soccer League (SPSL) team that the Lonestrikers have yet to face this season, but the Lobos are by no means the final question left unanswered. 

Indeed, Lonestrikers coach Gerardo Romero has been scratching his head plenty of times in the franchise’s inaugural campaign.  Having conceded 20 goals while salvaging only four of their own, the numbers certainly don’t spell success for the Nacogdoches dwellers.  If the team is going to rise from its fifth place slot in the SPSL standings, both the club’s offense and defense will have to step up in sync.

Romero believes both units could benefit from focus and fitness, two elements that he has enlisted the expertise of new coach Sergio Perez to improve. 

“Sergio has been a great asset to our team,” Romero said.  “His knowledge and experience at the professional level has enabled us to design and implement a successful fitness regimen.  He has also honed in on the mental side of soccer and helped with our pre-game preparations.” Find out more!

Pirate SC and Roy Hernandez are at the top of the league and scorers' tables respectively, but the margin for error is little as Tulsa and Abed Elkour creep in on the honors.

By Kim DeRaedt

This weekend was supposed to decide which team would rise to the top of the Southern Premier Soccer League (SPSL) standings and establish itself as the club to beat, but Galveston and Tulsa decided to draw one and save the other game for added suspense and debate in the new year.  In the meantime, Club America waited only one half before pouncing on Corpus Christi and claiming a decisive victory. 

Let’s start with what we know.  Club America Academy has taken flight.  The young birds have found their wings and soared through their last two matches.  In particular, the team’s offense has been predator-like and snatched seven goals in its last two outings after amassing only one goal in the club’s first four franchise appearances. 

Hardly a stranger to the scoreboard nowadays, Club America didn’t take long to find the back of the net in its 4-1 victory over a struggling Corpus Christi Fuel crew.  Club America drew first blood, but head coach Thiago Costa Reis wasn’t about to get comfortable, especially after his side saw a 1-0 lead morph into a 2-1 deficit against Texas Lonestrikers the previous week.

“The first goal is obviously huge, but it’s not everything,” Reis said.  “It gave our guys confidence, but at the same time, Corpus Christi wasn’t about to back down.  They came here convinced that today was the day they were going to pick up their first points.” Find out more!