AFC Mobile – Mobile, Alabama’s soccer team – plays Pensacola’s Gulf Coast Texans twice (5/14 in Mobile and 6/17 in Pensacola). Here’s what we know about the Texans and what we expect from them this season:
CLUB: Gulf Coast Texans
HOME: Pensacola, Florida
FALL RECORD: The Gulf Coast Texans will be playing their inaugural GCPL season this summer.
HISTORY: The Gulf Coast Texans played in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) during the 2013 season, when they finished 2nd in the Southeastern Conference. They are the last team to beat Chattanooga FC during the regular season in Chattanooga. Since 2014 they have played in the United Soccer League’s (USL) Super 20 and continued to have the most dominant youth academy in the Florida Panhandle. Additionally, the Texans’ women’s team has won the WPSL championship and produced several players who have received call-ups to the US Women’s National Team’s senior and U23 rosters.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Dillon Gallett, Forward (Lafayette, LA)
MANAGER: Nic Cardosa
WHAT THE GULF COAST TEXANS SAYS ABOUT AFC MOBILE: “It is hard to know what to expect of anyone right now,” said Texan’s head coach Nolan Intermoia. “[AFC Mobile] seems to be doing big things in Mobile. I hope to build a great rivalry that will create inspiring football matches. Having played at the University of West Florida I know the talent from the universities of Mobile and know they provide good players. It should be a lot of fun.”
BOTTOM LINE: The Gulf Coast Texans have a slightly older squad, but it consists of players who were absolute studs for the University of West Florida and younger guys who have played in the Texans’ system for multiple years. In addition to Gallett, Felipe Lawal and Miguel Santos have NPSL experience in addition to high level college experience. This will be a solid test for AFC Mobile in the debut game of the season.
HOME PITCH: Ashton Brosnaham Stadium, 10370 Ashton Brosnaham Dr., Pensacola, FL 32534 (2,500 seat capacity)
AFC MOBILE GAMES AGAINST GULF COAST TEXANS:
- May 14th at the Archbishop Lipscomb Athletic Complex – 7:00 p.m. CDT
- June 17th at Ashton Brosnaham Stadium – 7:00 p.m. CDT
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The 2017 AFC Mobile season includes five home games at the Archbishop Lipscomb Athletic Complex. Games will be played May 14th against the Gulf Coast Texans (of Pensacola), June 10th against Biloxi City FC, June 24th against Louisiana Fire SC, July 1st against Gaffa FC (of Jackson), and July 7th against CD Motagua (of New Orleans). All home games kick off at 7:00 PM.