Category: 2017 GCPL Season Preview

AFC Mobile earns a 2-2 draw against Pensacola’s Gulf Coast Texans

PENSACOLA, FLORDIA – AFC Mobile pulled off a stunning 2-2 draw against the Gulf Coast Texans of Pensacola. Heading into the match, the Texans were atop the Gulf Coast Premier League Eastern Conference table.

“Any time you come into one of the top of the table teams and come away with a point on your away game, I mean, it’s huge, especially the way things have kind of ended,” said AFC Mobile head coach Nate Nicholas.

AFC Mobile dominated the match early on, creating more chances and holding more possession than Pensacola. In the 15th minute, Clairy Kengeye chipped the ball over a compact Texan back-line to Chisom Ogbonna, whose shot was saved by Texan goalkeeper Rudy Seelmann. Five minutes later, AFC Mobile’s Jackson Barber juked the Texans’ left back and sent a low cross in front of the goal to Martin Fiemawhle, whose shot hit the crossbar.

In the 24th minute, the tide turned as Dillon Gallet, the Gulf Coast Texans’ leading scorer and GCPL Golden Boot leader, found himself pushed nearly to the end-line on a counter attack before bending the ball into the goal from an incredibly difficult angle, giving the Texans a 1-0 lead. Gallet’s goal completely altered the momentum of the game through the remainder of the first half.

When the second half began, the Texans came out firing on all cylinders. AFC Mobile keeper Elijah Gibson made three spectacular one-on-one saves. Then, in the 53rd minute, AFC Mobile’s Markos Mallis sent a cross into the penalty area that Ogbonna converted off a header to bring the score to 1-1.

Just minutes later, Gallet struck once more, heading the ball over Gibson off a long throw in to give the Texans a 2-1 lead, putting Mobile again on their heels in the 57th minute. From there, the game became bogged down in the midfield before resuming late with back-and-forth action. Both Mobile’s Gibson and Pensacola’s Seelmann came up with several saves to smother out promising attacks from both sides.

With time winding down, AFC Mobile earned a free kick on the edge of the penalty area in the 69th minute. Fiemawhle stepped up to take the kick and put it on frame. Greg Hosford attempted a bicycle kick on the rebound, which was blocked by a Texan defender. Off the second rebound, however, Hosford connected with a gutsy scissor kick, this time scoring the tying goal in the 70th minute.

From there, the game continued at a breakneck pace. In the 85th minute, Kengeye took a shot from 40 yards out which could have given Mobile the lead, but it passed just wide of the upper 90. Then Gibson made yet another acrobatic one-on-one save in the 87th.

“We were able to kind of see the game out…come back from being down a goal twice, score goals. I couldn’t be more proud of the guys,” Nicholas said. “Obviously we want the win, we had the chances to win. We are playing an attacking brand of soccer and it should be fun for the fans to watch. So happy with all the fans at the last home game, but we have three [home games] in a row and we are going to need them.”

AFC Mobile will host a three-game home-stand, the first of which will be against the Louisiana Fire at the Archbishop Lipscomb Athletic Complex on Saturday, June 24th. Kickoff will be at 7:00 p.m. Join us as we honor the educators of our community with our first ever Teacher Appreciation Night!  All school employees with ID will be admitted to the match against the Louisiana Fire free of charge. As always, kids aged 12-and-under get in free and all other tickets are just $5.

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Gaffa FC

AFC Mobile Season Preview: Gaffa FC

AFC Mobile – Mobile, Alabama’s soccer team – plays Gaffa FC of Jackson twice (5/27 in Jackson and 7/1 in Mobile). Here’s what we know about Gaffa and what we expect from them this season:

Gaffa FCCLUB: Gaffa FC

NICKNAME: Gaffa

FALL RECORD: Debut season in GCPL

 

HISTORY:  Gaffa FC first started playing soccer as an organization in 2007. Serving as the senior side of Mississippi Rush Soccer Club, they have competed in Jackson, Mississippi under several different names. However, in 2013 the club took on the name Gaffa FC. Since that time, they have won the Jackson Hispanic League. Additionally they have played and won many indoor and small-sided tournaments. This will be their first season in the Gulf Coast Premier League where they will become just the second team from Mississippi to compete.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Carl Sheard, Midfield (Mississippi)

MANAGER: Phillip Buffington

WHAT GAFFA FC SAYS ABOUT AFC MOBILE: Gaffa and its staff know the Mobile soccer scene. “We expect good competition,” says Gaffa FC President/General Manager Brian Strong. “In the past, we have had several players come from the University of Mobile, [so] we know the level of play there is high.”

BOTTOM LINE: Like AFC Mobile, Gaffa FC is coming in as a relative unknown. Their success in Jackson, one of the most notable soccer hotbeds in the southeast, puts them on an upper pedestal. Until the teams have a good idea of what to really expect from each other, it could be a hard-nosed defensive match while they are figure each other out.

HOME PITCH: : Freedom Ridge Stadium, 253 W School St, Ridgeland, MS 39157

TWITTER: http://twitter.com/gaffa_fc

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/gaffafc/

INSTAGRAM: N/A

HASHTAGS: #JacktownSip

2017 AFC MOBILE MATCHES AGAINST GAFFA FC:

  • May 27th at Freedom Rindge Stadium in Jackson
  • July 1st at Archbishop Lipscomb Athletic Complex in Mobile

AFC Mobile season passes are now available for purchase. Buy your season passes online today!

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.

AFC Mobile players after seeing kits

AFC Mobile reveals kits to players


The kits have arrived for AFC Mobile’s first season!  After a recent training session, the board showed the players their jerseys for the upcoming summer campaign. The board also presented the team training tops, which fans can purchase in our online store. Information about the kit reveal for fans and media will be available soon.

AFC Mobile Season Preview: Louisiana Fire SC

AFC Mobile – Mobile, Alabama’s soccer team – plays Louisiana Fire SC of Kenner twice (5/20 in Kenner and 6/24 in Mobile). Here’s what we know about the Fire and what we expect from them this season:

CLUB: Louisiana Fire Soccer Club

NICKNAME: The Fire

FALL RECORD: 3-3-6 (5th place)

HISTORYLouisiana Fire SC is one of, if not the, largest youth soccer clubs in all of Louisiana. The club is affiliated with Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire SC. This gives them a certain pedigree. In 2016, the club formed a senior men’s team to compete in the Gulf Coast Premier League. The team is working towards making a bigger impact in the greater New Orleans market and improving upon their debut GCPL season.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Carson Gorecki, forward (Minnesota)

MANAGER: Jonathan Rednour

WHAT LOUISIANA FIRE SC SAYS ABOUT AFC MOBILE: “AFC Mobile should come out strong. If their on-the-field play reflects their admin efforts, they should be deadly,” stated Fire coach Jonathan Rednour. “So far AFC Mobile has been the most impressive club that has joined the GCPL in terms of marketing.”

BOTTOM LINE: Expect fireworks (pun intended). The Fire scored the second most goals in the GCPL’s Fall Season. However, they also gave up the most. They are potent offensively. In addition to Gorecki, the Fire features 17-year-old Nigerian Danni Eyo who netted 11 goals in the fall. Additionally, Spring Hill College alumnus Donte Oliver and Grant Guthrie from South Carolina should help the Fire continue to be a goal-scoring machine.  Essentially, if they are capable of improving upon the defensive effort of their debut season, the Fire could compete to win the GCPL Summer Season.

VITAL FACTS

HOME PITCH: Lions Field, 1801 Williams Blvd, Kenner, LA, 70062


WEBSITEhttp://www.louisianafirejrs.com/page/show/2392449-mens-amateur-team

TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/lafiresc

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/lafiresc

INSTAGRAM: N/A

HASHTAGS: N/A

2017 AFC MOBILE MATCHES AGAINST LOUISIANA FIRE:

  • May 20th at Lions Field in Kenner
  • June 24th at Archbishop Lipscomb Athletic Complex in Mobile

AFC Mobile season passes are now available for purchase. Buy your season passes online today!

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.

AFC Mobile Season Preview: CD Motagua of New Orleans

CD Motagua of NOLA

AFC Mobile – Mobile, Alabama’s soccer team – plays CD Motagua of New Orleans twice (6/4 in NOLA and 7/7 in Mobile). Here’s how CD Motagua looks this year.

CLUB: CD Motagua of New Orleans

NICKNAME: Blue Eagles

FALL RECORD: 10-0-2 (Champions)

HISTORY: In 1984, several former Honduran players founded Club Deportivo Motagua of New Orleans. The club is named after Club Deportivo Motagua of Tegucigalpa. When founded in New Orleans, CD Motagua played in New Orleans’s ISLANO league. During this time, many considered the ISLANO as a top soccer league in the United States. In addition to the GCPL, CD Motagua continues to compete in the ISLANO.  Most importantly, they are the top team in the GCPL as they have won every GCPL title.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Reece Wilson, Forward (England)

MANAGER: Tony Martinez

BOTTOM LINE: CD Motagua is a tough squad. They are the first team from the Gulf Coast Premier League to play in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Above all, their soccer intelligence and ball movement is difficult to match. Their roster combines a few young, athletic players with several players who have loads of experience, resulting in an explosive chemistry.  Consequently, until proven otherwise, they are the best Tier 4 team not only in the Gulf Coast Premier League, but in the southeast.

VITAL FACTS

HOME PITCH: Pan American Stadium, 194 Zachary Taylor Dr, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Capacity 5,000)


WEBSITE: http://www.blueaglesoccer.org/

TWITTER: http://twitter.com/MotaguaNola

FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/MotaguaNO

HASHTAGS: #BlueEagleSA

AFC MOBILE GAMES AGAINST CD MOTAGUA OF NOLA:

  • June 4th at Pan America Stadium – 5:00 p.m. CDT
  • July 7th at the Archbishop Lipscomb Athletic Complex – 7:00 p.m. CDT

AFC Mobile season passes are now available for purchase. Buy your season passes online today!

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.

AFC Mobile Season Preview: Biloxi City FC

Biloxi FCCLUB: Biloxi City FC
NICKNAME: Blackjacks
FALL RECORD: 6-2-4 (3rd place)

HISTORY:Founded in 2016, Biloxi City Futbol Club is the first team from Mississippi to compete in the Gulf Coast Premier League. From an outsider’s perspective, Biloxi City has improved the quality and enhanced the reputation of the GCPL from the outset. From their minimalist badge and their social media promotions and presence, Biloxi has always treated their brand and their club as big as bigger teams in bigger markets. And frankly it has paid off on and off the pitch with Biloxi City coming within one game of earning a Lamar Hunt US Open Cup qualification spot in their debut season.

BILOXI CITY FC PLAYER TO WATCH: Patrick Harrison, midfield

MANAGER: Sinisa Vukadin

WHAT BILOXI CITY FC SAYS ABOUT AFC MOBILE: “I expect [AFC Mobile] to do a great job in Mobile,” says Biloxi City FC coach Sinisa Vukadin. “I know [coach] Nate Nicholas and he will make a respectable squad. I’m glad that [AFC Mobile] joined the Gulf Coast Premier League.”

“We expect the unknown,” responds Biloxi City FC Vice President Luke Berry. “We had our inaugural season last year and surprised a few people managing to finish in the top half of the table (3rd) and one of our proudest moments came on the first day of the season when we drew against CD Motagua in New Orleans,” He continues, “The league has so many new teams this year that I don’t think anyone really knows what to expect. Mobile are more unknown than most because they are starting completely from scratch, much like we did, unlike Gaffa FC or Pensacola who have either youth setups or a squad already. We’ll be watching their early results with interest before our first ever meeting on June 10th. Good luck for the season -as long as you finish below us.”

BOTTOM LINE: Mississippi has always had fantastic soccer development. As a brand new club in its first year, Biloxi City competed for the GCPL title right down to the last match of the season. The Blackjacks’ summer team should be no different. There are a few Mobilians, including former Murphy High School standout Edin Hodovic, who will feature for Biloxi. Look for a tightly-played, high intensity match during both games of “The Forgotten Coast Cup” this summer.

HOME PITCH: Herbert Wilson Stadium, 3225 Hancock Ave, Gulfport, MS 39507

WEBSITE: http://www.biloxicityfutbolclub.com
TWITTER: http://twitter.com/biloxicityfc
FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/biloxicityfc
INSTAGRAM: N/A
HASHTAGS: #BiloxiCityFC #OneCoast

GAMES AGAINST BILOXI CITY FC:

  • June 10th at the Archbishop Lipscomb Athletic Complex
  • July 15th at Herbert Wilson Stadium