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Professional soccer tryouts building Team Corpus Christi

The people helping bring a professional soccer team to Corpus Christi include Professional Development League Co-Directors Mike Panter and Chris Madden (left), Head Coach Sammy Giraldo, Corpus Christi Football Club President Kingsley Okonkwo and  Business Development United Soccer League Director Joel Nash. Courtesy Photo

Two more tryout dates and the 2018 season schedule have been announced for the city’s new professional soccer team, the Corpus Christi Sharks. Officially known as the Corpus Christi Football Club, the Sharks will hold their third and fourth tryouts from noon-2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9. Both events will be held at Butler Soccer Complex, 6654 Yorktown Blvd.

The Corpus Christi FC is the city’s newest minor league sports team. The Sharks are part of the Premier Development League and will begin their first season in May 2018. The PDL has served as a major development platform for players in North America for 23 years.

A total of 110 registered participants from across the area showed up to compete for spots on the team at the first two tryouts, which were held in November and December. Tryouts included speed and agility drills followed by a scrimmage.

“We have had a great turnout at the tryouts, and it’s clear that Corpus Christi has a strong soccer presence,” head coach Sammy Giraldo said. “I am confident we will continue to see a high level of competition at the next set of tryouts, and I am excited to see continued community support during the next phase of this process.”

To try out for the league, male players must be 18 years old by June 1, 2018. Online registration costs $30 and includes a training T-shirt to be worn during the tryouts. All players must register online, as there will be no on-site registration. Deadline is one day before the actual tryouts.

The team will play a total of 14 matches, seven at home at the Jack A. Dugan Family Soccer and Track Stadium at Texas A&M University. All home matches kick off at 7 p.m. The Sharks compete in the Southern Conference’s Mid-South Division. An exhibition game against Houston FC is set for April 21 in the Shark’s home stadium. Game day tickets and season tickets are available online at corpuscfc.com/tickets.

CORPUS CHRISTI FC HOME SCHEDULE

Saturday May 19: CCFC vs FC Cleburne

Friday May 25: CCFC vs Texas United.

Friday June 24: CCFC vs Brazos Valley Cavalry FC

Saturday June 30: CCFC vs OKC Energy FC.

Friday July 6: CCFC vs Texas United

Friday July 8 CCFC vs Houston United

The final home game against Albion AHFC Royal is yet to be scheduled.

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