The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is proud to announce that FC Brownsville (Brownsville, TX) has joined the league as an expansion team. The club will compete in the South Region’s Lone Star Conference.
“Texas has always been a tremendous soccer market with great players, coaches, and supporters,” NPSL Chairman Joe Barone said. “We are very excited to add another team to our Lone Star Conference, bringing the NPSL to the great city of Brownsville.”
The leadership of the team will include Owner and Team Director Francisco Chavez and Head Coach Martin Vela.
Chavez is a Mexican-American entrepreneur with over 15 years of business experience in various sectors. Having been born and raised in the Brownsville area, Chavez has always been impressed with the pool of soccer talent in the area. With the ultimate goal of showcasing this extraordinary talent and the beauty and uniqueness of the City of Brownsville, Chavez was instrumental in bringing FC Brownsville into fruition.
“Without exception, our expectation is to achieve excellence in all aspects of the organization,” Chavez added. “Operationally, we plan to deliver a professional on-field product that offers a viable and competitively priced entertainment option for our fans and community. With emphasis on the on-field product, the organization fully expects to compete for a conference title. Outreach wise, the management team plans to fully engage the community and build lasting partnerships with local organizations to be able to grow and sustain growth.”
Vela holds the USSF “B” coaching license as well as the Advanced National and Premier Diplomas from the United Soccer Coaches (USC), formerly known as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Vela has been the director of the Brownsville Bravos Academy for nine years.
“First and foremost, all members of the organization have a true reverence for the game and the community that we represent,” Chavez continued. “Reverence coupled with a no-nonsense commitment towards excellence will drive our team’s preparation to be competitive within conference. With formidable local athletes, it is our belief that the inclusion of our organization within the leagues structure has strengthened it due to the larger and more representative sample size of competing athletes.”
The Coyotes will play home games at Brownsville Sports Park Stadium in Brownsville, Texas. The facility opened in 2008 and features seating for 5,000 along with an artificial turf playing surface.
“Our organization is thrilled to be in partnership with an organization of NPSL’s stature where we can share like-minded principles while operating,” Chavez concluded. “We are thankful that the NPSL gave us the opportunity to compete in this league and we are excited and dedicated to do our part in this partnership.”