Intrasquad Game to Open Busy Week


MIDLAND, TX—Sockers FC (0-1-1, 1 point) begins a week of premier soccer action this week at Grande Communications Stadium. 
The Sockers, currently in a three-way tie for fourth in the Premier Development League Mid-South division, host their annual Safety Awareness Day on May 21.  This special early-morning match—kickoff is at 11 a.m.—brings hundreds of school kids to the stadium each year.
Prior to the game, the team hosts a 90-minute educational program during which several speakers will engage the students on the following topics:
·         -Anti-bullying
·        -Healthy lifestyles and physical fitness
·         -Secondary education and career goal planning
·         -Safety awareness and education, including online and social media dangers
·         -Community Engagement/Citizenship
As well, the kids are treated to a demonstration by the Midland Police Department’s elite K-9 Unit.  Throughout the event, kids will visit dozens of interactive exhibits on the concourse.
For this game, the Sockers will be putting on a Red-White scrimmage in preparation for their two PDL matches this week: May 23 (Thursday) against the Houston Dutch Lions and May 25 (Saturday) against first-year franchise Oklahoma City FC.
Against Houston, Sockers fans will enjoy Thirsty Thursday with half-price fountain soda and draft beer throughout the game. 
On Saturday, the first 1,000 kids will receive a free replica jersey to commemorate the first year of the Sockers FC brand.
 With a new name and logo, the team is beginning a new era of fun and exciting soccer throughout West Texas.
 New Name and Logo
The team’s official new name—Sockers FC—represents the shift of the organization into a more traditional soccer operation, especially with the new “shield” logo.  Although the nickname is new, the mission of the team is not: to provide first-class fun and family entertainment to the Permian Basin.
New Coach
Head coach Warren Cottle and assistant coach Chris
Bryant return for their third seasons at the helm of the Sockers.  This year, they are joined by goalkeeping coach Ryan Dunlevy, who led the Midland High girls soccer team to the playoffs in his first season with the Lady Bulldogs.
New Core
Several familiar players—such as Joe Munoz, Kal Herbert, and Andrew Power—will once again be suiting up for the Sockers, and they will lead a strong international core this summer.  Overall, the team will feature players from eight countries, including France, England, Ireland, Australia, Ghana, and Cameroon.
New Alignment with FC Dallas West Texas
Continuing its well-established commitment to youth soccer in West Texas, the team has formally become affiliated with the FC Dallas West Texas youth program.  This new structure will allow kids in the Permian Basin to have a direct pipeline to elite soccer throughout their careers.

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