“Sockers FC” Unveils New Image, Youth Soccer “Pyramid,” First Players For 2013
Premier soccer in the Permian Basin will have a new “look” for the 2013 Premier Development League (PDL) season.
· Formerly known as the West Texas Sockers, the team has adopted a new name … “Sockers FC” … and has unveiled a new logo to accompany the name change.
· The Sockers also announced an affiliation with FC Dallas West Texas, the Major League Soccer (MLS) club’s youth soccer development program.
· The club’s initial roster spots for the 2013 season have been filled with the return of Jose “Chiki” Anchondo, Uli Guillen, and the club‘s all-time scoring leader, Joe Munoz.
· In addition, the team introduced a new corporate partner, EPower, as presenting sponsor.
Name, Logo & Slogan (“Run With Us”)
The name Sockers FC and the accompanying logo (with red, white, and blue now the primary colors) bring a more “traditional” soccer presence to the team’s image. The abbreviation “FC” (football club) has been widely used in Europe for more than a century (and is becoming common in the US with the continued growth of the sport). The “shield” style logo, too, is a soccer mainstay.
For the 2013, Sockers FC will also utilize a new slogan - - - “Run With Us.”
“The purpose of the new image is simply to strengthen our brand and our presence,” said general manager Monty Hoppel.
“The new logo is a more traditional soccer ‘look.’ The shield and ‘FC’ are closely identified with the sport of soccer. We’ve also added the city names (Midland and Odessa), rather than ‘West Texas,’ to clearly identify where we play and to promote our cities.”
Youth Soccer “Pyramid” - - - FC Dallas West Texas
The youth soccer development program, with which Sockers FC is now affiliated, is one of the finest such programs in the country.
Under the auspices of FC Dallas, the program offers youth players a strong, consistent structure through which to learn the game.
Players advance through a “pyramid” of learning and skill levels. The base, Academy level, is for ages 7-10, with 11-18-year-olds playing at the Club level. The upper tiers are the Super-20 and, ultimately, U-23 / PDL (with the inclusion of Sockers FC).
The Sockers become, in essence, the “peak” of the pyramid, and will also benefit through the development of “home grown players” who are talented enough to reach the PDL level.
The “home grown” aspect is the foundation of the philosophy behind the FC Dallas and FC Dallas West Texas “pyramid” system.
FC Dallas West Texas
While not directly affiliated at this time with FC Dallas, the Sockers have developed a strong, ongoing relationship with the MLS club, one which has included three exhibition matches at Grande Communications Stadium. The clubs are now discussing additional “friendlies,” including a date for the 2013 season.
EPower was introduced today as the new
presenting sponsor of Sockers FC.
The electrical power line construction company, located in Midland, strives to be an industry leader as a full service electrical contractor.
“We are very excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Sockers family,” said Jared Richardson, EPower CFO. “We see the sponsorship as a way to support the community that has given us so much.”
First Three Roster Positions Filled
Head coach Warren Cottle, who returns for his third season, today announced the club’s first three roster positions for the 2013 season. Each of the players is a “home grown talent” (all three played at Odessa High School) with at least three seasons of PDL experience with the Sockers.
Jose “Chiki” Anchondo
(Midfielder … Third season with the Sockers)
Jose has played in 16 games in his two years with the club, including 11 games in 2011. While appearing in just five games in 2012, “Chiki” had a remarkable campaign, scoring two goals on two shots.
College: At UTPB, was a First Team All-Heartland Conference (NCAA Division II) in his junior year (2010).
High School: At Odessa High, was a four-year letterman and First Team All-District in his junior and senior seasons.
Club level: Played for the Dallas Texans WTX 90 Red and competed in the Classic League in Dallas.
(Forward … Fourth season with the Sockers)
Uli has appeared in 21 games in his three seasons (2010-2012) with the Sockers, and scored one goal in in each campaign. His three career goals are tied for sixth all-time in the franchise record book. Uli appeared in five games in 2010, 10 in 2011 and six last season.
College: At UTPB, was a Second Team All-Heartland Conference (NCAA Division II) in his junior year (2010).
High School: At Odessa High, was a four-year letterman and District Newcomer of the Year as a freshman ...
Named First Team All-District as a junior and First Team All-District and District MVP as a senior with the Bronchos.
Club level: Played for Dallas Texans WTX 90 Red and competed in the Classic League in Dallas.
(Forward … Fifth season with the Sockers)
Joe has been a “franchise player” for the Sockers and enters the 2013 season as the club’s all-time leading scorer. He has found the back of the net 14 times and added three assists for a total of 31 points (club career highs by four and eight, respectively).
He was electrifying in the Sockers’ inaugural season, scoring eight goals, a total which stands as the team’s single season high.
Joe ranks third all-time in games played (48) after appearing in 13 games (and scoring three goals) last season.
High School: At Odessa High, led the Bronchos to a district championship and the regional final four as a senior.
Career: Joe went on to play for Indios USA in 2007 and helped that club capture the United States Amateur Soccer Association National Cup. He has also been a member of the North Texas State Team in the Olympic Development Program (ODP) from 2003 through 2008 and has extensive club experience in the Fort Worth area.
Chris Hayden on FC Dallas West Texas & Sockers
“FC Dallas (MLS) has a very vibrant partnership with our affiliate club in the Permian Basin, FC Dallas West Texas.
“ We look forward to continuing to strengthen the relationship in terms of coaching education and player opportunity.
“ We also see tremendous value in the relationship that Sockers FC provides as a potential playing home for our elite college athletes during the summer months.
“ FC Dallas hopes the Sockers and the PDL will help provide a challenging playing and development environment during college years for several of our ‘home grown’ players.”
- - - Chris Hayden
Vice President of FC Dallas Youth Club
Monty on FC Dallas
“ From day one, when we bought the team, our goal was to develop a relationship with a MLS team. With FC Dallas being the closest team, and with so many of our youth teams playing in the Dallas area, it makes sense to partner with them.
“ FC Dallas has brought the MLS team here for an exhibition game in three of our first four years, and we’re working together to find a date for this year.
“ We hope to do much more with FC Dallas, including a full affiliation.
“ For now, we have a working relationship and will do as much as possible to find programs to benefit both organizations.”
- - - Monty Hoppel
General Manager, Sockers FC
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