The coastal bend has proven that we do have talent. At this past weekends STSYA Fall State Championships, two teams from the coastal bend came away with state titles. The VYSO U19 Girls won the Super II state title while the Santa Fe U14 girls won the D2 state title. Now I realize that some people may think that a Super II or D2 title is not that big a deal (it isn’t D1 or ECNL). However, for an area like ours that gets little to no respect from other parts of the state, it shows that we do have the talent to compete. It also reinforces my argument that we need to join forces and combine our efforts. The coastal bend sent 17 teams to the Western district playoffs and 3 teams advanced to state playoffs. Of those three, 2 came away as state champs. I still believe that we can have a better advancement rate, if we come together and bring all of our best talent together. For now, that still appears to be a pipe dream. Hopefully, the accomplishments of our local teams will not only show those around the state that we have talent, but will send a message to the Coastal Bend as a whole, that if we came together, we could do even better.
I have been very outspoken with my displeasure with the state of soccer in the Corpus Christi area. I have gone so far as to post an open proposal to my peers in Corpus with a plan that I feel can start us moving in the right direction. However, I feel that to really bring Corpus soccer to the level it should be is a three step process. Here they are.
First, the clubs in the Coastal Bend need to merge into one club. We do not have the population or player pool for our area to try to field teams from seven different clubs. One unified club would allow us to put together teams of the best players from our area and compete on the level that we are capable of. Also, one unified club would allow us to hire a professional DOC who would assume responsibility for the tryout process, player development, and tournament selection. A unified club would also give us enhanced purchasing power and a better chance at getting our city to help out.