MCALLEN, Texas, May 10, 2018 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Today FC Dallas and Golazo Soccer ("Golazo") formally announce the launch of FC Dallas RGV’s merger with Golazo in Pharr, TX creating one of the largest Major League Soccer (MLS)-affiliated youth club systems in the United States. This youth system will be fully integrated with indoor and outdoor stadiums, international tournaments, summer training camps, FC Dallas recruiting camps and its charity (BeautifulGoal.Org) all preparing South Texas youth for US Club Soccer, Olympic Development Programs, the NCAAs, first team FC Dallas and the MLS.
"This has been 10 years in the making and together with our extraordinary team led by Esmundo Rodriguez, Israel Lugo and Hector Veliz, we have completed the integration of the largest community infrastructure project in South Texas with the MLS’ most sophisticated youth program, namely FC Dallas," said Golazo Founder, Chairman and President of FC Dallas RGV, Sebastian Sobczak. "Together we have built a full-service youth soccer project from facilities to a world-class professional farm system, giving the children of the RGV every opportunity imaginable. FC Dallas has promoted more academy players to its first team than any other MLS program, making our infrastructure unmatched in providing for South Texas youth."
"What Golazo brings to the table is incredible horsepower to formally prepare South Texas youth for our FC Dallas, MLS systems," echoed Vice President of FC Dallas Youth Programs, Chris Hayden. "The grassroots nature of what they have accomplished in the Valley will give those children lifetime opportunities and we are proud to support them. Through our broad reach now, we will be able to evaluate more than 100,000 players annually which creates an unmatched pipeline for players accessing all levels of soccer, from college, to MLS and beyond. FC Dallas’ vision is to pioneer these affiliations and now the RGV is our latest and largest area of focus."
Esmundo Rodriguez, CEO of Golazo Soccer and Vice President of FC Dallas RGV stated, "it is all about giving children from South Texas unprecedented opportunities and it starts with winning the hearts and minds of the players and parents. We are a home-grown business, operated by and supporting our local families, but our ambition is to give everyone affiliated with us global opportunities. Our coaches are former Division I Mexico, former MLS, former Mexican National Team or former U.S. World-Cup soccer players who have joined us to support the fastest-growing soccer area in the nation. Several of our youth have already been accepted to the FC Dallas Academy program in North Texas and our goal is to educate, train and promote as many local youth as possible so that they can make that leap to Dallas as well."
Golazo and FC Dallas RGV now operate an assortment of competitive and recreational leagues for youth and adults, summer camps, the largest international youth tournaments in the RGV and professional cups. More information on how to become a part of Golazo and FC Dallas RGV can be found at www.GolazoSoccer.com. More information on FC Dallas can be found at www.FCDallas.com.
ABOUT GOLAZO LP. Golazo is the largest soccer infrastructure project in South Texas consisting of indoor and outdoor stadiums, international tournaments, municipal recreational leagues, competitive leagues, youth academy, the BeautifulGoal.Org charity and MLS-affiliated club FC Dallas RGV. Since its inception in 2008, Golazo has assisted hundreds of thousands of youth to develop life-long assets related to soccer and through its academy and club teams and has put players to the U.S. and Mexican national teams as well as top flight colleges in the United States.
ABOUT FC DALLAS. A member of Major League Soccer (MLS) since its inception in 1996, FC Dallas is owned and operated by Hunt Sports Group. The professional team plays its regular season from March to October at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. FC Dallas won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and MLS Supporters’ Shield in 2016. Toyota Stadium is one of the first soccer-specific stadiums built in the United States. It hosts MLS and international soccer matches, high school and college football games, as well as concerts and other events. The 145-acre Toyota Soccer Center also includes 17 regulation-sized, tournament-grade soccer fields and is also home to the organization’s nationally-renowned youth development system.
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