The Gulf Coast Premiere League will soon have a home on the eastern shore of Mobile, Alabama as the Gulf Coast Rangers are set to join the league for the upcoming 2018 season. The Rangers have a promising pool of young, local talent and are looking to add to the area’s established youth program system. Ranger’s Coach Gerardo Flores is excited about adding a new level of play to the area.
“We wanted to add another level of development for our players,” says Flores. “That was our ‘why.'” He says that the team hopes to continue building a great product and keep seeing players like, Goalkeeper Ty Turner, develop. Turner will be the man between the posts in this inaugural season and has the coaches excited about what he brings to the position.
Much of the roster will be comprised of U18-19 league players, but the Rangers will also be adding talent to its roster with players from the University of Mobile, such as homegrown Midfielders Nathan Gillespie, a former AFC Mobile player, and Cameron Cranton. In addition to Coach Flores, former University of Mobile standout Sam Blackburn, who also played U-20 soccer in New Zealand, will be returning to the States to help the Rangers as a member of the coaching staff.
When asked what he’s most excited about, Coach Flores said “We feel we’ve been building a strong team in this area that people can get behind. I think the most important part is that people will have a team of their own.”
Fan support has been positive for the area, as teams have pulled in an estimated 800 fans per game. One goal for the Rangers is to bring the community together and get the area united under one banner. Follow along with the hashtag #OneClubOneCommunity to keep up to date with the rangers for news, scores, and schedules.
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