In this episode, hosts Ryan and Terra interview West Texas FC‘s newly appointed head coach Victor Dominguez and director of operations Melissa Milan. They discuss the rebranding of the team, Victor’s background as a soccer player and coach, Melissa’s involvement with the team, and the passion that drives their work. They also talk about the distinction between soccer and American football and the challenges of finding a mascot for the team. Additionally, they discuss the National Premier Soccer League and the team’s plans for the future.
Length: Approximately 40 minutes
– 💬 The hosts introduce themselves and their guests, the newly-appointed head coach Victor Domingues and the director of operations Melissa Milan, of the newly-rebranded West Texas FC.
– 💬 The previous team was called Midland Odessa Sockers, and it was rebranded with a new name and logo.
– 💬 The origin of the previous team’s name is unclear, but there may have been a fan poll to choose it.
– 💬 The hosts and guests discuss potential mascots for the new team, given the West Texas region’s unique qualities.
– 💬 The hosts are enthusiastic fans of soccer and have already purchased season tickets for the new team.
– 💬 Victor Dominguez is from Brazil and has been involved in soccer in West Texas for several years, including coaching at Lubbock Christian University and the previous Midland Odessa team.
– 💬 Melissa Milan became involved with West Texas FC after hearing about the team’s sale and expressing interest to the previous team’s owner and the new owners, Jason and Molina.
– 💬 The hosts and guests emphasize the importance of passion and enthusiasm in their roles with the new team.
– 🤝 The coach and GM offered a contract to a new player during a Zoom call and the player accepted it.
– ⚽ West Texas FC is an expansion team in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), which has close to 100 teams, with 11 clubs in Texas.
– 🚍 Teams in the Lone Star conference have to travel up to 6 hours by bus to attend away games.
– 🌎 There’s a pyramid structure in US men’s soccer with four tiers, with MLS being the top tier.
– 🤝 The team has a host family program to help international and non-local players have a place to stay.
– 💰 West Texas FC has several sponsors/partnerships, including Triple T Fencing, State Farm, Buff City Soap, Pi Social, Five Guys, and Puma.
– 🍺 The team has an official beer with Tall City Brewing Co. and an official apparel partner with Puma.
– 📱 Social media is a big part of the team’s marketing strategy, with accounts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
– 🎥 The team plans to do live streaming on Facebook and potentially on YouTube as well.
– 🎉 The team wants to create a loud and colorful fanbase and is planning pre-game tailgates, promotions, and events for season ticket holders and fans.
– 🎫 Two types of season ticket packages are available, family and premium, which include perks like meet and greets, training sessions, and a free Puma jersey.
– 🤝 Sponsorship/partnership opportunities are available for businesses of all sizes and industries. Interested parties can contact Melissa at westtexasfc.com.
– ⚽ The team is excited for the upcoming season and their first game against Lubbock Matadors SC.
West Texas FC is an exciting addition to the National Premier Soccer League, and the team is eager to hit the field for their first season. With Dominguez at the helm and Milan behind the scenes, the team is sure to make a splash in the league. Soccer fans in West Texas and beyond should keep an eye on this up-and-coming team. For more information, please read our full write-up on West Texas FC.