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September 26, 2012

Professional soccer headed to Southeast Texas

BEAUMONT — Professional sports are returning to Southeast Texas.

The Texas Strikers were announced as the newest professional sporting team at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, The soccer team, a member of the Professional Arena Soccer League, will play inside Ford Arena in Beaumont and will kick-off its 16-game season with a home opener on Saturday, Dec. 1.

“Ford Park is thrilled to bring professional sports back to the Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana area,” said John Hughes, general manager of Ford Park, in a statement. “We hope the entire community will join us in welcoming Beaumont’s first-ever professional soccer team, the Texas Strikers, to our facility. Soccer is a game the whole family can enjoy.”

This indoor version of soccer, unlike its outdoor game, is typically high scoring and features six-on-six players with five players in the field and a goalie for each team. Instead of 45-minute halves, the game is split into 15-minute quarters which will be much more appealing to fans.

The team is being coached by Chris “Topper” Cagan, a former player, coach and general manager of the SISL’s Lubbock Lazers and Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL-Premier) Lubbock San Devils, according to a press release. Cogan is currently assistant coach of the Lamar Cardinals women’s soccer team.

The press conference was also attended by team owner James Germany and Kevin Milliken, the PASL commissioner.

The team will play a 16-game schedule, which includes eight games at home inside Ford Arena. Tickets will start at $9 and the Texas Strikers schedule will be announced at a later date.

The first tryout for the Texas Strikers will be held from 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Cris Quinn Soccer Field in Beaumont.

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