By Andres Roberto-Bexar Co. Foot:

The San Antonio Scorpions FC are set to play a pre-season friendly with NPSL club Galveston Pirates SC. The game is to be played at STAR soccer complex on Friday, March 9th at 8:00 p.m.

The Galveston Pirates SC play in the National Premier Soccer League which is the successor of the Men’s Premier Soccer League (MPSL) which was formed in 2002.

The NPSL is sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and operates as a team-run league. The NPSL features professionally run teams with players holding amateur playing status (high school, collegiate and former professional athletes).

“It shows our ambition that we want to play against the best the state has to offer, we don’t want to rest on our laurels and stay still. We want to grow and build a soccer community and franchise that the whole area can get behind and be proud of,” said Pirates head coach Brendan Keyes.

Meanwhile the SA Scorpions FC announced the signing of Javier Saavedra and the formation of a reserves squad managed by Saavedra as a part of his contract with the club.

Saavedra, 38, was capped nine times by Mexico and spent a long career in the Mexican top flight.

Speaking to the press head coach Tim Hankinson said “The Scorpions Reserves will represent the Scorpions and ‘Soccer for A Cause’ by playing exhibition matches throughout South Texas.”

The reserve side is an ideal format to provide top quality training against the first team but also acts as a proving ground for up and coming players wanting to break through to the senior side.

The SA Scorpions FC begin play in the NASL on April 7th against the Atlanta Silverbacks. Their home opener is on April 15th against the Puerto Rico Islanders at Heroes Stadium an 11,000 seat football stadium owned by Northeast Independant School District.

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