RCU owner and GM, Andy Zorovich, opened with a nice introduction in which he announced the following...
- There will be 5 teams in the NPSL Southeastern conference with two teams located in Atlanta, one in Birmingham, Chatanooga, and Huntsville each.
- League will run from May to July
- RCU will play all home games at John Hunt Park in Huntsville
- RCU will take place in US Open Cup qualifying
- RCU is in talks to play several international friendlies: talks with Mexican U20 National team, Pumas and Monterrey of MFF, and Comunicaciones of Guatemela
- RCU will continue it's player developement relationship with Hoffenheim (currently first in the Bundesliga)
- Looking to set up similar relationships with Ajax Amsterdam and Manchester United
This was followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony with local dignitaries. Then, two players and the coach were introduced for a Q and A session.
From left to right, Rafa Barbosa (player), Greg Petersen (Technical Director), Derek Pirtle (player).
This was followed by FREE BEER from team sponsor and local brewery Olde Towne and a viewing of the USA v Mexico match. I didn't stick around for those because my bed was calling, although, I would have loved the free beer. Next time... sigh...
I also took some video from the event, but I'm still feeling like crud. So, I'll have to save them for later along with some other interesting tid-bits from RCU.