Southeast Texas' first indoor soccer team will have its second round of tryouts Wednesday at the Cris Quinn Soccer Complex in Beaumont. Last week more than 60 hopefuls showed up to try out for the team.
The Strikers is one of nine teams joining the Professional Arena Soccer lLeague this upcoming season.
First there was the Beaumont Drillers, then there was the Texas Wildcatters and eventually the Southeast Texas Mavericks. All played at Ford Park and are all are history.
Robert Thompson was a Texas Wildcatter season ticket holder when the hockey team came to Southeast Texas.
"The first year we were losing and attendance dropped off. then we got a new coach and it helped attendance a little," Thompson said.
Tuesday Thompson watched his grandson's team play soccer. He's optimistic of having a professional indoor soccer team come to the area because of the sports popularity. Others share that feeling but remember the teams in the past that didn't stick around.
"The other teams had support in the beginning but then it started to ween off so hopefully everyone will support our soccer team," Dana Broussard said.
Rico Keeling teaches kids the in and outs of the game. His passion for the kids is as high as his passion for soccer which is why he tried out for the strikers.
"Gives me the opportunity to be a professional at any sport level which is something I've always dreamed of," Keeling said.
But even Keeling went into tryouts knowing if he was chosen to join the team, the team may not stay around.
"I do have the notion if it fails, I still have things going for me," Keeling said.
Thompson's grandson's team won their game Tuesday.
And Thompson says the Strikers should have a formula for winning games and winning over Southeast Texas when the season starts on December 1st.
"I think it will be a go if people support it, and they promote and advertise it. Otherwise it will fall apart," Thompson said.
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