PDL returns to the Valley

New RGV team to be named 'Grandes'

Fernando Marcos of USL, Ignacio Larraga (center) and Jeff McRAney of PDL. Courtesy Photo. Click to enlarge. Haz click sobre foto para ampliar

By RGV Fútbol/Staff

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McALLEN, 10 Dec. - Just as it was reported through this media outlet on Nov. 16, the USL officially awarded a new Premier Development League soccer franchise to the Rio Grande Valley.

The franchise was granted by the USL to Pharr-based JIL Soccer Adventures, owned by Ignacio Larraga, who also owns JIL Productions, LLC.

Larraga’s new company was in the running for the franchise along with another couple of investment groups from around the Valley.

He was awarded the franchise shortly after the USL’s Annual General Meeting at the end of November. The league was waiting on the completion of Larraga’s financial commitment and paperwork in order to award the franchise.

Grandes FC. Click to enlarge.

The new franchise will be named the RGV Grandes FC and will participate in the Mid-South Division of the PDL for the 2011 season, which kicks off in May, along with the Laredo Heat, El Paso Chivas, West Texas United Sockers, New Orleans Jesters and Baton Rouge Capitals.

At the moment, the Grandes do not have a home city or field, but Larraga expressed interest in returning the team to the McAllen area, although he doesn’t rule out other possible sites such as Brownsville or Edinburg.

The Grandes will be the Valley’s second PDL franchise in three years and Larraga will be the third owner of a RGV soccer franchise in as many seasons.

The Valley was temporarily left without a professionalized soccer team after the USL terminated the RGV Bravos FC franchise in October when the club’s interim owner was unable to complete his financial obligations to the league.

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