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New Valley pro team not so professional, after all

USL says the RGV team is an amateur club, not pro

RGV Grandes FC claims to be a pro team, but the USL says otherwise.

By RGV Fútbol/Staff

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McALLEN, 9 Feb. - More than two months after being granted a franchise in the USL Premier Development League and four press conference cancellations later, the Valley’s new "pro" soccer team has turned out to be everything but professional.

The USL granted JIL Productions, now known as JIL Soccer Adventures, owner Ignacio Larraga a PDL franchise in December. The new team was named Rio Grande Valley Grandes FC and claimed to be a "professional" club.

However, Larraga’s claim that Grandes FC is a "pro" team is misleading.

The PDL is the top Under-23 men’s amateur league in North America with 64 teams divided into four conferences across the U.S. and Canada. The PDL season consists of 16 regular-season matches for each team, eight home and eight away, and provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to play at a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility.

The previous PDL club that played in the Valley, RGV Bravos FC, held pro status during its inaugural season in 2009, but that's not the case for Grandes FC despite their claim.

In order to clear up the confusion and misrepresentation of Grandes FC's status by its owner and organization, RGVFútbol.com contacted the USL.

The league’s media representative Jay Preble clarified the status issue by stating that, "PDL Pro teams are being phased out and for this season we expect to only have two remaining."

"The new PDL club in the Rio Grande Valley, once officially announced, will not be a professional team and they should not refer to themselves as a pro team," he added.

From January through last week, Larraga’s new team also announced and cancelled four press conferences, which is not a good marketing strategy for a fledgling organization that has been met with a lot of skepticism by the soccer community.

At the moment, Grandes FC is just a name and a logo. And it may stay that way for a little while longer.

As of Tuesday, no stadium has been secured, no coach or coaching staff has been hired and no tryouts have been planned by the Grandes FC organization.

Hidalgo, McAllen and Edinburg are rumored to be among the cities Grandes FC is trying to negotiate a contract.

The 2011 USL PDL season begins in May. Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock.

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