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Port City FC and Gulf Coast United announce new partnership

By Rachel Walklet, 03/12/20, 9:15AM CDT

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Port City FC are proud to announce our new partnership with Gulf Coast United FC.

Port City FC and Gulf Coast United FC have formed a new partnership heading into the 2020 season! 

Gulf Coast United will be joining the Gulf Coast Premier League for the 2020 season, working closely with Port City FC.

“Gulf Coast United is very excited to join the Gulf Coast Premier League,” said Board Chair Walt Himel.  “Working with Port City FC we are looking forward to providing a top level team for Mississippi Coast soccer players to continue and enhance their playing careers, and to get ready for their college or professional seasons. The teams in the GCPL are many of the same teams our youth teams play in the Gulf States Premier League, so we believe it is a natural extension of what we currently offer.”

Port City FC board president, Steve Simkins, expressed Port City is very excited about this partnership with Gulf Coast United, and the ability to provide more opportunity for local college players to enhance their playing careers.  

"Providing our local players an opportunity to play in both the National Premier Soccer League and the Gulf Coast Premier League is a dream come true for many of our high school and club coaches across the coast who have worked tirelessly to grow soccer in this area," Simkins said. "It is our hope the GCPL creates a women's league next year, so we can provide similar opportunity for our college age women on the coast."

Former William Carey All-American, Donevin Esterhuizen , and former Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College All-American Olaide Yousef will coach the GCPL team.  "I'm looking forward to putting together a collection of local talent from across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, giving college age players the opportunity to continue to improve, and some of our former locals stars a place to continue their soccer careers," said Esterhuizen.  

Tryouts for the team will be held on April 4th, at the Gulfport Sportsplex. To register, click here.

The plan is to select approximately 25 players for the summer season that runs from early May to mid July. 

For more information, or updates, please check our website at www.gulfcoastunited.com.