CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – In 2021, the Corpus Christi FC Sharks are on a mission after losing their 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have worked hard,” said midfielder Deni Cresto. “We are an ambitious team and we are trying to take the first place.”
The Sharks have been successful early in the season and it hasn’t been the easiest task. They have a new roster with players from all over the world.
Different languages, cultures and nationalities are mixed together on the same list.
“It’s a very unique challenge,” said captain Alain Peralt. “You have guys from Brazil, Germany and Spain all over the place.”
The good side of football: the language is on the pitch.
“The beautiful thing about this sport is that it is universal,” said assistant coach Borja Barbero. “You play it everywhere.”
What could be seen as a tall order has been one of the keys to making this club great. The chemistry is palpable on and off the pitch.
“The boys were able to reunite immediately,” club manager Adriano Versari said. “They gel really well.”
âEven off the pitch we bond,â said forward Noah Wagner.
The team currently sit second in the Mid-South Division of the USL League 2 Central Conference and are undefeated at home.
âI mean you will never find undefeated home teams and it’s a great atmosphere so far,â added Peralt.
The Sharks are back home on June 19 when they meet the Little Rock Rangers at St. John Paul II High School Stadium.