It's finally happening! Mobile's new soccer team will take to the field on Sunday for its first-ever game. The team is the brainchild of Abram Chamberlain, who told Lagniappe that he first started thinking about Mobile having its own team a few years ago. The organization started with its support of youth soccer and the local edition of the American Outlaws -- a group that in turn supports the USA's national teams in the sport.
Eventually, Mobile had to have its own team. The community of soccer fans continues to grow, and Mobile has more than enough people to support it. Season tickets have sold at a good pace, and they're ridiculously inexpensive -- just $20 for five matches. Or pay $37.50 for both a season ticket and a very nice, very comfortable t-shirt. Single game tickets are just $5.
All games will be played at Archbishop Lipscomb Stadium (The Lip, if you're so inclined to call it that). It's at 3610 Michael Blvd, and is also the home of McGill-Toolen football. Is it the best venue? Probably not, but it will get us started. This is a great time to mention that there's been a lot of talk and a lot of legwork done to get a real soccer facility in Mobile... but not enough support from our political leaders.
Sunday's 7PM match is against another local team, the oddly named Gulf Coast Texans. The Texans are in Pensacola -- I know, right? But a rivalry's a rivalry, and we're ready to start one.
Finally, you'll see this hashtag a lot surrounding the club: #SL1702. It turns out that's a reference to the City of Mobile. The city was founded in 1702, while the "SL" stands for "sweet lunacy." As local author Eugene Walter once wrote:
“Down in Mobile, they’re all crazy, because the Gulf Coast is the kingdom of monkeys, the land of clowns, ghosts and musicians, and Mobile is sweet lunacy’s county seat.”
I'm looking forward to some of that sweet lunacy on Sunday. Yes, the first game is Mother's Day; but after taking her out to brunch or an early dinner, why not bring her along to see the newest game in town? Soccer fans are all over this area, and now we have our own team to cheer for. The way to keep it going, and growing, is to give them our support. At iHeartRadio, we're proud supporters of AFC Mobile... and hope you'll join us for the season.
Find the team online at AFCMobile.net.