GALVESTON – The match may have been dubbed a friendly, but the outcome wasn’t too pretty for the home team Galveston Pirate SC as they fell 8-0 to the Houston Dynamo’s U-23 developmental team Saturday at Weis Stadium.
For Pirate SC and new owner/head coach Bill Alsobrook, the match exposed the areas where the team needs to improve as it is still in the early stages of forming its roster for next season in the Texas Premier Soccer League, which begins in September.
“You can’t fix the weak spots if you don’t know where they are,” Alsobrook said. “We need to work on our back line. Midfield transition needs a lot of improvement, and, of course, the front line needs to start putting shots on goal. This team is still young, and still hasn’t had a lot of practice time together. We’re still evaluating players.”
Pirate SC midfielder Frank Ramos, a Galveston resident who has played for the team since 2011, said he was impressed with the skill level shown by the squad of Major League Soccer prospects.
“There’s a lot of experience right there; they’re a good team,” Ramos, a 2009 Ball High alum, said. “We gave a lot of effort, but we’re not on the same level. We’re training hard to do our best to win, and we’re going to keep it up. In two more months, we’re going to be in good shape.”
Alsobrook, who took over ownership of the team in February, said he not only welcomes a rematch with the Dynamo next summer, he would also like to invite more area soccer clubs to the island to put together a charitable tournament.
With members of the team and himself being veterans, Alsobrook said he would like to see the proceeds from the possible tournament go to a charity that serves veterans.
In Saturday’s match, the Dynamo squad quickly took control of the game with goals in the eighth and 14 minutes to go up 2-0.
Just a few minutes later, the game nearly got completely out of hand when Dynamo shots in the 17th and 18th minutes hit the crossbar.
The Pirate SC had a solid chance to cut the Dynamo lead in half when a Ramos free kick was bobbled by Dynamo goalkeeper Fernando Pena, but Pena was able secure the ball before any Galveston players could get a touch on it.
The Dynamo added a goal in the 31st minute and took a 3-0 lead into the halftime break.
In the second half, the Pirates would have some close calls, but it was the Dynamo that continued to find the back of the net, with goals in the 50th, 54th, 58th, 78th and 81st minutes.
“They’re a quality side,” Alsobrook said. “They create a lot of chances for themselves. With a little more time together, I think we can give them a good run next year.”