The Barracudas are back in the Major Arena Soccer League after a one year absence, but will now look to make a go of it at State Farm Arena in the Rio Grande Valley.
The Rio Grande Valley Barracudas were announced by the league on April 7, but no additional information had come forth until today’s press conference at the arena.
The Barracudas played two MASL seasons as the Brownsville Barracudas and went 2-13 and 8-12. In their second season they signed former Mexican National Team forward Luis Angel Landin and qualified for the playoffs.
Though their record and attendance improved the second season, their field at the Barracudas Sports Complex did not meet the MASL’s standards on capacity and amenities.
The name, logo, and arena were already public knowledge, but the biggest news today was the introduction of Jorge Quiroz as Head Coach. Quiroz first made himself known to PASL/MASL fans as a member of Sidekicks Mexico, who played in the US in the North American Championships. He went on to play for the Turlock Express and in the valley for the Rio Grande Valley Flash and Hidalgo La Fiera, who also played their home games at State Farm Arena.
More recently Quiroz coached the Rio Grande Valley Devils to the 2015/16 Premier Arena Soccer League Winter National title, going 8-0 in the regular season and 5-0 in the playoffs.
The Rio Grande Valley Flash played one season in Hidalgo at State Farm Arena and moved to Monterrey after one moderately successful season. Hidalgo La Fiera replaced them the next year and went 14-2 before losing in the Ron Newman Cup finals to the Chicago Mustangs. La Fiera imploded during the 2014/15 season and folded just seven games into the season.