As part of the March Month of Madness, Monday night saw the biggest sports press conference in Galveston history.
With a full house at the Holiday Inn Resort, Galveston, flashbulbs went crazy at the sight of the new Admiral supplied uniforms which will see the team into the upcoming NPSL South Central Cup season as smartly dressed as any club in the state.
After weeks of preparation, coach Brendan Keyes took center stage of the showpiece unveiling and explaining the complexities of the schedule. After hearing from numerous invited guests, the moment that everyone had been waiting for, the new shirt appearance, occurred amidst Ozzy Ozbourne music and a plethora of smoke.
With the home jersey stirring echoes of the Pirates history of old, the yellow shirt reeked of class with a whiff of royalty.
The uniform's chest is mainly yellow with navy-blue sleeves and socks. It really pops when you see it. The Pirate logo sits squarely on the left of the chest, the Admiral logo on the right. The addition of the all-important NPSL logo on the left arm adds a certain look of importance to the shirt and sets it a class above many of the Pirate rivals.
The away jersey is strikingly similar to the home shirt, with only white in place of the yellow chest, cuffs and socks.
The highlight of the shirt appearance is obviously the shirt itself, but the added inclusion of the Pirate Girls being on show in slightly altered shirts was a perfect addition to the night.
Coach Keyes said:
"It couldn't have gone any smoother. Dorian from Azteca 51 was great, the Holiday Inn guys were great and the shirts look superb. I wish we could do this every night!
The new uniforms lift us to another level of soccer, they really do, and this proves our intent as we move forward to this summer's NPSL season."
After the press conference finished, all the guests moved into B. Jiggers for a night of merriment and also to reflect on the previous events.
"I am overjoyed at how the night panned out," said Keyes, "This proves how far we have came as a club and gives us a great platform to move forward as a club. With the guests we had here tonight, everyone will soon know that the Pirates are Galveston's only professional sports team."
Marc Roseblade is a contributor for Bleacher Report and holds posts as PR and youth development promotions for Ayr United Football Academy in Scotland and also Galveston Pirate Soccer Club in Texas, USA. All quotes are firsthand unless otherwise stated.