Panama City Beach, FL---After a two year hiatus, the Panama City Beach Pirates got out to a great start in the 2012 season, and a big reason for that, according to second year head coach Greg Devito, was the hometown crowd,
"The city really got behind us. We were third in the league 12 games into the season in Goals-Against-Average, we were a very good defensive soccer team played good possession, held on to the ball well, combined well. We narrowly missed the playoffs last year but we are looking to improve things this second year around."
The Pirates averaged nearly 600 fans per game last year, which is one of the highest attendance rates in the Professional Development League. Something that certainly did not go unnoticed by the players, including West Florida Graduate Jason Ream,
"They come up to us after the game and say, 'hey do you remember me, blah, blah, blah?' Yeah, we do. They are screaming our names the whole time and it gets us really fired up."
The crowds also give local players like Andrew Beasley from Mosley High School a purpose to perform on the field,
"Just having people come watching, you know, and being one of those people that "oh, oh that's that guy that played on the team" just that feeling is great."
The Pirates will have their second team tryout February 12th and 13th before their season kicks off in May. For information on the team's schedule and how to buy tickets, visit the franchises website at www.panamacitybeachpirates.com