Meet the 2019 San Pedro Pirates F.C

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

The 2019-2020 Opening Season of the Premiere League of Belize (PLB) will commence on Saturday, July 27th. With fresh new faces across many teams, The San Pedro Sun is pleased to introduce the players that form the San Pedro Pirates Football Club. This season, the Pirates have six new and 12 returning players.
Meet the new Pirates for the 2019 season:
1. Enrique ‘Ricky’ Luna
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 5’11
Hobbies: Luna enjoys playing beach volleyball, basketball softball and CrossFit.

2. Facundo Garnier
Position: Forward
Height: 5’8”
Hobbies: He likes fishing, PlayStation and partying.

3. Henry Vives
Position: Forward
Height: 5’9”
Hobbies: Playing different sports

4. Jose Tinoco
Position: Defense
Height: 5’10”
Hobbies: Tinoco enjoys working and spending time with his family.

5. Thomas Baptist
Position: Defense
Height: 5’9”
Hobbies: Baptist loves spending time with his family in his spare time.

6. Jose Luis Jayasi Alba
Position: Forward
Height: 5’2”
Hobbies: Playing sports

The returning Pirates are:

7. Luis Valdez
Position: Forward
Height: 5’
Hobbies: Valdez enjoys playing sports and swimming
Year: Valdez has been with the San Pedro Pirates since they began in 2017.

8. Ian Pou
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5’4”
Hobbies: Studying, playing basketball and volleyball
Year: This is Pou’s fourth season playing in the PLB and with the Pirates.

9. Christian Ortega
Position: Defense
Height: 5’9”
Hobbies: Studying
Year: This is Ortega’s third season playing the Pirates.

10. Franco Toledano
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5’2”
Hobbies: Fishing
Year: This is Toledano’s fourth season with the San Pedro Pirates and in the PLB.

11. Jesse Smith
Position: Midfielder and Team Captain
Height: 5’8”
Hobbies: Fishing and diving
Year: Smith is well known on the island for his football skills. In the past, he played for the San Pedro Seadogs, as well as two seasons with Belize Defense Force. He has been with the San Pedro Pirates since they began participating in the PLB in 2017.

12. Mailson Moura
Position: Defense
Height: 5’9”
Hobbies: Playing volleyball, surfing, and acting
Year: Originally from Brazil, Moura is a well-known football in the PLB. In 2016-2017 he played for the Police United F.C, before moving to the island team. He is another veteran player in the San Pedro Pirates, as he has been there from the beginning.

13. Anderson Palacio
Position: Defense
Height: 6’1”
Hobbies: Fishing
Year: This will be Palacio’s second season playing for the Pirates. However, he is no stranger to the PLB as in the past he was part of Verdes Football Club.

14. Demor Jason
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5’5”
Hobbies: Jason loves bubble baths and taking long walks on the beach
Year: Jason has also been with the San Pedro Pirates F.C since they started in 2017.

15. Selvin Sagastume
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 5’5”
Hobbies: Swimming and playing sports
Year: Sagastume is no stranger to the football scene in Belize as he has been playing in the PLB for many years. He is a former player for Verdes F.C.

16. Arnold Flowers
Position: Forward
Height: 5’8”
Hobbies: Swimming and playing sports
Year: Flowers has been with the Pirates since the beginning.

17. Wilber Ayala
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5’6”
Hobbies: Playing sports
Year: This will be Ayala’s second year playing in the PLB with the Pirates

The San Pedro Pirates F.C will continue to be coached by Alex Noralez, who is originally from San Pedro Town, and Jorge Nuñez, who is originally from Brazil. Both coaches are ready for the new season and are hoping to bring another championship to the island. They are assisted by San Pedro Pirates Manager Tony Maldonado and assistant coach Hugo Pineda.
This new season will the same see eight teams competing for the championship. The teams include San Pedro Pirates F.C, Police United F.C, Belmopan Bandits, Verdes F.C, Assassin Altitude F.C, Belize Defense Force, Wagiya Sporting Club, and Punta Gorda Freedom Fighters F.C
For their first match of the PLB Opening Season 2019-2020, the San Pedro Pirates will be playing at home against the Belmopan Bandits. The match is schedule to start at 7:30PM at the Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro Town. All islanders are invited to come out and support the island team in their first home match.

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