The National Premier Soccer League announced Friday that FC Brownsville (Texas) has joined the league as an expansion team.

The club will compete in the South Region’s Lone Star Conference.

“Texas has always been a tremendous soccer market with great players, coaches, and supporters,” NPSL chairman Joe Barone said in a statement. “We are very excited to add another team to our Lone Star Conference, bringing the NPSL to the great city of Brownsville.”

The leadership of the team includes owner and team director Francisco Chavez and head coach Martin Vela.

Chavez is a Mexican-American entrepreneur with more than 15 years of business experience in various sectors. Having been born and raised in the Brownsville area, Chavez has been impressed with the pool of soccer talent in the area.

“Without exception, our expectation is to achieve excellence in all aspects of the organization,” Chavez said. “Operationally, we plan to deliver a professional on-field product that offers a viable and competitively priced entertainment option for our fans and community. With emphasis on the on-field product, the organization fully expects to compete for a conference title. Outreach wise, the management team plans to fully engage the community and build lasting partnerships with local organizations to be able to grow and sustain growth.”

Vela holds the USSF “B” coaching license as well as the Advanced National and Premier Diplomas from the United Soccer Coaches, formerly known as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Vela has been the director of the Brownsville Bravos Academy for nine years.

The Coyotes will play home games at Brownsville Sports Park Stadium in Brownsville. The facility opened in 2008 and features seating for 5,000 along with an artificial turf playing surface.