A new soccer team, the Southern States SC, is set to start their season Saturday evening, bringing in local, national, and international soccer stars to the Pine Belt. In a press conference Thursday afternoon, three players were introduced to the media along with staff and supporters of the team.

Pine Belt residents will recognize a few names on the roster. Heath Flathau [Sacred Heart], Garrett Bell [Sacred Heart], Bennett Gibson [Sacred Heart], Elean Fajardo [Oak Grove], Noah Roblin [Oak Grove],Jason Garcia [Northeast Jones], and Dalton Morgan [South Jones] have all joined the team.

Southern States SC - also known as the Stars - is part of the NPSL - National Premier Soccer League - and will be competing in the South region as a part of the Gulf Coast Conference.

The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is one of the largest established men’s soccer leagues in the United States with over 90 teams competing across the country. The NPSL is a successor to the Men’s Premier Soccer League (MPSL), which was formed in 2002. The NPSL is a member of the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) and is thereby affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). The NPSL’s cooperative and turnkey ownership platform has led to its explosive growth, countless player development opportunities, and commitment to grow the game in the United States.

Southern States Soccer was founded in 2015 by former collegiate and professional soccer coach Nigel Boulton who later joined with a group of committed investors eager to bring elite, high-level soccer opportunities to the local area and region.

They are led by head coach Carl Reynolds who was a two-time All-American and a four-year starter before going on to coach 3 further years as a graduate assistant including a 2011 run to the NAIA Final Four while at William Carey University.

The vision of Southern States Soccer aspires to being an outstanding, elite level soccer organization providing high-quality training and competition for every athlete based on their personal ability and needs while together striving for that elite level of performance and commitment to the sport of soccer.

Hear from Southern States SC's Heath Flathau here:

Hear from Southern States SC's Samuel Dadzie here:

Hear from Southern States SC's Billy Boag here:

Hear from Head Coach Carl Reynolds here:

Hear from General Manager Nigel Boulton here:

Hear from Southern States SC Supporter Chamberlan Carothers here:

You can purchase tickets to Southern States SC here.