Toros introduce Gerson Echeverry as head coach
By Bryan Ramos
The Rio Grande Valley FC Toros introduced Gerson Echeverry as the team’s new head coach today as RGV FC prepares to kickoff its third season as a franchise in the United Soccer League.
After being named the team’s head coach in December, the Houston Dynamo’s hybrid USL affiliate welcomed Echeverry to the RGV with a news conference today where he spoke about building a solid relationship with the community while putting the Toros back on the winning track.
“I want our fans to get behind us, however it’s our responsibility to put out a good product,” he said. “People will get behind us if we put on a good product. Obviously there’s time where your touch is off, something’s off, but there’s one thing that I can guarantee you is that our team is going to work their tails off because this is a hard-working community and our team needs to make sure we represent that.”
Echeverry spent the last five years as the head coach of the Seton Hall University Pirates men’s soccer team, the same school he played for collegiately from 1990-93 and was an assistant coach from 2002-06. He also played professionally in Colombia, as well as with the NY/NJ Metro Stars and D.C. United of the MLS.
Echeverry is very familiar with the things the Dynamo and Toros want to do on the pitch. He spent three years working under current Houston head coach and former RGV FC head coach Wilmer Cabrera as an assistant for the United States Soccer Federation Under-17 men’s national team.
In addition to officially announcing Echeverry to the media, RGV FC Team President Bert Garcia revealed he is aiming to bring big time talent to H-E-B Park for soccer fans.
Garcia announced an exhibition between the Houston Dynamo and RGV FC which will take place at H-E-B Park on Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. Tickets for the friendly will go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. with prices of $5 for general admission and $10 for reserved seating.
“We heard the fans loud and clear,” Garcia said. “They wanted an affordable ticket, and obviously we feel it’s affordable, but in this case, we’re trying to reward them back by having such an inexpensive game for everybody, and still able to see a Division I MLS team in the Houston Dynamo.”
Garcia also said that he is aiming to bring a CONCACAF Champions League round of 16 match between Club Tijuana of Liga MX and F.C. Motagua of Honduras’s Liga Nacional. Garcia said that contest would likely happen Feb. 21 or 22.
The Toros open the regular season at home on March 16 against Saint Louis FC. For more information, visit www.rgvfc.com.