TAMPA, FLORIDA. (April 11th, 2012) Admiral, the Original British Football brand to American and England’s top teams today announced a 3rd PDL team had joined it’s ranks this week alone. The deal with VSI Tampa Flames comes hot on the heels of similar deals with S. West Virginia Kings Warriors and Ocala Stampede also of the PDL. The VSI Tampa Flames will play the 2012 season in the USL PDL league. As part of the new project, VSI also will operate teams in the PDL, W-League and Super-20 League starting in 2012, with a USL PRO franchise scheduled to begin play in Tampa in 2013.
Admiral is the same brand that provided team wear in the 1970’s and 1980’s for the England football teams, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham, Southampton and Leeds in the English Premier League. Admiral was also the market leader in the United States on the shirts of the Los Angeles Aztecs, Tampa Bay Rowdies and Vancouver Whitecaps. Players who have worn Admiral include soccer legends Pele and Beckenbauer while they played for the New York Cosmos. Today the brand is also worn by the 2011 North American Soccer League (NASL) Champions Minnesota Stars, Kitsap Pumas this years USL PDL Champions together with many other clubs.
“You’ll see Admiral returning to the field in leagues across America, VSI Flames are one ten PDL teams we’re working with Admiral this season. They are part of a great setup whose mission is to develop their players, with academy programs in the US and Europe and a pro team, Rio Maior in Portugal. They have one of the most experienced management teams in the league”… says Paul Hamburger, CEO of Admiral Soccer. “We’re looking forward to working with a Tampa based team again, of course Admiral used to be worn by the Rowdies so it was well known in the area."
“Admiral is the oldest soccer brand in the world, with nearly 100 years of heritage. We are proud to be associated with the original soccer brand. Especially one strongly associated with some of the best teams in the world…We selected Admiral from a number of leading brands because their custom product is fantastic and their service is excellent, but also because we feel that Admiral is focused on supporting quality of soccer in the USA.” Said Alex Miranda General Manager of the VSI Tampa Flames.
The team will unveil their new home and away uniform to the public at their first home game against the Ocala Stampede on the 6th May.
Admiral is available online at www.admiralsoccer.com. For more information on Admiral, visit www.admiralsoccer.com or www.admiralsportswear.com. For more information on the VSI Tampa Flames including sponsorships, internships, tickets or to volunteer, visit or call Alex Miranda on, 813-951-1768, email; firstname.lastname@example.org, visit; www.vsi-flames.com