Amarillo (Tex.) – Tapatio FC announced on Monday an official athletic apparel agreement with Admiral, one of the leading performance apparel and equipment brands in the US. Admiral is already the UPSL’s official apparel partner providing team wear to most of the leagues’ clubs. UPSL is the fastest growing Pro Development League in the USA, with 300-plus teams targeted for 2018 Spring Season. Admiral will supply the team kit, and other official gear to Tapatio FC as part of a multi year partnership.
Tapatio FC were formed in 2003 by Jose Flores, 50, a former Pro Development-level goalkeeper in both Mexico and the United States who will also be the clubs’ Head Coach. A native of Jalisco, Guadalajara in Mexico, Flores was a dominate force in the local soccer scene in Amarillo in the late 1990s. The club will play in the UPSL’s Southwest Conference East Division.
“We're excited to work with and are having a great experience working with Admiral. We're planning to promote our partnership with a full range of customized Tapatio FC fan apparel including player replica jerseys, scarves, hats, bags and branded soccer balls” said club owner Flores.
“We are excited to welcome another UPSL team in Texas to Admiral,” Admiral Sports CEO Paul Hamburger stated. “We work with many professional and amateur teams in Texas which is a hotbed of soccer and have some of the most committed soccer fans and players in the country.”
Admiral is a legendary brand, having been worn by some of the biggest names in the sporting world. The England National Team, Manchester United, and the New York Cosmos are just some of the clubs that once donned Admiral. In fact, Admiral has supplied most of the current EPL teams in addition to being the largest brand in the original NASL. The company, a pioneering brand in the truest sense, was the subject of a TV documentary called Get Shirty.
Today Admiral is a major player in the North American and international markets. The company is one of the largest soccer brands supplying professional teams in the U.S. in addition to supplying some of the top clubs and academies in Canada. Clubs choose Admiral because of the quality of the product, factory direct pricing, and a customization of kit that promotes the club brand.