Rio Grande Valley Grandes

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Rio Grande Valley Grandes
Full name Rio Grande Valley Grandes Futbol Club
Nickname(s) Grandes
Founded 2010
Stadium Edinburg Field
Edinburg, Texas
Ground Capacity 4000
Owner United States Jose Ignacio Larraga
Head Coach Vacant
League USL Premier Development League
2011 6th, Mid South
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page
Current season

Rio Grande Valley Grandes was an American soccer team based in Edinburg, Texas, United States. Founded in 2010, the team played in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Mid South Division of the Southern Conference. The team played its home games at Edinburg Field in nearby Edinburg, Texas. The team's colors were white, blue and gold. The team folded after its first season in 2011.


The Grandes were awarded a PDL franchise on January 18, 2011 following the demise of their predecessor, the Rio Grande Valley Bravos, which had their franchise terminated by the USL Premier Development League in October 2010 when the club’s interim owner was unable to complete his financial obligations to the league.[1] The team was officially announced as a USL Premier Development League expansion franchise on February 18, 2011.[2]

The team played its first competitive game on May 6, 2011, a 5-1 loss to Laredo Heat.[3] The first goal in franchise history was scored by Alfonso Cavazos.



As of June 4, 2011.[4]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Juan Gamboa[5]
2 Mexico MF Eduardo Alvarez
3 Mexico DF Omar Apodaca[6]
4 England DF Brian Hardie[7]
5 Mexico DF Kristoffer Medina
6 United States MF Olaff Mina
7 Mexico MF Alexandro Gonzalez
8 Mexico DF David Oteo
9 Mexico FW Alfonso Cavazos
10 United States FW Juan Nava[8]
11 United States MF Esteban Ariel Barraza
12 United States MF Jesus Mireles
13 United States DF Jairo Castillo
No. Position Player
14 Mexico MF Oscar Valencia
15 United States MF Jorge Cantu
16 Mexico MF Mario Perez
17 United States DF Jesus Pena
18 United States DF Vivian Garza[9]
19 Sweden MF Fredrik Ekvall[10]
22 Mexico DF Mario Zamora
23 Mexico MF Noe de los Santos
24 Mexico MF Misael Lopez
00 United States GK Irving Martinez
United States MF Robert Alexe
Mexico MF Guillermo Flamarique
United States MF James Stansberry


Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2011 4 USL PDL 6th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify

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Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive at

  • 2011: to be announced


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