BBVA Compass sponsors Eclipse Soccer Club

- Bank supports the dreams of young soccer players

- Sugar Land group trains youth and funds scholarships

- Partnership will help promote interest in the sport

May 11, 2012, 16:48 ET from BBVA Compass

HOUSTON, May 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BBVA Compass and the Eclipse Soccer Club announced today that the bank is the official sponsor of the club, a Sugar Land-based organization that develops soccer players.

Founded in 1986, Eclipse offers community-based recreational, select and academy soccer programs in south and west Houston. More than 3,000 youngsters play in the club and some have gone on to play for top national universities.

"I think it's fantastic to see BBVA Compass extending its marketing efforts to youth soccer and the Eclipse Soccer Club," said Chris Canetti, Houston Dynamo president. "It is a strong club that provides valuable experiences and lessons for young players."

Eclipse players travel locally and internationally to hone their soccer skills. They face Spanish teams in matches and training sessions organized every year by Real Madrid, the Spanish soccer club. Last year, Eclipse players were part of the first U.S. team to ever win the XX Donosti Cup, a prestigious tournament played in San Sebastian, Spain.

Eclipse also provides scholarships, travel and fees for economically disadvantaged players.

"We have several talented players who could not afford to accomplish their dreams of playing soccer for Eclipse in international matches without such generous financial support," said Luis Labastida, Eclipse Soccer Club director. "We're excited to partner with BBVA Compass and look forward to promoting our shared passion for the world's greatest game."

The partnership with Eclipse is another part of the bank's efforts to improve the lives of residents in the communities it serves. With BBVA Compass Stadium set to open in Houston's East End on May 12, BBVA Compass and the Houston Dynamo have undertaken four community-service projects as part of their Building a Better Houston campaign. Players and bankers have repaired homes and taught children financial literacy, among other things.

"Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, one that upholds the values of BBVA Compass: teamwork, effort and fair play," said Mark Montgomery, BBVA Compass Houston city president. "We look forward to a long and exciting relationship with Eclipse."

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About BBVA Group

BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The group has a solid position in Spain, is the largest financial institution in Mexico and has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt region of the United States. Its diversified business is geared to high-growth markets and relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. BBVA ranks among the leading eurozone banks in terms of ROE and efficiency. Corporate responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies the best practices. The group is present in the main sustainability indexes.

About BBVA Compass

BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates more than 710 branches, including 371 in Texas, 93 in Alabama, 78 in Arizona, 65 in California, 45 in Florida, 37 in Colorado and 21 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading Small Business Administration lenders and was named retail bank "Brand of the Year" by a Harris Poll EquiTrend® study in 2011. Additional information concerning BBVA Compass can be found on our website,

Editor's Note: BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank. Compass Bank, member FDIC.