Weekly Soccer Notes-Saturday, April 29, 2017

Other news of interest in Texas Soccer this week:

Major League Soccer:

  • Very good news for FC Dallas this week as midfielder and Designated Player Mauro Diaz returned to training for the first time since suffering a season ending injury last year. (fcdallas.com)


  • The MLS Players Union released their semi-annual salary figures earlier this week. The union takes great pains to point out that these numbers are not absolutely accurate, but they can serve as a good point of comparison. As usual, the Texas MLS teams are near the bottom of the spending curve. FC Dallas’s (FCD) payroll is 17th in the league at $6.51 million.   The Dynamo are ranked 22nd at $5.03 million. The results FC Dallas generates with a significantly lower payroll are eye-opening. There are now a number of smaller market MLS teams that have adopted copy-cat strategies, including the Dynamo to a certain extent.  Diaz is the highest paid FCD player.  Forward Erick (Cubo) Torres is the highest paid Dynamo player. (espnfc.com)
  • The Houston Dynamo announced the hiring of a new Executive VP and General Manager, Juan Rodriquez, for their facility-BBVA Compass Stadium. Rodriquez, who previously spent 14 years working at then Reliant Stadium in Houston, will start the new job in June. (Houston Business Journal)

United Soccer League (USL):

USL rolled out a video and website in support of their new USL Division 3 (D3) league that will begin play in 2019.  When the USL D3 announcement was first made in March, USL Commissioner Jake Edwards commented that the league was not sure whether it would initially launch only on the East Coast or roll-out nationwide.  Subsequently, it was confirmed that the roll-out will be national.  The league has appointed a D3 Vice President, Steven Short, and he has been on a Southeast tour this week with stops in Lexington, Kentucky and Knoxville, Tennessee.  One additional piece of new information on the website was the requirement that cities joining the USL D3 have a stadium capacity of 3,500. Currently US Soccer Division 3 mandates only specify a 1,000 capacity. The speed of the launch efforts may, in part, be to counter efforts by Peter Wilt and Cloud 9 Sports (described in an April 17 article by Nipun Chopra on Soc Takes) to potentially launch an alternative D3 league that could begin play one year earlier in 2018. (usld3.com) (soctakes.com)

National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL):

After a loss in Seattle last week, the Houston Dash (1-1) return to action at 6 p.m. CDT tonight at the Maryland SoccerPlex against the Washington Freedom.  It appears that neither key midfielders Andressa and Morgan Brian will be available to play. Center back Janine Van Wyk, who also missed the Seattle match, is expected to play tonight. (chron.com)

CONCACAF Champions League:

Dallas Oak Cliff native and U.S. International Omar Gonzalez became only the third American to be part of a team that has won the CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) title. His LigaMX club Pachuca, on a goal from forward Franco Jara, beat Monterrey Tigres UANL 1-0 at home (2-1 on aggregate) last night to capture their second CCL trophy. Gonzalez, who played the full 90 last night in center defense, is the only MLS veteran of the three American winners. Prior to last night, the previous CCL champions were Longview-native and U.S. World Cup participant Jose Torres and Ventura Alvarado, both of whom have played their entire professional careers in Mexico. (espnsoccernet.com)

National Premier Soccer League (NPSL):

Houston Dutch Lions FC:

The Dutch Lions play an exhibition match against North American University at HDL FC Soccer Facility tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. There have been 4 NCAA D2 players that have been added to their 2017 NPSL roster.  Two are from Texas universities, midfielder Shane Dockery from West Texas A&M and forward Pablo Covarrubias   from St. Edwards University. (houstondutchlionsfc.com)

Ft. Worth Vaqueros:

The Vaqueros defeated Sporting Fort Worth 2-0 in a preseason game last Saturday night. (facebook.com/fortworthvaqueros)

Tyler FC:

  • Tyler FC Kings will play Rafters FC in a preseason game tonight in Shreveport, LA at 7:00 p.m.
  • Tyler FC also announced this week that they will be helping to grow, structure, and organize an all new local mens soccer league in Tyler; the TFC Premier League. According to a press release on the team website, this step was taken to help address the long term decline and disorganization in the local mens league.  The team also sees this effort as a way to identify and source talent to play on their NPSL side. (tylerfootballclub.com)

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