Other news of interest in Texas Soccer this week.
United Soccer League (USL):
Rio Grande Valley FC (RGV FC)
Local UTRGV graduate makes professional debut in the Valley. (goutrgv.com)
Future El Paso USL team:
In a profile in El Paso Inc. on businessman and energy mogul Paul Foster, there was discussion about the future of soccer in that border city. El Paso has a rich history of soccer in recent years. In a variety of configurations and names, most famously the El Paso Patriots, professional soccer existed in El Paso from 1989 to 2013. A return would certainly be welcome by those supporters.
Foster and the other members of MountainStar Sports Group, which is involved in minor league baseball and has investors who are also involved in the second division Mexican team in Ciudad Juarez, are working to bring a USL team and a new soccer-specific stadium to El Paso.
In the article Foster stated: “I can almost guarantee that we’ll have soccer in El Paso within a couple of years.” (elpasoinc.com)
Here is a link to the article:
National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL):
- After a week off, the Houston Dash will host the Orlando Pride at BBVA Compass Stadium tonight. This match will mark the return of the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, Carli Lloyd, to the Dash after a loan to Manchester City ended. The last place Dash travel to Orlando next weekend for the return leg in a back-to-back. (houstondynamo.com)
- The El Paso Times published a profile story documenting the steady path up the coaching ladder that has led El Paso native Omar Morales to be named interim head coach of the Dash. Below is a link to the story:
United States Youth National Teams:
- U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team has announced a 20-player roster for the team’s second international tournament of 2017, that started on June 6 and ends on Monday. After three days preparation, the team flew to Japan for the 2017 U-16 International Dream Cup. Four Texas players are on the roster (all part of the FC Dallas Academy): Goalkeeper: Michael Collodi from Frisco, midfielders Adrian Munoz from Richardson and Thomas Roberts from Frisco and forward Bryan Reynolds from Little Elm. (ussoccer.com)
- Last week the Under-18 Men’s National Team named a 20-player roster for the team’s second international tournament of 2017, currently taking place in Portugal. Three Texas midfielders were named to the roster and, surprisingly, two are not from the FC Dallas Academy!: Christian Cappis (Texans SC Houston; West Chicago, Ill.), Koby Carr (Texas Rush; San Antonio, Texas) and Brandon Servania (FC Dallas; Birmingham, Ala.) (ussoccer.com)