TEXAS SOCCER LEADERS: DAVID WALDING-PRESIDENT/GM, CENTRAL TEXAS LOBOS/HORNETS (GCPL/UWS)

David Walding-President and GM-Central Texas Lobos and Hornets David Walding has built one of the genuinely unique lower league soccer clubs in America.  Over five short years, the Central Texas Lobos, centered in South Austin and Hays County, has organized … Continue reading TEXAS SOCCER LEADERS: DAVID WALDING-PRESIDENT/GM, CENTRAL TEXAS LOBOS/HORNETS (GCPL/UWS)

45 Year Anniversary of the First Central Texas Professional Soccer Club

Central Texas will soon enjoy first division professional soccer when Austin FC joins Major League Soccer at the beginning of the 2021 MLS season. Amid all the excitement the new club is generating in Austin, most soccer fans in the … Continue reading 45 Year Anniversary of the First Central Texas Professional Soccer Club

Texas Soccer Journal 2019 Favorite Stories, Memories and Appreciation

For the last two years, TSJ has published a year-end wrap up of my favorite soccer events, stories and top players, clubs, coaches and media from throughout the state. Previously I have broken this list up into multiple articles, but … Continue reading Texas Soccer Journal 2019 Favorite Stories, Memories and Appreciation

Texas Soccer Roundup-September 1, 2019

This is the second of what are planned to be monthly summaries of under-the-radar soccer stories from around Texas. The focus of this series will be on players, teams and leagues that don’t receive much coverage outside of their local communities. Stories from non-metropolitan areas of the state will also be a regular focus. Two Houston Amateur Teams Advance to Finals of National Competitions Horizon FC and ASC New Stars, amateur soccer teams in Houston, both advanced through regional playoffs to the finals of two prestigious National Cups. Unfortunately, neither was able to bring a championship back home. Horizon FC … Continue reading Texas Soccer Roundup-September 1, 2019

MLS Launches its Third Texas Club-Austin FC

43 years after the San Antonio Spurs joined the National Basketball Association, the central part of Texas now has a second team in a high level national professional sports league. Austin FC was introduced as the 27th team in Major League Soccer (MLS), the top soccer league in the United States, during an unveiling ceremony on Tuesday afternoon.  MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Austin FC Chairman and CEO Anthony Precourt and Austin Mayor Steve Adler hosted the official launch in front of hundreds of passionate club supporters at a 6th Street Austin location. “We think about us (MLS) as a league … Continue reading MLS Launches its Third Texas Club-Austin FC

Austin’s Professional Soccer is TSJ’s Top Texas Story of 2018

Austin Began 2018 with Zero Pro Soccer Teams and Ended with Two A book would be needed (and probably should be written) about the soap opera year in Austin professional soccer. After Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt announced late last year that he was exploring a relocation of his team to Austin, it set off a sequence of events that created front page news in both Austin and Columbus throughout the year. The first two stadium sites preferred by Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV) never got off the ground because of negative community reaction to the use of Austin parkland for … Continue reading Austin’s Professional Soccer is TSJ’s Top Texas Story of 2018

Top 10 2018 Texas Soccer Stories # 5-1

Link to Top 10 2018 Stories #10-6: #5: UPSL Builds Significant Momentum in Inaugural Season It is hard not to be impressed with the start-up of the United Professional Soccer League (UPSL) in Texas during 2018. This high level amateur league, since the first Texas teams were announced late in 2017, has rapidly expanded into a full fledged competition today. Successful Spring and Fall seasons were played during 2018 and the Conference is already planning to implement a promotion/relegation system in part of their Central Conference in 2019. A team in El Paso also began play in the Southwest Conference … Continue reading Top 10 2018 Texas Soccer Stories # 5-1

Top 10 2017 Texas Soccer Stories-#3 Professional Soccer in Austin Becomes Very Popular

Austin Aztex 2015 ATX Pro Challenge Trophy-dubbed the “Best. Trophy. Ever.” by the Washington Post after DC United won this tournament.  (mlssoccer.com) Austin professional soccer remained nothing more than a dream into the middle of the year.  After USL’s Austin Aztex went on hiatus at the end of the 2015 season, since there were no acceptable stadium options, no professional or even high level amateur teams remained in the ATX metro area.  That all changed in a huge way in the second half of the year and inserted Austin straight into the middle of a nation-wide battle over the “soul” … Continue reading Top 10 2017 Texas Soccer Stories-#3 Professional Soccer in Austin Becomes Very Popular

Top 10 2017 Texas Soccer Stories-#7 Midland-Odessa NPSL final run highlights rapid Non-League soccer growth

2017 was a breakthrough year for Non-League soccer in Texas and 2018 promises more explosive growth.  At the end of the 2016 season there were 6 soccer clubs playing throughout Texas in one high level (Tier 4) USASA Adult Amateur National soccer league, the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).  2017 started the expansion process rolling as the Premier Development League (PDL) reentered Texas.  The 2017 Texas Non-League season was capped by the extraordinary playoff run of Midland-Odessa FC, who had also recently been to a national semifinal in the PDL, that fell just short of a championship.  The team overcame … Continue reading Top 10 2017 Texas Soccer Stories-#7 Midland-Odessa NPSL final run highlights rapid Non-League soccer growth