Rebranded USL League Two Begins 2019 Mid South Division Season Tonight

United Soccer League Two (USL 2), formerly known as the Premier Development League (PDL), begins play tonight in Grand Prairie when defending champion Brazos Valley Cavalry travel to face Texas United. United has played a unique and challenging preseason schedule that featured matchups against USL Championship sides. Brazos Valley, fielding a roster primarily composed of Houston Dynamo Academy players, comes off of a tough 1-0 loss to Laredo Heat in U.S. Open Cup action Tuesday night in Laredo. USL 2 consists of 74 teams playing in four regional conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada. The league is part of what … Continue reading Rebranded USL League Two Begins 2019 Mid South Division Season Tonight

Lower League Texas Derby Featured in Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup First Round

On Saturday afternoon Houston Dynamo defeated FC Dallas 2-1 at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium in the first iteration of the 2019 Texas Derby. Since this year’s version of the Derby is played over two matches, FC Dallas will get a second chance to return the favor and retain the coveted El Capitan cannon, awarded to the winner of the series each year, when the two MLS clubs meet in August. On a smaller scale, Tuesday night in Laredo will provide a fascinating amateur lower league version of the Texas Derby. But since this match is part of the Lamar Hunt … Continue reading Lower League Texas Derby Featured in Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup First Round

NPSL’s Midland-Odessa Sockers FC Begin Season with First Round U.S. Open Cup Match Next Week

The first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup arrives every May at an awkward time for the majority of teams entering at this stage of the competition. 24 teams from USL League 2 (previously Premier Development League-PDL) and the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), join 6 professional USL League One teams and 8 clubs who wended their way through difficult amateur qualifying competitions to complete the 19 matchups to be played in the Open Cup First Round next week. Midland-Odessa Sockers FC are one of those teams in an awkward position. The Sockers qualified as one of 14 … Continue reading NPSL’s Midland-Odessa Sockers FC Begin Season with First Round U.S. Open Cup Match Next Week

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

Brazos Valley Cavalry 2018 PDL Mid-South Champions-Final week of Regular Season Wrap

Brazos Valley Cavalry defeat Texas United and are crowned 2018 PDL Mid South Champions Brazos Valley Cavalry, who entered the last week of the regular season in the Premier Development League’s (PDL) Mid South Division title race in the drivers seat, left nothing to chance by defeating Texas United twice to win the Championship.  The Cavalry ended the season with six consecutive victories and a plus-23 goal differential.  They both scored the most goals and conceded the fewest in the Mid South division this year. OKC Energy, after losing a crucial home game to Brazos Valley last week, entered the … Continue reading Brazos Valley Cavalry 2018 PDL Mid-South Champions-Final week of Regular Season Wrap

Final week of PDL Mid South Regular Season Ahead with Title Still in Doubt

 Texas United forward Giovanni Montesdeoca scored twice in victory over AHFC Royals (Photo Credit:  Texas United Twitter) The PDL Mid South Division enters the final week of the 2018 regular season schedule with three teams in title contention and faint hopes that the second place team in the Southern Conference playoffs can come from the Mid South. The three Mid South Conference divisional champions and best second place team will advance to the Southern Conference playoffs, to be played July 20-21 in Statesboro, Georgia at the home of undefeated South Georgia Tormenta FC (already qualified as Deep South Division Champions).  … Continue reading Final week of PDL Mid South Regular Season Ahead with Title Still in Doubt

PDL Mid South Race tightens with Two Weeks Left in Regular Season

  The PDL Mid South Division enters the penultimate week of the 2018 regular season schedule with seven games on tap and an extremely tight race for the title.  The playoff format has been changed this year, since the PDL added a third division to the Southern Conference at the beginning of the season.  As a result, only one Mid South team is guaranteed a spot in the Conference semifinals this year.  The three Mid South Conference divisional champions and best second place team will advance.  Since the Mid South has spent the year beating each other every week, it … Continue reading PDL Mid South Race tightens with Two Weeks Left in Regular Season

Busy Stretch of PDL Mid South Season in the Books/Week 8 Recap

Brazos Valley Cavalry after their 3-1 win Monday night against AHFC Royals  (Image Credit:  BV Cavalry Twitter) A busy week of Premier Development League (PDL) play has been completed and the race for the PDL Southern Conference Mid South Division’s two playoffs spots is still as competitive as it was at the beginning of the week. AHFC Royals, who won a big match against 10-man OKC Energy U23 on Friday, retain their hold on first place in the division with 18 points, though they have played more matches than most of their closest competitors.  Corpus Christi FC made the biggest … Continue reading Busy Stretch of PDL Mid South Season in the Books/Week 8 Recap

Busiest Week of PDL Mid South Season on Tap/Week 7 Recap

Reflecting the competitive nature of the 2018 PDL Mid South Conference, two of the three matches in last weeks light schedule ended in draws-two of them involving Brazos Valley Cavalry.  The only victory of the week was secured by expansion side AHFC Royals, who produced an impressive 5-2 home victory over Texas United on Friday.  Through seven weeks the Royals now lead the Division with a 5-3-0 record (15 points). There is still a difference in matches among the teams, ranging from the 5 matches played by OKC Energy U23 to the 8 played by the Royals and Houston FC-who … Continue reading Busiest Week of PDL Mid South Season on Tap/Week 7 Recap

PDL Mid South Week 6 Recap/Week 7 Schedule

Week 6 Recap If there is one word to describe the first six weeks of PDL Mid South results, it would certainly be unpredictable.  We witnessed Texas United run off to an unbeaten streak and then get routed by Corpus Christi FC at home.  FC Cleburne wins by 3 goals over Houston FC and then returns to the Gulf Coast two days later and loses to AHFC Royals by 4 goals.  Last place Houston FC beat first place AHFC Royals last week.  Through six weeks all teams are within one win of a playoff spot, though Houston FC face a … Continue reading PDL Mid South Week 6 Recap/Week 7 Schedule