Category: Soccer Business

Weekly Soccer Notes-Saturday, May 27

Other news of interest in Texas Soccer this week:

National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL):

  • The Houston Dash lost to Sky Blue FC in New Jersey last Saturday afternoon, falling 2-1 on a goal just minutes from the end of the game. Midfielder Andressinha scored the Dash goal, converting a rebound after her initial shot hit the post in the 40th minute.  The Dash are now 2-4-0 and sit in 9th place (in a 10 team league), 6 points behind league leaders North Carolina.  The Dash return home to face Seattle today at BBVA Compass Stadium at 3 pm.  (houstondynamo.com)
  • Four Dash midfielders have been called up to their national teams for games early next month.  Morgan Brian and Carli Lloyd, who currently is playing on loan in England, for the United States, Denise O’Sullivan for Ireland and Andressinha for Brazil.  (houstondynamo.com)

National Premier Soccer League (NPSL):

An article by Nipun Chopra (https://twitter.com/NipunChopra7) on the upper-Midwestern based Soc Takes website discussed the potential of a new Oklahoma City/Norman NPSL team to begin play next year.  In the article he spoke with the potential team’s lead owner, Dustin Hooker, who was previously involved in the set up of OKC Energy’s Premier Development League (PDL) side.  Hooker stated that the ownership group were in the process of filing a franchise application with NPSL.  They currently have a trial team that is playing against other amateur sides in the Midwest and Texas. In the article he alluded to the potential of other new NPSL teams in Texas in the future. Here is a link to the article that provides additional details on stadium locations and the team name:

https://www.soctakes.com/2017/05/23/potential-south-oklahoma-city-applying-npsl/

Premier Development League (PDL):

Part of the mission for the PDL is to bring top players in their league to the attention of USL, MLS and other professional soccer leagues.  As a reflection of this mission, one of their brands is “Path-to-Pro”.  The league has enlisted the help of 24 scouts across North America, including coaching directors, technical directors and head coaches, to provide the PDL with valuable insight on the top Under-23 performers in the league throughout the season. This feedback forms the basis of a Top Prospects List, which serves as a resource for professional clubs who are interested in identifying and scouting high-level players, ranks players based on their performance within the PDL, their technical and tactical qualities and their potential to play at the professional level.  The league published the first Top Prospects List this week (link below of the Top 50 prospects).  No players on our Texas based PDL teams were identified on this first list…not surprising given that the all of these teams are new and the season has just started. (uslpdl.com)

http://www.uslpdl.com/2017-top-prospects?utm_source=Premier+Development+League&utm_campaign=676ed6ee30-Espinal+Headlines+First+2017+Top+Prospects+List&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d48040a326-676ed6ee30-

National Soccer Hall of Fame (HOF):

  • FC Dallas and U.S. Soccer released new renderings and an updated schedule for the Hall of Fame, currently under construction at Toyota Stadium in Frisco.  The new timeline projects that the museum will be completed in the Winter of 2018. Other new seating and amenities in the south end of the stadium, which has been closed since construction began last year, will be completed and open next summer.  New renderings of the HOF can be found at this link: (fcdallas.com)

https://www.fcdallas.com/hof

  • The U.S. Soccer Federation and FC Dallas have hired Djorn Buchholz to serve as the executive director for the National Soccer Hall of Fame at Toyota Stadium. Buchholz has 15 years of experience in MLS, USL (Austin Aztex) and NASL team front offices. He comes to Frisco from Austin, TX where he ran his own soccer consulting firm that provided insight and operational leadership to teams, matches and large-scale tournaments. (fcdallas.com)
  • Former Houston Dynamo players Brian Ching and Pat Onstad are among 33 players nominated for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2017.  Ching retired following the 2013 season and is in his first year of eligibility. He is the Dynamo’s all-time leading scorer with 56 goals in the MLS regular season and 69 goals across all competitions. He led the Dynamo do MLS Cup titles in 2006 and 2007.  Onstad holds Dynamo records for shutouts, wins, saves and goals against average. (chron.com)

Youth Soccer Development:

A 64-player roster has been called to Carson, Calif. for U.S. Soccer’s first Boys’ National Team Futures Camp of 2017. The training camp, which consists of players who were born in 2002 and 2003, runs from May 26-30 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center.  This is a very intriguing camp, designed to identify the most talented players in the ’02 and ’03 birth years who appear to be on a later physical development path and/or are born in the second half of the year. Such parameters serve to reduce the impact of physical maturity and relative age effect on identification and evaluation of talent, according to the US Soccer website.  Four North-Texas youth players, two each from the 2002 and 2003 classes and also from the Solar Chelsea and FC Dallas Academy clubs were selected to participate.  (ussoccer.com)

International Soccer in Texas:

The MoneyGram SocioMX Tour will come to both Houston and Dallas this summer. LigaMX sides Cruz Azul and CF Monterrey will play in Houston at BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday, July 2 at 7 p.m.  CF Monterrey will then play Pumas UNAM and Cruz Azul will play Toluca in Dallas at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday, July 8 at 6 p.m. (Match organizer press releases)

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)

https://www.fcdallas.com/post/2017/04/26/fc-dallas-midfielder-mauro-diaz-takes-another-step-return-achilles-injury

  • 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)