This Week Marks the 45 Year Anniversary of San Antonio’s First Pro Soccer Team

In April 1975, San Antonio and Central Texas joined nineteen other cities and regions in the United States with a professional first-division soccer team when the San Antonio Thunder played their first match in the North American Soccer League (NASL). On Friday April 18th, 1975, the Thunder opened their inaugural season at North East Stadium (now Comalander Stadium) in San Antonio against the other team from Texas in the league, the Dallas Tornado. How a city with no previous experience with top-level professional soccer became part of this league is an interesting story, which unfortunately ended much too soon when … Continue reading This Week Marks the 45 Year Anniversary of San Antonio’s First Pro Soccer Team

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 Journal Newsletter – October 2019

Texas Soccer Journal now has a monthly newsletter. The October edition of the newsletter is featured below, and if you’d like to sign up to receive future updates, you can sign up on our newsletter page. An archive of all … Continue reading Texas Soccer Journal Newsletter – October 2019

Texas Soccer Journal Newsletter – September 2019

Texas Soccer Journal now has a monthly newsletter. The inaugural newsletter is featured below, and if you’d like to sign up to receive future updates, you can sign up on our newsletter page. An archive of all of our newsletters … Continue reading Texas Soccer Journal Newsletter – September 2019

2019 Texas College Soccer Season Underway

The 2019 Texas College Soccer season is underway with preseason play beginning last week.  College Soccer programs (both 4-year and Community Colleges) generally play a compressed 15-20 game regular season that just recently began and ends in late October.  Conference and National playoffs, in the respective governing organizations (e.g., NCAA, NAIA), are concluded by early December.  Some universities, especially in Division I and II, also play abbreviated spring exhibition schedules. Brief History of College Soccer in Texas In simplistic terms, the first serious organized soccer leagues in the country originated in Northeast universities more than 100 years ago.  College soccer … Continue reading 2019 Texas College Soccer Season Underway

United States Men’s National Team Soccer History in Houston

The United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) returns to Houston for the first time since the summer of 2016 when they face Chile at BBVA Compass Stadium at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26th. This will be the seventh time the U.S. men have played in the Bayou City. The first came in 1988 when they lost 2-0 to Ecuador. The most recent match came in July of 2016 when they were soundly beaten by Argentina 4-0 in the semifinal of Copa America Centenario. Overall the USMNT are 1-2-3 in Houston, the only victory coming against Panama in the 2011 … Continue reading United States Men’s National Team Soccer History in Houston

History of United States Men’s National Soccer Team in Houston

The United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) returns to Houston for the first time since the summer of 2016 when they face Chile at BBVA Compass Stadium at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26th. This will be the seventh time the U.S. men have played in the Bayou City. The first came in 1988 when they lost 2-0 to Ecuador. The most recent match came in July of 2016 when they were soundly beaten by Argentina 4-0 in the semifinal of Copa America Centenario. Overall the USMNT are 1-2-3 in Houston, the only victory coming against Panama in the 2011 … Continue reading History of United States Men’s National Soccer Team in Houston