Texas Soccer Leaders: Arez Ardalani-Texas United

Arez Ardalani is Head Coach and Technical Director of Texas United, the only USL League Two (USL2) club playing in North Texas.  Ardalani grew up playing soccer in the Rio Grande Valley and attended college at Texas A&M-Kingsville.  After spending … Continue reading Texas Soccer Leaders: Arez Ardalani-Texas United

FC Dallas Travels to face San Antonio FC- Match Preview

Since their founding in 2016, San Antonio FC (SAFC) has made three trips to Frisco during the preseason to play matches against Major League Soccer’s (MLS) FC Dallas (FCD). Tomorrow night the script is flipped as FCD makes its way to Toyota Field to play in the Alamo City at 7:30 p.m SAFC coach Alen Marcina talked about the benefits of this match for both sides after training this morning. SAFC is looking forward to the opportunity to test itself midway through its preseason against a very good MLS team. Marcina commented on how the trip also benefits FCD because … Continue reading FC Dallas Travels to face San Antonio FC- Match Preview

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 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

USMNT and Chile Play Tomorrow in Houston-Match Preview

When the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) and Chile play Tuesday night at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, it will be the 11th time they have met in international competition. The first meeting occurred in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil and the last a 2015 friendly played in Chile. The overall U.S. record vs. Chile is 3-5-2. In friendlies played at home, the USMNT has a record of 1-2-2. Chile has recent good memories in the U.S., as it was in New Jersey where they hoisted the 2016 Copa America Centenario trophy after defeating Argentina on penalties. Previous … Continue reading USMNT and Chile Play Tomorrow in Houston-Match Preview

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

2018 Top Texas Soccer Teams/Coach/Players

Like other end-of-year lists I am publishing, this selection of various Teams, Coaches and Players is my best attempt at identifying excellence over the course of the year and not intended to be a “Best of” list. There is too much soccer activity in the State, for me at least, to make these kinds of claims. Before getting started, I would also like to highlight three Texas soccer Supporters Groups who went above and beyond this year. Dallas Beer Guardians, Houston’s Texian Army and San Antonio’s 210 Alliance were jointly awarded the Independent Supporters Council (ISC) Philanthropic Group of the … Continue reading 2018 Top Texas Soccer Teams/Coach/Players

Favorite Texas 2017 Tifos

Tomorrow I will begin rolling out Texas Soccer Journal’s picks of the Top 10 Texas soccer stories of 2017.  Before beginning the countdown, one final post (this one about tifos) in the “favorites” series I have shared over the last week. If you missed them, here are links to the previous posts in the series: https://txsoccerjournal.com/2017/12/12/favorite-2017-texas-goal-s-save-and-comeback-of-the-year/ https://txsoccerjournal.com/2017/12/13/favorite-texas-soccer-media-of-2017/ https://txsoccerjournal.com/2017/12/15/2017-texas-soccer-player-and-coach-of-the-year-professional-high-level-amateur-college-and-youth-teams-of-the-year/ Favorite 2017 Tifos I freely admit that I am not a Tifo scientist.  These masterpieces by Supporters Groups are something that unfortunately bypassed my generation.  I do like a good one though and I wanted to share a couple that I enjoyed … Continue reading Favorite Texas 2017 Tifos

San Antonio FC Heads to Playoffs After Decisive Win-Weekly Roundup

San Antonio FC (SAFC) is rolling into the United Soccer League playoffs after a 3-1 victory over in-state rivals Rio Grande Valley FC (RGV FC) Toros Saturday night at Toyota Field. Two goals by newly acquired forward Ever Guzman, his fourth in the last three games, led the way for SAFC before an ecstatic crowd of 7,604.  Leading scorer Billy Forbes added his 10th of the season, a San Antonio club record, to secure SAFC’s second win in a week and a second place finish in the Western Conference, ensuring at least two home playoff games if the team stays … Continue reading San Antonio FC Heads to Playoffs After Decisive Win-Weekly Roundup