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

New Soccer Stadium Breaks Ground in Austin

On Wednesday United Soccer League (USL) expansion team, Austin Bold, broke ground on a new 5,000+ seat soccer specific stadium at the Circuit of Americas (COTA) complex in southeast Austin. The new $5 million stadium, which will include a covered grandstand and individual chair back seating, is planned to open early next year.  The stadium, which will be built next to the current racetrack, is designed to share infrastructure with current facilities in the COTA complex.  The natural grass soccer field will be capable of handing all potential international soccer and rugby events. Austin Bold Chairman Bobby Epstein discussed his … Continue reading New Soccer Stadium Breaks Ground in Austin

Why are no Soccer players in the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame?

Another class of inductees was announced by the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame (HOF) last week.  For the 23rd consecutive year, no soccer players were inducted and it certainly asks questions about how and why, in a city the size of San Antonio, this is even possible. San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame (HOF) Background:   According to its website, the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame, a partnership of San Antonio Sports, the San Antonio Express-News, and the City of San Antonio, was founded in 1995 and recognizes those who have made an impact in the world of sports, … Continue reading Why are no Soccer players in the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame?

Weekly Soccer Notes-June 17, 2017

Other news of interest in Texas Soccer this week. United Soccer League (USL): Rio Grande Valley FC (RGV FC) Local UTRGV graduate makes professional debut in the Valley. (goutrgv.com) http://goutrgv.com/news/2017/6/14/mens-soccer-garcia-makes-usl-debut-with-rgv-fc.aspx Future El Paso USL team: In a profile in El Paso Inc. on businessman and energy mogul Paul Foster, there was discussion about the future of soccer in that border city.  El Paso has a rich history of soccer in recent years. In a variety of configurations and names, most famously the El Paso Patriots, professional soccer existed in El Paso from 1989 to 2013.  A return would certainly be … Continue reading Weekly Soccer Notes-June 17, 2017

Around the World of Soccer

Best (or in this case worst) Quote of the Week: “I kept piercing the Estudiantes strikers with a needle.  We know that top division players don’t like contact, they don’t like if we waste time or if we play dirty. So that was the way to do it. Football is like that. Football is for the clever.” Federico Allende, a defender for Argentina’s lower division Sport Pacifico, quoted in an interview with a Columbian radio station about using a needle against strikers from a top-division club in a first round Copa Argentina match.  It apparently worked since Club Pacifico won … Continue reading Around the World of Soccer

Weekly Soccer Notes-June 10, 2017

Other news of interest in Texas Soccer this week: Major League Soccer (MLS): Bleacher Report’s Noah Davis wrote an excellent long-form piece on former Dynamo defender/midfielder and sometimes forward Geoff Cameron.  He used the word “unheralded” to describe Cameron’s arrival in Houston and that is true.  He joined the team as a third round MLS Super Draft choice in 2008 and in this article Dynamo head coach at the time, Dominic Kinnear, admitted about Cameron’s pick “It was a gamble” .  It didn’t take Dynamo supporters long to consider him heralded.  He scored on his home debut against FC Dallas and was … Continue reading Weekly Soccer Notes-June 10, 2017