Texas Soccer Leaders-Hector Cano-Ysleta High School (El Paso)

Hector Cano-Head Women’s Soccer Coach Ysleta High School (Image credit: Ysleta ISD) Hector Cano is the Head Varsity Women’s Soccer Coach at Ysleta High School in El Paso.  A decorated Air Force veteran with multiple combat tours, he was seriously … Continue reading Texas Soccer Leaders-Hector Cano-Ysleta High School (El Paso)

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

USL Academy Program Begins Play in San Antonio This Weekend

The United Soccer League (USL) officially unveiled its vision for the future of the league’s Academy system earlier this year when it rolled out a new tier in the league’s identity called “USL Academy”. This weekend in San Antonio the league will take the first steps to turn this vision into reality when the USL Western Conference Academy Cup Regional Event is contested at San Antonio FC’s S.T.A.R. Soccer Complex and Toyota Field. Western Academy Cup Format Twenty-one matches will be played by fourteen Under-17 youth teams between Friday and Monday, October 11-14. The Event is not a traditional tournament … Continue reading USL Academy Program Begins Play in San Antonio This Weekend

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

Outdoor Professional Soccer Returns to El Paso After an Absence of 15 Years

Outdoor Professional Soccer is finally returning to El Paso this weekend after a hiatus of 15 years when El Paso Locomotive (The Locos) begins play in the United Soccer League Championship (USL). The only previous professional team to play outdoor … Continue reading Outdoor Professional Soccer Returns to El Paso After an Absence of 15 Years

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

Top 10 2017 Texas Soccer Stories-#7 Midland-Odessa NPSL final run highlights rapid Non-League soccer growth

2017 was a breakthrough year for Non-League soccer in Texas and 2018 promises more explosive growth.  At the end of the 2016 season there were 6 soccer clubs playing throughout Texas in one high level (Tier 4) USASA Adult Amateur National soccer league, the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).  2017 started the expansion process rolling as the Premier Development League (PDL) reentered Texas.  The 2017 Texas Non-League season was capped by the extraordinary playoff run of Midland-Odessa FC, who had also recently been to a national semifinal in the PDL, that fell just short of a championship.  The team overcame … Continue reading Top 10 2017 Texas Soccer Stories-#7 Midland-Odessa NPSL final run highlights rapid Non-League soccer growth