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 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

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

Texas Soccer Roundup-August 1, 2019

This is the first 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. Tatu Named Head Coach of Expansion MASL Team Major Arena Indoor Soccer (MASL) is the first division of indoor/arena soccer in North America. The league featured 17 teams from the U.S., Canada and Mexico in its 2018/19 season that concluded in the spring. Tatu, who was … Continue reading Texas Soccer Roundup-August 1, 2019

2018 Favorite Texas Soccer Media

Over the course of the year I watch, read and consume a lot of soccer related information. This post will attempt to highlight some of my favorite Texas soccer related media of all varieties from 2018. I obviously can’t read or watch everything and make no assertions that the media I highlight in this article are the “Best” of anything….because they are only my opinions and reflect my own taste. There will also invariably be a southern part of Texas slant because that it where I typically watch live soccer. Nevertheless, here goes and if I missed anything that readers … Continue reading 2018 Favorite Texas Soccer Media

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

Dallas Cup Final Results and Texas Youth Club Participation

The 2018 Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup was played throughout North Texas between March 25 and April 1.  This world-renowned, invitation only youth soccer tournament has been played since 1980. Texas (or affiliated) Youth Clubs Competing in 2018 Tournament Anoranzas FC (Texas North):  U18 FC Dallas Academy:  U13, U14 Super, U15, U16, U19 Super FC Dallas Mexico:  U15, U16 FC Dallas Youth:  U13, U14(2), U15(3), U16, U17, U18(2), U19 Dallas Kicks Selecao:  U13 Dallas Texans:  U13, U14, U15, U17, U18, U19(3) FC Premier (Texas North):  U14, U15 Houston Dynamo Academy:  U19 Houston Dynamo Academy MX (Mexico):  U14 Super ID Club Division … Continue reading Dallas Cup Final Results and Texas Youth Club Participation

Top 10 2017 Texas Soccer Stories-#10 FC Dallas Youth win the Dallas Cup U19 Super Group Championship

The Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup played every Spring on fields throughout the Metroplex is the most prestigious youth tournament played in the United States every year.  Because of the large number of international teams that travel to play, it is also one of the most highly regarded in the world. The U-19 Gordon Jago Super Group is the most competitive bracket in the Dallas Cup tournament that ranges in age from U13-U19.  Though the Dallas Cup has been played every year since its founding in 1980, the U19 Super Group category began competition in 1990.  Nine countries have won this … Continue reading Top 10 2017 Texas Soccer Stories-#10 FC Dallas Youth win the Dallas Cup U19 Super Group Championship

Other Key Texas Soccer stories of 2017

Next week I will roll out my choices for the Top 10 Texas soccer stories of 2017.  In compiling this list, it became apparent that there were far more than ten stories, both positive and adverse, that should be recognized.  This “other stories” list is certainly not comprehensive.  In a state as big as Texas it is hard to stay on top of everything that happens in the soccer landscape.  If there is anything I have missed after the Top 10 next week, please let me know and I will correct any obvious misses. Positive stories (in no particular order) … Continue reading Other Key Texas Soccer stories of 2017