2012–13 Texas Strikers season

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Texas Strikers
Texas Strikers.JPG
2012–13 PASL season
Owner James Germany
Head Coach Chris "Topper" Cogan
Arena Ford Arena
Beaumont, Texas
(capacity: 8,500)[1]
PASL 5th, Central
US Open Cup DNP
Highest home attendance 1,078
(December 1, 2012)
vs Dallas Sidekicks
Lowest home attendance 385
(January 11, 2013)
vs Chicago Mustangs
Average home league attendance 598 (over 8 home games)[2]

The 2012–13 Texas Strikers season was the first season of the Texas Strikers professional indoor soccer club.[3] The Strikers, a Central Division team in the Professional Arena Soccer League, played their home games in Ford Arena in Beaumont, Texas.[4] The team was led by owner James Germany and head coach Chris "Topper" Cogan. The Strikers are Beaumont's first professional soccer team.[5]

Season summary[edit]

The Strikers in action versus the Dallas Sidekicks on February 23, 2013, at the Allen Event Center.

The team struggled early in the regular season but split its last six games, amassing a 3–13 record. The Strikers placed fifth in the five-team Central Division and failed to advance to the postseason. The franchise fared better at the box office, placing seventh in the 19-team league for average home attendance.[2]

The Strikers did not participate in the 2012–13 United States Open Cup for Arena Soccer.

Off-field moves[edit]

The team's December 1, 2012, home opener against the Dallas Sidekicks was delayed by nearly two hours as the goals had not been properly installed by gametime.[6] Blaming late shipping from the supplier for the delay, the team gave free popcorn and soft drinks to fans while they waited.[7] The team later announced that anyone with a ticket stub from the delayed game could redeem it for free admission to the December 8 game against the Arizona Storm.[7]

Roster moves[edit]

In early October 2012, the Strikers held two rounds of tryouts for prospective players at the Cris Quinn Soccer Complex in Beaumont.[8] 63 prospects participated in the tryouts as the team worked to fill out a 20-man roster for the 2012–13 season.[9][10]

On October 30, the team signed Thomas Shenton from Doncaster, England, Mikey Olabarrieta from Honduras, and Texas native Jeff LeBlanc.[11]

The team roster for the regular season finale against the Dallas Sidekicks was partially filled out with players from Vitesse Dallas of the Premier Arena Soccer League.

Schedule[edit]

      Win       Tie       Loss

Regular season[edit]

Game Day Date Kickoff Opponent Results Location[12] Attendance
Final Score Record
1 Saturday November 17 7:30pm at Rio Grande Valley Flash L 1–13[13] 0–1 State Farm Arena 1,758[14]
2 Saturday December 1 7:05pm Dallas Sidekicks L 3–10[15] 0–2 Ford Arena[16] 1,078[17]
3 Saturday December 8 7:05pm Arizona Storm L 4–7 0–3 Ford Arena[18] 717[19]
4 Saturday December 15 7:00pm at Dallas Sidekicks L 1–21 0–4 Allen Event Center 4,768[20]
5 Saturday December 22 7:05pm at Rockford Rampage L 5–16 0–5 Victory Sports Complex 266[21]
6 Sunday December 23 1:30pm at Chicago Mustangs L 1–20 0–6 Grand Sports Arena[22] 299[23]
7 Saturday December 29 7:05pm Dallas Sidekicks L 4–16[24] 0–7 Ford Arena[1] 688[25]
8 Friday January 4 7:05pm Rio Grande Valley Flash L 1–10[26][27] 0–8 Ford Arena[28] 496[29]
9 Friday January 11 7:05pm Chicago Mustangs L 2–12 0–9 Ford Arena 385[30]
10 Saturday January 19 8:00pm
(9:00pm Central)
at Real Phoenix L 6–10 0–10 Barney Family Sports Complex 69[31]
11 Sunday January 20 4:00pm
(5:00pm Central)
at Arizona Storm W 9–8 1–10 Arizona Sports Complex 55[32]
12 Sunday January 27 5:00pm at Rio Grande Valley Flash L 3–12[33][34] 1–11 State Farm Arena[35] 1,549[36]
13 Saturday February 2 7:05pm Real Phoenix W 13–8 2–11 Ford Arena 398[37]
14 Sunday February 10 3:05pm Rockford Rampage W 9–8 3–11 Ford Arena 409[38]
15 Saturday February 16 7:05pm Rio Grande Valley Flash L 10–11 (OT)[39][40] 3–12 Ford Arena 620[41]
16 Saturday February 23 7:00pm at Dallas Sidekicks L 4–10[42][43] 3–13 Allen Event Center[44][45] 4,856[46]

♥ Replacement squad after Phoenix franchise revoked by league.

References[edit]

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