Austin Aztex

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Austin Aztex
Austin Aztex Logo.svg
Full name Austin Aztex Football Club
Nickname(s) Aztex
Founded 2011
Stadium House Park
Ground Capacity 6,500
Owner David Markley
Head Coach Paul Dalglish
League USL Pro (in 2015)
2014 1st, Mid-South Division
Playoffs: Conference Final
Website Club home page
Current season

Austin Aztex is a soccer team based in Austin, Texas, United States. Founded in 2011, the team will play in USL Pro in the 2015 season, the third tier of the United States soccer pyramid. They play their home games at the 6,500-seat House Park just west of the downtown Austin core. This is the second team to carry the name Austin Aztex, the first having been founded in 2008 and relocated in 2010.

History[edit]

Rebirth of the Aztex[edit]

The present incarnation of the Austin Aztex was founded by David Markley, who was a minority owner of the previous Austin Aztex.[1] The previous team's majority owners moved the organization to Orlando, Florida at the end of the 2010 season. That team was renamed Orlando City S.C.

In September 2011, Markley announced plans to create a new Austin Aztex team which would compete in the USL Premier Development League beginning in the 2012 season.[2] The new Aztex played their first game on May 5, 2012 at Woodforest Bank Stadium, home of the Texas Dutch Lions, and defeated the hosts 4-0. The first Aztex goal was scored by midfielder Tony Rocha on a free kick in the 6th minute of play.[3] The Aztex's first home game was played on May 19, 2012 against the El Paso Patriots before a crowd of 2,507. The Aztex rose to the occasion with a 6-1 win, with Kristopher Tyrpak providing three of the Aztex's six goals.[4]

The first Austin Aztex home game, against the El Paso Patriots on May 19, 2012. The downtown Austin skyline and the Texas capitol dome are visible in the background.

The reborn Aztex finished their first season with 9 wins, 5 losses, and 2 draws.[5] They won their first playoff game against the Ocala Stampede but fell to Orlando City U-23's in the Southern Conference final.[6]

Championship Season[edit]

Further information: 2013 Austin Aztex season

The Aztex enjoyed great success in the 2013 PDL season, topping the Mid-South Division with an 11-2-1 record[7] and going on to become champions of the PDL's Southern Conference.[8] The 2013 PDL championships were held at House Park in Austin. The Aztex defeated Eastern Conference champions Ocean City Nor'easters 1-0 in the semifinal, earning the right to face Central Conference champions Thunder Bay Chill in the final. The Chill's goalkeeper was sent off early and the Aztex triumphed 3-1. This was the Aztex's first-ever PDL title. Additionally, Aztex head coach Paul Dalglish was named PDL Coach of the Year, and forward Kristopher Tyrpak was named league MVP.[9]

2013 also marked the new Aztex's first appearance in the U.S. Open Cup. The Aztex were one of 12 PDL teams to advance to the second round, but bowed out to a USL Pro team, the Wilmington Hammerheads.

All-Time Stats[edit]

For the present Aztex team, the largest win to date was an 8-0 result over the El Paso Patriots on June 15, 2013 at House Park.[10] Their largest home crowd to date was 4,754 on July 26, 2014. The Aztex's all-time leading scorer is Kristopher Tyrpak with 19 goals over two seasons.[11][12]

Colors and badge[edit]

The Aztex kits are dark blue with gold numbers and gold trim. Their alternate kits are white with gold trim and numbering. Kits are provided by Admiral Sportswear. Emergo Group, an international regulatory consulting firm headquartered in Austin, has served as the team's jersey sponsor since the 2012 season.[13]

The Aztex badge features blue and gold colors with a Texas lone star, a soccer ball, and the word "AzTeX" with an enlarged A, T, and X. "ATX" is shorthand for Austin, Texas.

Year-by-year[edit]

Year League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2012 USL PDL 2nd, Mid-South Conference Finals Did not qualify
2013 USL PDL 1st, Mid-South Champions 2nd Round
2014 USL PDL 1st, Mid-South Conference Finals 2nd Round

Honors[edit]

  • USL PDL Mid-South Division Champions 2013, 2014
  • USL PDL Southern Conference Champions 2013
  • USL PDL Champions 2013

Current squad[edit]

As of July 28, 2013 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 United States GK Devin Cook
1 United States GK Josh Mikulewicz
35 United States GK John Kashak
2 United States DF Zack Pope
3 United States DF Mikey Ambrose
4 United States DF Leone Cruz
5 United States DF Aaron Guillen
12 United States DF Max Gunderson
14 Mexico DF Damian Rosales
18 Jamaica DF Michael King
21 Senegal DF Oumar Djiba
24 United States DF Travis Golden
31 United States DF Walker Hume
3 United States MF Jeff Harwell
6 United States MF Dan Metzger
8 United States MF Zachary Garcia
No. Position Player
10 Spain MF Sito Seoane
13 Mexico MF Chuy Cortes
15 United States MF John Lujano
16 United States MF Tony Rocha
20 United States MF Seth Casiple
22 United States MF Justin Franz
23 United States MF Robbie Derschang
25 United States MF Alesi Osorio
9 United States FW Jacob Powell
11 United States FW Andres Cuero
19 United States FW Kristopher Tyrpak
20 United States FW Khiry Shelton
24 Jamaica FW Eddie Campbell
26 England FW Danny Riley
30 United States FW Tucker Hume

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "All Ablog Austin". www.statesman.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  3. ^ "Austin Aztex in Control: Begin Season with Decisive 4-0 Victory – Austin Aztex". Austinaztex.com. 2012-05-06. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  4. ^ "Homecoming: Aztex Rout El Paso Patriots in 6-1 Win – Austin Aztex". Austinaztex.com. 2012-05-19. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  5. ^ "2012 PDL Schedule – Austin Aztex". Austinaztex.com. 2013-08-04. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  6. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Pdl.uslsoccer.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  7. ^ "Aztex and Patriots Battle to 2-2 Draw – Austin Aztex". Austinaztex.com. 2013-07-21. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  8. ^ "Aztex: Southern Conference Champions – Austin Aztex". Austinaztex.com. 2013-07-28. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  9. ^ "Tyrpak wins PDL MVP; Dalglish Coach of the Year – Austin Aztex". Austinaztex.com. 2013-08-04. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  10. ^ "Aztex Set Record in 8-0 Win – Austin Aztex". Austinaztex.com. 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  11. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  12. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  13. ^ "Emergo Group Becomes Top Partner and Jersey Sponsor – Austin Aztex". Austinaztex.com. 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 

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