Austin Aztex

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Austin Aztex
Austin Aztex.png
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
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 plays in the USL Pro as of 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 Kris 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]

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.[7]

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.

Players and Staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of December 18, 2014[8]

No. Position Player Nation
Forward Cuero, AndresAndres Cuero      United States
Defender Fekete, BrianBrian Fekete      United States
Defender Golden, TravisTravis Golden      United States
Defender Gunderson, MaxMax Gunderson      United States
Midfielder King, BrendanBrendan King      United States
Goalkeeper Perales, DevinDevin Perales      United States
Midfielder Rozeboom, LanceLance Rozeboom      United States
Midfielder Yates, DrewDrew Yates      United States

Staff[edit]

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

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. ^ "Emergo Group Becomes Top Partner and Jersey Sponsor – Austin Aztex". Austinaztex.com. 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  8. ^ "2014 Roster". Wilmington Hammerheads FC. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 

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