Austin Lone Stars

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The Austin Lone Stars were a soccer club that competed in the SISL, USISL and United Soccer Leagues from 1987 to 2000. The club originally started in 1987/88 as the Austin Sockadillos in the original indoor SISL league. They became the Austin Lone Stars in 1994.

History[edit]

In 1987, Fernando Marcos established the Austin Sockadillos. Coached by Tony Simoes and assisted by Wolfgang Suhnholz, the team played in the Southwest Indoor Soccer League (SISL). During the 1988-1989 season, they played their home games at Tatu's All Star Indoor Soccer Place.[1] The league ran two outdoor seasons, but in 1989, introduced a summer outdoor season as well. During the 1989 outdoor season, the league was known as the Southwest Outdoor Soccer League and the team was known as the Capital Sockadillos It played its home games at a variety of venues including Burger Center, Nelson Field, and House Park.[2] During the 1989 indoor season, the Sockadillos finished runner up to the Lubbock Lazers, but garnered multiple post-season honors,including MPV and league leading scorer (71 goals) Brian Monaghan, assist leader Uwe Balzis and Coach of the Year Tony Simoes.[3] This year, Saeed Kadkhodaian also became team owner and Suhnholz replaced Simoes as head coach. Kadkhodaian had played for the team in its first few seasons. He had also held several positions in the team management. In 1990 Kadkhodaian leased the club to the Austin Capital Soccer Club.[4] In March 1994, the team was renamed the Lone Stars and Suhnholz returned as head coach. By this time, the team was co-owned by Kadkhodaian and Rick Schram.[5] In February 1997, the Lone Stars became a fully professional team.[6]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs Open Cup
1987/88 N/A SISL Indoor 3rd Final N/A
1988/89 N/A SISL Indoor 1st, South Final N/A
1989 N/A SOSL 4th Did not qualify Did not enter
1989/90 N/A SISL Indoor 2nd, Texas 1st Round N/A
1990 N/A SISL 2nd, Eastern Semifinals Did not enter
1990/91 N/A SISL Indoor 2nd, Southwest Quarterfinals N/A
1991 N/A SISL 6th, Tex-Oma Did not qualify Did not enter
1991/92 N/A USISL Indoor 6th, Tex-Oma Did not qualify N/A
1992 N/A USISL 5th, South Central Did not qualify Did not enter
1993 N/A USISL 5th, South Central Did not qualify Did not enter
1994 3 USISL 5th, South Central Divisional Finals Did not enter
1995 "4" USISL Premier League 2nd, Central Divisional Semifinals Did not qualify
1996 "4" USISL Premier League 1st, Central Southern Division Finals Did not qualify
1997 3 USISL D-3 Pro League 2nd, South Central Division Semifinals 2nd Round
1998 3 USISL D-3 Pro League 1st, South Central Semifinals 2nd Round
1999 3 USL D-3 Pro League 5th, Western Conference Semifinals 1st Round
2000 3 USL D-3 Pro League 8th, Southern Did not qualify Did not qualify

Head coach[edit]

Honors[edit]

MVP

Leading scorer

Rookie of the Year

  • Steve Bailey (1987-1988)[7]

Coach of the Year

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hungry for crown - Sockadillos hoping this will be season to win elusive title Austin American-Statesman - Friday, November 17, 1989
  2. ^ Outdoor play could lead to bigger things Austin American-Statesman - Thursday, May 25, 1989
  3. ^ The Year in American Soccer - 1989
  4. ^ Sockadillos' coach sees brighter future Austin American-Statesman - Saturday, May 19, 1990
  5. ^ Briefs Austin American-Statesman - Thursday, March 17, 1994
  6. ^ Lone Stars ready to shine at pro soccer Austin American-Statesman (TX) - Tuesday, February 25, 1997
  7. ^ The Year in American Soccer - 1988