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 Rene van de Zande
David Markley
Head Coach Paul Dalglish
League USL
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 United Soccer League, 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 SC

In September 2011, Markley announced plans to create a new Austin Aztex team which would compete in the 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]

In preparation for the move to USL Pro, the Aztex introduced a new logo and affiliated with the Columbus Crew SC, an MLS club which had also recently undergone a logo change.

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, served as the team's jersey sponsor from 2012 through 2014.[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 March 11, 2015 [8]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Perales, DevinDevin Perales      United States
2 Defender Roushandel, RyanRyan Roushandel      United States
3 Defender Ambrose, MikeyMikey Ambrose      United States
4 Defender Cruz, LeoneLeone Cruz      United States
5 Defender Golden, TravisTravis Golden      United States
6 Defender Hoffer, KyleKyle Hoffer      United States
8 Midfielder Cuero, AndresAndres Cuero      United States
9 Midfielder Gall, RomainRomain Gall (on loan from Columbus Crew SC)     United States
10 Midfielder Gyorio, MozziMozzi Gyorio      Canada
11 Midfielder Mulamba, GregoryGregory Mulamba      South Africa
12 Midfielder Yates, DrewDrew Yates      United States
14 Defender Fekete, BrianBrian Fekete      United States
15 Forward Taylor, BryceBryce Taylor      United States
16 Midfielder Rocha, TonyTony Rocha      United States
17 Midfielder King, BrendanBrendan King      United States
18 Forward Tyrpak, KrisKris Tyrpak      United States
19 Defender Gunderson, MaxMax Gunderson      United States
20 Forward Touray, SaineySainey Touray      Gambia
21 Forward Caesar, TrevinTrevin Caesar      Trinidad and Tobago
23 Midfielder Guaraci, Guaraci      Brazil
25 Midfielder Rozeboom, LanceLance Rozeboom      United States
66 Goalkeeper Laurendi, CodyCody Laurendi      United States
77 Defender Timbó, FernandoFernando Timbó      Brazil

Staff[edit]

  • Scotland Paul DalglishHead Coach
  • Mexico Manuel Buentello – Assistant Coach

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup Average Attendance
2012 4 USL PDL 2nd, Mid-South Conference Finals Did not qualify N/A
2013 4 USL PDL 1st, Mid-South Champions 2R N/A
2014 4 USL PDL 1st, Mid-South Conference Finals 2R N/A
2015 3 USL TBD TBD 4R 2,725

Honors[edit]

USL PDL

  • Mid-South Division Champions: 2013, 2014
  • 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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