Fort Worth Vaqueros FC

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Full nameFort Worth Vaqueros FC
Founded2013; 6 years ago (2013)
StadiumFarrington Field
Fort Worth, Texas
OwnerPlaybook Management International LLC
Head CoachNick Stavrou
LeagueNational Premier Soccer League
WebsiteClub website

Fort Worth Vaqueros FC is an American amateur soccer club based in Fort Worth, Texas, which began play in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) in May 2014.[1][2] The Vaqueros play in the Lone Star Conference of the South Region.[3][4] The club is based at Farrington Field, a facility owned by the Fort Worth Independent School District. The team's name was announced at the Fort Worth Livestock Exchange Building on February 13, 2014, after a name the team contest.[5][6][7] The team's official logo was selected by the fans then revealed by the team on March 20, 2014.[8] The team played its inaugural 2014 season at historic LaGrave Field but had to relocate in 2015 after the Fort Worth Cats, from whom the Vaqueros had been subletting the field, lost their lease.[9] The team played at Texas Wesleyan University's Martin Field for the next 3 seasons (2015–2017). Beginning in 2018, the Vaqueros will play at FWISD Farrington Field.


Year League Record (W-L-T) Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2014 NPSL 2–7–1 7th, South Central Did not qualify Did not qualify
2015 NPSL 3–6–5 6th, South Central Did not qualify Did not qualify
2016 NPSL 1–10–1 11th, South Central Did not qualify Did not qualify
2017 NPSL 7–3–1 1st, Lone Star Conference Semifinals Did not qualify
2018 NPSL 7–3–2 4th, Lone Star Conference Semifinals First round
2019 NPSL 8–2–4 3rd, Lone Star Conference Champions Did not qualify


  • Lone Star Conference Championship (1): 2019

Club culture[edit]


Playing at the historic LaGrave Field, the Vaqueros welcomed 2,700 fans to their first home game and enjoyed an average attendance of 2,000 fans during the 2014 season.[10] The main supporters group for the Vaqueros is named The Panther City Hellfire, a name taken from a historic Fort Worth nickname.

The Vaqueros have a close connection with their fans, involving them in the evolution and growth of the club. When the team was first created and needed a name and logo, the club allowed the fan community to create, submit and vote on what both of these aspects would look like. Many names were submitted, but the final decision was between Fort Worth United, Fort Worth Vaqueros FC and Panther City FC, with Fort Worth Vaqueros FC ultimately being selected. Vaqueros season ticket holders do not receive paper tickets to the games, but instead receive a free team jersey that they wear to each game as their ticket into the game.[11] The club supporters come mainly from the city of Fort Worth and the surrounding Metroplex communities.


When the Vaqueros first entered the NPSL, they had an instant rival in Dallas City FC. With the teams in close proximity to each other in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, there is a natural rivalry between the two clubs. In addition to their conference play, the Vaqueros play a two leg cup series against Dallas City. The name of this cup was selected by the both teams' fans, from the DFW area through social media.[12] The Vaqueros lost the first Trinity River Cup to Dallas City FC in 2014, suffering a 2–0 loss in the first leg and a 1–0 loss in the second leg.[13]

Beginning in 2016, the Vaqueros began a two-leg (non-league) series with Shreveport Rafters FC, called the Texas Trail Classic. Shreveport won the inaugural cup.

In 2019, the Chisholm Trail Clásico began, pitting the Vaqueros against the Denton Diablos.

Kit manufacturers and sponsorships[edit]

Year Kit manufacturer Sponsor
2014 Germany Puma Hispano Exito[14]
2015 Tarrant County College[15]
2016 United States UN1TUS Chimera Brewing Company[16]
2017 Zadeh Law Firm
2018 Germany Puma Fort Worth Weekly[17]
2019 Pinnacle Bank


Coaching staff[edit]

Youth Academy


Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Caleb Underwood
3 United States DF Daniel McQuaid
4 Cameroon FW Hilton Ngwa
5 United States DF Enoch Shipman
6 United States Virgin Islands MF Tyler Humphrey
7 Mexico MF Damian Rosales
8 Mexico MF Joshua Hernandez
9 United States MF Austin Stewart
10 United States MF Ricardo Mejia
No. Position Player
11 Philippines FW Nestor Martinez
12 Serbia MF Dalibor Golubovic
13 Mexico DF Jamie Benitez
14 United States MF Corwin Carbonell
15 United States Jonathan Tiggs
16 Philippines MF Joseph Cervantes
17 Spain MF Edgar Torres
18 Philippines GK Arturo Sanchez
19 United States DF Zachary Adler


On January 1, 2015, Vaqueros owner Michael Hitchcock and the newly formed Legend Football Partners acquired a significant interest in English soccer club Alfreton Town F.C. From this acquisition, Fort Worth Vaqueros formed a partnership with the English club, creating an avenue for player sharing, cross marketing, international matches and preseason training in both countries. "This move automatically makes the Vaqueros a stronger organization through the benefits of sharing players, training techniques, matches and the collaboration of ideas from two different soccer nations," said Hitchcock.[18]

In August 2015, Hitchock's Playbook Management International expanded the Vaqueros family ties by acquiring a stake in Tobago FC Phoenix 1976.[19]


  1. ^ Welpton, Peter (February 6, 2014). "Are you aware Ft Worth is getting a soccer team?". The Dallas Morning News. Dallas, TX: A. H. Belo. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  2. ^ Nishimura, Scott (March 14, 2014). "Goal! Vaqueros set for May soccer debut at LaGrave Field". Fort Worth Business Press. Fort Worth, TX. Retrieved March 15, 2014.
  3. ^ "Fort Worth's Minor League Soccer Team to Begin Play May 9" (PDF) (Press release). Fort Worth Vaqueros. January 27, 2014. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  4. ^ Dickson, Gordon (March 2, 2014). "New Fort Worth Vaqueros soccer club aiming to connect with community". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Fort Worth, TX: The McClatchy Company. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  5. ^ Hunt, Steve (February 13, 2014). "Vaqueros FC makes strong initial impression". The Dallas Morning News. Dallas, TX: A. H. Belo. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  6. ^ "Fans select Vaqueros as name of Fort Worth's new minor league soccer team" (PDF) (Press release). Fort Worth Vaqueros. February 13, 2014. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  7. ^ "Seleccionan nombre de 'Vaqueros' para equipo de fútbol". Diario La Estrella (in Spanish). Fort Worth, TX: The McClatchy Company. February 13, 2014. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  8. ^ Welpton, Peter (March 3, 2014). "With name picked, Ft. Worth Vaqueros need a logo". The Dallas Morning News. Dallas, TX: A. H. Belo. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  9. ^ Dickson, Gordon (April 14, 2015). "Fort Worth Vaqueros moving home soccer games to Texas Wesleyan University". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Fort Worth, TX: The McClatchy Company. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  10. ^ Kost, Kenneth; Prince, Jeff (July 9, 2014). "Take Me Out to the Soccer Match". Fort Worth Weekly. Fort Worth, TX. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
  11. ^ "About Us". Fort Worth Vaqueros FC. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
  12. ^ Welpton, Peter (May 24, 2014). "Dallas vs Ft Worth – a new rivalry begins". Dallas Morning News. Dallas, TX. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
  13. ^ "Vaqueros Surrender Trinity River Cup to Dallas City FC". Fort Worth Vaqueros FC. June 8, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
  14. ^ "Fort Worth Vaqueros jersey will sport a charity". Dallas Morning News. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  15. ^ "TARRANT COUNTY COLLEGE TO ADORN VAQUEROS JERSEY FRONT IN 2015". NPSL. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  16. ^ "Vaqueros Will Sport New Look This Season". Fort Worth Weekly. 29 March 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  17. ^ "Sports Rush: A New Look for the Vaqueros". Fort Worth Weekly. 6 April 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  18. ^ "Vaqueros Owner Purchases Interest in England's Alfreton Town FC". Fort Worth Vaqueros FC. January 1, 2015. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
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