Rio Grande Valley FC Toros

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Rio Grande Valley FC
Rio Grande Valley FC logo.svg
Full nameRio Grande Valley
Football Club
Nickname(s)Toros, RGVFC
FoundedJuly 15, 2015; 5 years ago (2015-07-15)
StadiumH-E-B Park
Edinburg, Texas
Capacity9,735
OwnerRio Grande Valley Vipers
Head coachWilmer Cabrera
LeagueUSL Championship
201912th, Western Conference
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Rio Grande Valley FC, also known as RGVFC or Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, is an American professional soccer team based in Edinburg, Texas operated by Lone Star, LLC. They joined the USL Championship in the 2016 season. Robert Richardson was recently appointed Chairman as he acquired 69% of shares of the football club, making him majority shareholder.

The team served as a hybrid affiliate of the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer.[1] Chris Canetti, Houston Dynamo president, called the relationship "an important and necessary step." The hybrid affiliation, a first for the USL, means that the Dynamo will be responsible for the soccer operation of the club, selecting players and coaching staff. The ownership group, Lone Star, will be responsible for operations and day-to-day management of the club.[1][2]

History[edit]

In September 2014, Dynamo officials met with USL officials about creating a USL team and announced their intention to have a USL team in place for the 2016 season.[3][4]

In March 2015, Bert Garcia announced that the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-league had been awarded a franchise pending concrete plans for a stadium and a name[5] and confirmed a report[6] on MLSSoccer.com that the Houston Dynamo would likely be the MLS affiliate for the USL team in the Rio Grande Valley.

In December 2015, the Houston Dynamo signed Dynamo Academy product Charly Flores as the first player of the Toros.

In December 2020, RGV FC Toros separated from the Houston Dynamo and became independent.

Record[edit]

Year–by–year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season W-T-L Playoffs Avg. Attendance
2016 3 USL 2nd, Western: 14–9–7 Conference Quarterfinals 1,994
2017 2 USL 11th, Western: 9–8–15 Did not qualify 7,067
2018 2 USL 13th, Western: 8–14–12 Did not qualify 4,650
2019 2 USLC 13th, Western: 11–8–15 Did not qualify 3,812
2020 2 USLC 13th, Western: 0–3–9 Did not qualify N/A


Head coaches[edit]

  • Includes USL Regular season, USL Play-offs and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Coach Nationality Start End Games Win Loss Draw Win %
Wilmer Cabrera  Colombia December 2, 2015 October 28, 2016 31 14 8 9 045.16
Junior Gonzalez  United States December 15, 2016 November 8, 2017 32 9 15 8 028.13
Gerson Echeverry  United States December 6, 2017 November 6, 2020 80 19 36 25 023.75
Wilmer Cabrera  Colombia February 11, 2021 0 0 0 0 !

Stadium[edit]

The club has a 9,400-seat soccer-specific stadium in Edinburg, Texas for the team. It was set to open after the Toros played three games at the soccer complex at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to start the 2016 USL Season.[7]

The stadium was never completed for play in 2016. Construction of the H-E-B Park was completed during the first quarter of 2017 and the Toros played C.F. Monterrey from Mexico on March 22, 2017 to inaugurate their new stadium.[8] The Toros lost their exhibition match against Rayados 0–3.[9] The Toros won their first home game at H-E-B Park on April 12, 2017 against the Colorado Springs Switchbacks. Their current home record attendance is 7,820 which was set on April 29, 2017 against the Oklahoma City Energy.[10]

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of April 30, 2021[11]
No. Pos. Player Nation
1 GK Tyler Deric  United States
2 DF Carter Manley  United States
3 MF Grant Robinson  United States
4 DF Erik Pimentel  Mexico
5 MF Juan David Cabezas  Colombia
6 MF James Murphy  United States
8 MF Rodrigo López  United States
9 FW Elvis Amoh  Ghana
11 FW Vicente Sánchez  Uruguay
12 GK Colin Miller  United States
14 MF Baboucarr Njie  Gambia
15 DF Adrián Diz Pe  Cuba
16 MF Camden Riley  United States
17 FW Kyle Edwards  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
18 MF Adrian Vera  United States
20 MF Christian Sorto  El Salvador
21 MF Wan Kuzain  United States
24 FW Alexis Cerritos  El Salvador
25 MF Juan Carlos Azócar (on loan from Deportivo La Guaira)  Venezuela
26 MF Josue Soto  United States
28 DF Diego Rocha  United States
MF John Henry Sánchez  Colombia
  1. ^
    Signed to first team contract with MLS affiliate Houston Dynamo.
  2. ^
    Houston Dynamo academy player.

Out on loan[edit]

No. Pos. Player Nation
22 MF Kembo Kibato (at FC Tulsa)  Canada

Staff[edit]

Colombia Wílmer CabreraHead Coach/Sporting Director
United States Gerson EcheverryAssistant Coach
Colombia Rafael AmayaAssistant Coach
Mexico Arturo Sanchez – Goalkeeper Coach
Venezuela Juan Andrés Vásquez – Video Analyst

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Houston Dynamo reach affiliate agreement to start USL club: "It’s an important and necessary step", MLSoccer.com, July 15, 2015
  2. ^ RGVFC awarded the USL's newest franchise, Houston Dyanamo, July 15, 2015
  3. ^ Houston Dynamo brass meet with representatives in McAllen, Texas, about creating USL PRO team, MLSSoccer.com, September 9, 2014.
  4. ^ Houston Dynamo GM: McAllen One of Many Possible Locations for USL-Pro Team, PlayingFor90.com, September 14, 2014
  5. ^ USL PRO awards Vipers professional soccer franchise, The Monitor, March 30, 2015
  6. ^ Lovell, Darrell (March 24, 2015), Houston Dynamo partnering with NBA D-League franchise to form USL team for 2016 season, MLSsoccer.com
  7. ^ USL soccer stadium to be completed by March (Press Release), Action 4 News, August 11, 2015.
  8. ^ RGV FC Toros Take on C.F. Monterrey at H-E-B Park’s Inauguration Game (Press Release), RGVFC, February 13, 2017.
  9. ^ RGV FC Toros open H-E-B Park with exhibition loss to C.F. Monterrey Rayados (News), The Monitor, March 22, 2017.
  10. ^ "Rio Grande Valley FC Home | uslsoccer.com". www.uslsoccer.com. Retrieved 2018-06-03.
  11. ^ "Roster". rgvfc.com. Retrieved March 24, 2021.

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