Texas United

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Texas United
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Full nameTexas United Football Club
Nickname(s)Texans, Los Tejanos
Founded2017; 2 years ago (2017)
StadiumAirHogs Stadium
Grand Prairie, Texas
Capacity5,500
OwnerNeltex Sports Group, LLC
PresidentChristie Nelson
Head CoachArez Ardalani
LeagueUSL League Two
20195th, Mid South Division
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website

Texas United is an American soccer club, founded in 2017, competing in the USL League Two.,[1][2] the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. The club plays its home games at AirHogs Stadium a professional minor league baseball stadium in Grand Prairie, TX. The club's colors are red, blue and white.

In March 2017, it was announced that the club had been granted a franchise license for the Premier Development League, to operate in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex area.

The team is owned by Neltex Sports Group who are also owners of the Texas Airhogs and co-owners of the NBA G-League franchise the Texas Legends.[3]

History[edit]

2017 Season[edit]

The club was founded in March 2017 and announced Ryan Higginbotham as the club's inaugural head coach. The Texans finished the season with a respectful 5-8-1.

2018 Season[edit]

In January 2018 Neltex Sports Group hired Arez Ardalani as the new head coach of Texas United. Signings of new players saw plenty of FC Dallas college based players added to the roster.[4] The Texans started the season very strong with a 5-0 victory against FC Cleburne at home and a 3-2 victory against OKC Energy U23 away. After multiple away games and a tough schedule the Texans were able to set the franchise record at 5-6-3, with multiple team and individual honors. As a result of the successful season many players were invited to or signed professional contracts with USL organizations such as Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC[5] and North Texas SC.[6]

2019 Season[edit]

Texas United started its 2019 season with early spring exhibitions against USL Championship clubs such as El Paso Locomotive FC,[7] OKC Energy, and Swope Park Rangers.[8] After the spring season Texas United moved forward with signing multiple trialist that impressed during the exhibition matches.[9] The club had its 2019 season opener against Houston Dynamo USL 2 franchise Brazos Valley Cavalry FC.[10]

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of August 8, 2018
No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Ben Hale  United States
2 Defender Patricio Garcia  United States
3 Defender Matthew Constant  United States
5 Defender Jared Rice  United States
6 Defender Brandon Terwege  United States
7 Midfielder Giovanni Montesdeoca  United States
9 Forward Nicky Hernandez  United States
10 Midfielder Ivan Alvarado  United States
11 Midfielder Jorge Barrientos  United States
12 Midfielder Caleb Smith  United States
14 Goalkeeper Hunter Harrison  United States
15 Midfielder Paul Goresh  United States
16 Forward Alejandro Radilla  United States
17 Forward Riley Unger  United States
18 Midfielder Kyle Davis  United States
19 Midfielder Riley Cooper  United States
21 Midfielder David Lozano  United States
22 Forward Austin Michaelis  United States
23 Defender Garrett Scott  United States
30 Goalkeeper Nick Malvezzi  United States

Team management[edit]

Coaching staff
Head Coach & Technical Director Arez Ardalani
Assistant Coach Octavio Sanchez
  • Last updated: 9 August 2018
  • Source: [1]

Record[edit]

Year–by–year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2017 4 USL PDL 4th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify
2018 4 USL PDL 5th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify
2019 4 USL League Two 5th, Mid South Did not qualify Did not qualify

Head coaches[edit]

  • Includes USL League 2 Regular season, USL League 2 Play-offs and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Coach Nationality Start End Games Win Loss Draw Win %
Ryan Higginbotham  United States March 20, 2017 August 5, 2017 14 5 8 1 035.71
Arez Ardalani  United States January 22, 2018 present 28 8 16 4 028.57

Stadium[edit]

The club plays in AirHogs Stadium, a baseball park that is also the home field for the Texas AirHogs of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. The venue features a 17,000 square-foot Wide World of Parks Kids Zone, restaurant/sports bar, cigar bar and swimming pool. It seats 5,500 and offers 13 luxury suites.[11]

The facility has housed a number of minor league franchises, college sporting events and concerts such as the Dallas Desire, NJCAA College Baseball, High school Baseball, WAC Baseball Tournament and the NCAA Division II Baseball World Series in 2017.

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