The purpose of Violet Crown Soccer Network is to tell the stories of soccer in and around Austin, Texas. In doing so, we want to help the game grow in the Capital City. That includes:
- Austin Aztex – Austin’s only pro sports team, and a storied one, even if the history is brief. We’ve been following since 2008 and will continue to follow the game-in, game-out action, as well as the details off the pitch as Austin strives to become an MLS city.
- Around Texas – Beyond the borders of our fair city lies even more soccer: MLS, NASL, and NWSL pro teams, plus international games & club friendlies.
- Supporters – As many people as there are who play, even more love to watch, and cheer, and stand with their team. If you are an Austin-based supporters group or looking to start a new group, please reach out to us, be a part of the network and let us help you tell your story.
- Rec, Select, & School – From select academies and recreational leagues (both kids’ and adults’), to high school and college games, there’s a lot of soccer happening all over town.
If you know about or are involved in any of those areas, we’d be happy to hear from you. Use the form below to send us links, announcements, corrections, feedback, beer, pictures, or your own stories.
Jeff & Chris
About the Name
Wondering about the name “Violet Crown”? From the Austin History Center:
What’s the origin of the term “City of the Violet Crown” referring to Austin? Did it really originate with O. Henry?
The earliest mention the Austin History Center has found is from an article published in the Austin Daily Statesman on Wednesday, August 8, 1894. The article, “The Rest of the News,” begins: “May 5,1890, was a memorable day in Austin. It was memorable for the reason that on that day the citizens of the City of the Violet Crown voted to build a granite dam across the Colorado River …”
For a long time, it was believed that the first published use of the phrase is found in O. Henry’s short story “Tictocq” in the Rolling Stones collection of O. Henry short stories. It was originally published in his local newspaper The Rolling Stone on October 27, 1894.
The phrase is used in Chapter Two: “The drawing-rooms of one of the most magnificent private residences in Austin are a blaze of lights. Carriages line the streets in front, and from gate to doorway is spread a velvet carpet, on which the delicate feet of the guests may tread. The occasion is the entre into society of one of the fairest buds in the City of the Violet Crown.”