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Road Report: Dallas in CCL Round of 16

On Wednesday Chris G. road-tripped to Frisco to watch FC Dallas vs. Tauro FC in CONCACAF Champions League action.

The plan was to take a quick trip north, visit our favorite University of North Texas student, and have a pleasant evening watching my MLS team advance through the first knockout round of CONCACAF Champions League. Some of that plan worked out, and some of it didn’t.

With a rain forecast of 100% chance, my wife & daughter showed what fair-weather … Read the rest “Road Report: Dallas in CCL Round of 16”

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Austin Pro Soccer

My Stadium Pick: McKalla Place

by Lee Nichols

One of my favorite sayings is “the perfect is the enemy of the good.”

I usually apply it to politics, when I’m annoyed at those who demand ideological purity and refuse to consider a candidate who is actually electable.

I think it may apply to our Major League Soccer stadium search, as well.

On Tuesday, City of Austin staff released a map of public properties that might be used for the Columbus Crew if the team relocates … Read the rest “My Stadium Pick: McKalla Place”

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Austin Pro Soccer

A Suddenly Crowded Stadium Scene

Not long ago, supporters of professional soccer in Austin had little hope for a team, and certainly nothing tangible on the horizon. But as we near the end of 2017, the story of local pro soccer is riveting.

In addition to Bobby Epstein’s announcement that USL would return to our city in 2019, we have also had the seismic news that Anthony Precourt is considering relocating MLS’s Columbus Crew to Austin to begin play that very same year. We have … Read the rest “A Suddenly Crowded Stadium Scene”

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Austin Pro Soccer

Making a Case for Austin Soccer

There are a lot of great things about living in Austin. We could make our list of the top 10 things to do in the City of the Violet Crown, which would certainly be different from yours. You might choose the music scene, Spamarama, SXSW, Eeyore’s birthday party, or hiking and biking along the miles of trails in our green belts. However, supporting a local professional soccer team couldn’t be on either of our lists; we don’t have a team.… Read the rest “Making a Case for Austin Soccer”

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Austin Pro Soccer Supporters

Team Relocations Past & Future

The following is an editorial by Chris G.

You’ve heard the news that the owner of the Columbus Crew says he’s considering relocating that franchise to Austin after the 2018 season. You’ve followed all the opinions, arguments, thoughts, and feelings on forums and social media. You’ve read the latest newsletter from Eberly’s Army (because if you give a damn about soccer in Austin you’re at least on the mailing list of the oldest & best supporters’ group in town).

As … Read the rest “Team Relocations Past & Future”

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Austin Pro Soccer Supporters

Epstein: The Logic Behind a COTA Stadium

[Editor’s note: The following was originally submitted by Bobby Epstein, COTA chairman and majority owner of USL Austin, as a reply to Lee Nichols’ Why COTA Can Work and the comment thread there. With the author’s permission, we present it instead as a standalone post.]


After reading your thoughts about our efforts to bring professional soccer back to Austin, the responses to what you wrote and the various other opinions, I thought I’d give you some rationale behind the decisions.… Read the rest “Epstein: The Logic Behind a COTA Stadium”

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Austin Pro Soccer

Why COTA Can Work

[Editor’s note: it’s been a while since we’ve had much going on here on the Violet Crown Soccer Network. With confirmed news of a real-life pro team returning (eventually), we’re coming out of hibernation. First up: the following post by Lee Nichols, a rabid Austin soccer fan and former Aztex season ticket holder. If you’re interested in contributing, let us know!


By now, every soccer fan in Austin has surely seen the announcement that the United Soccer League (USL) … Read the rest “Why COTA Can Work”

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Around Texas

Four Texas Venues Named for 2017 Gold Cup

CONCACAF recently announced the dates and venues for the 2017 Gold Cup, and fans in Texas will have a variety of venues to pick from. Which teams teams will play where is not yet known, but venues include both MLS teams’ home fields (FC Dallas’ Toyota Stadium and Houston Dynamo’s BBVA Compass Stadium), the Alamodome in San Antonio, and AT&T Stadium (aka Cowboy Stadium, or Jerry World) in Arlington.

To date, seven national teams from the ultimate field of … Read the rest “Four Texas Venues Named for 2017 Gold Cup”

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Austin Pro Soccer

MLS Austin Market Survey

If you’re a regular reader of this site, you probably already received or heard about this: an organization called Barrett Sports Group has been retained by MLS to conduct a survey to evaluate potential support for major league soccer in Austin. It’s unclear where exactly they got the mailing list, or who is behind this effort, but hey, it’s more action than we’ve seen since the Aztex left the field last year.

If you haven’t filled it out yet, here’s Read the rest “MLS Austin Market Survey”

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Austin Pro Soccer

Statesman: Aztex Return Unlikely in 2017

Word came out first from Scratching the Pitch, after seeing information from the USL ahead of their annual summer meetings:

Though not explicitly stated, the proposal is a harbinger of another dormant season for the Austin Aztex, which suspended operations in 2016 to get its house in order. Thirty teams is one more than currently compete in the league. The much-hyped inclusion of Reno in the 2017 schedule would achieve the total of 30 teams, and would leave no

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