Austin will climb ladder as fifth 2015 expansion team
[USL PRO] The PDL champion Austin Aztex will be moving up the ladder to USL PRO in 2015 as its 18th franchise -- and fifth expansion team for next season.
The current version of the Aztex joined the PDL in 2011. It won the 2013 PDL title in front of 4,253 fans at House Park. A former pro version of the Aztex competed in USL and the USSF D-2 Pro
League before relocating from Austin to Orlando in 2011 for the launch of USL PRO.
The Aztex are owned and operated by ATX Soccer LLC, which includes Chairman Rene van de Zande, President and CEO of Emergo Group, a leading medical device consultancy with offices in 25 countries. Additional partners include Austin-based Formula One
racing track Circuit of the Americas founder and chairman Bobby Epstein, Paul Thornton, president of TAG Presents,
Circuit of America’s events management company, and David Markley, VP of Technology Development for Fallbrook Technologies, the ATX Soccer founder.
“USL PRO is extremely pleased to welcome Austin, Texas, the fastest-growing city in the United States, to our league for the 2015 season,” USL CEO Alec Papadakis said. “Austin’s ownership group, under the leadership of Rene van de Zande, will offer the local fans a strong, dynamic sports and entertainment
The Aztex will join new teams in Colorado Springs, Louisville, St. Louis and Tulsa in USL PRO for 2015.
No comments yet.
|Recent Soccer America Daily D.C.'s Espindola shows off stuff, Timbers refuse to wilt Sept. 17, 1:38 a.m. |
[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Tuesday] D.C. United all but clinched a berth in the quarterfinals of the ... What They're Saying: Johan Cruyff Sept. 17, 1:21 a.m.
"No. Not much. We're both Dutch and that is always a [shared] basis. ... Van Gaal ... Olympiakos does a lot of things right Sept. 17, 1:05 a.m.
[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Tuesday] Making it back to the UEFA Champions League final after coming tantalizingly ... Sounders rally to snatch trophy from Union Sept. 17, 12:33 a.m.
[OPEN CUP: Final] The Philadelphia Union had the home-crowd advantage, and scored first with a goal ... New York City FC faces another tough stadium sell Sept. 17, 12:22 a.m.
[MLS EXPANSION] More than a year after efforts to secure a site for a soccer-specific stadium ... What They're Saying: Don Garber Sept. 16, 11:30 p.m.
"Bruce has the opportunity to be our Tom Landry, our Pat Riley, and he continually puts ... Orlando City keeps just six USL PRO players Sept. 16, 11:14 p.m.
[MLS EXPANSION] Deposed USL PRO champion Orlando City moved quickly to get about the task of ... Where to Watch European Soccer Sept. 16, 8:53 p.m.
The new European club season has started up. Here are places Soccer America readers recommend where ... Soccer America Women's Top 25 Sept. 16, 1:07 a.m.
[COLLEGE RANKINGS] UCLA remained No. 1 in the Soccer America Women's Top 25 rankings for a ... Soccer America Men's Top 25 Sept. 16, 1:05 a.m.
[COLLEGE RANKINGS] After a week during which five of the top 10 teams lost, North Carolina ... >> Soccer America Daily Archives