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Third round of the US Open Cup has MLS seeing red

July 2, 2008

So the third round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup was completed over the weekend it was quite the upset special.  I don’t know what to think about the MLS teams going down so early.  Cleary the US Open Cup is not anything compared to the FA Cup but it is our nations national championship.  Shouldn’t the MLS make a better showing?

Is it because they are not playing their starters?

Let’s compare the rosters of the Red Bulls vs. Crystal Palace game with the roster from the previous MLS match (vs Chivas). Bold players played in both matches.

6/29 vs Chivas

Jon Conway
Hunter Freeman
Jeff Parke
Andrew Boyens
Kevin Goldthwaite
Carlos Mendes
Dane Richards
Seth Stammler (Luke Sassano 80)
Dave van den Bergh
Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Mike Magee 60)
John Wolyniec (Oscar Echeverry 54)

7/01 vs Crystal Palace Baltimore

Zach Thornton
Chris Leitch (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 46)
Kevin Goldthwaite
Carlos Mendes
Jeff Parke
John Gilkerson (Andrew Boyens 46)
Luke Sassano
Gordon Kljestan (John Wolyniec 46)
Mike Magee
Danleigh Borman (David Roth 63)
Chris Megaloudis

Cleary the MLS is not taking the US Open Cup very seriously….but, when you are traveling to a stadium that seats 2,000……how can you.  All that this shows is that it is a really great time to be a soccer fan in the US.  No, the MLS is not the best league in the world.  It is not even sniffing the top 10.  However, I bet in 10 – 20 years time you won’t we able to see top flight soccer in a US Open Cup match with just 1,653 other people.

Stay tuned for the quarterfinals….it’s heating up now!

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Austin Soccer Photos

June 20, 2008

So I have tons of photos from the World Cup 2006, Dallas Cups, AMSA games, Austin Aztex games and more.  I have always wanted to share these photos but never had the time to do so.  I used to have a personal site that I used from my family but I never had the time to build the features that I wanted.  I have scrapped the old site and set up a Flickr group for everyone to contribute to.  Check it out:

Austin Soccer Photos

Please upload your photos.  This group will be member moderated so come on guys and gals….let’s upload only relevant photos.

Summer Season kicks off June 1

April 23, 2008

If you are interested in playing soccer this summer registration has active. The fee for the summer is $400. While the summer does not count or carry as much weight as the full fall/spring season, it is a chance to get out, stay in shape and enjoy the beautiful game.

Please visit the official website for the Austin Men’s Soccer Association for more information and to register online.

If you are looking for a team and would like to have a captains list emailed to you please contact me and let me know which division you are interested in.

See you on the pitch….

Dallas Cup XXIX Kicks Off March 16

February 21, 2008

Stay tuned. This is the third year in a row that AustinSoccer.com will be visiting the Dallas Cup. This year should be just as exciting as previous years as some of the top clubs in the world are sending their best youth teams to compete in one of the most respected youth soccer tournaments in the world.

The schedule of events for the opening day are below.
3:00pm- Super Group (U19) Game
Sao Paulo FC (Sao Paulo, Brazil) vs. Andromeda SC (Dallas, Texas USA)

5:00pm- Opening Ceremony

7:00pm- Super Group (U19) Game
Liverpool FC (Liverpool, England) vs. FK Slavija (Sarajevo, Bosnia/Herzegovina)

Please check back for photos, videos and more.

Austin Aztex announce coaching hire

February 21, 2008

Austin Aztex Soccer Club today announced the appointment of Adrian Heath as Head Coach.

Heath has an outstanding track record in the game both as a player and as a Coach. He played professionally in Europe for over eighteen years, beginning his career with his hometown club Stoke City before moving onto play for Everton, Espanyol, Aston Villa & Manchester City. At Everton, Heath won two League Championships, the F.A. Cup and European Cup Winners Cup in a six year span; his performances for the club earned him a place in the Everton Hall of Fame.

Heath played for two seasons in Spain with Espanyol before returning to English soccer with Aston Villa and then Manchester City. He finished his playing career with Burnley.

After an illustrious playing career Heath turned his skills and attention to Coaching. He has Coached and been an Assistant Coach for more than twelve years, working at the likes of Sunderland AFC, Leeds United, Everton & Coventry City. He currently holds the highest available Coaching qualification, the UEFA Pro License.

Click here to view the full press release.

AMSA Spring Season underway

February 15, 2008

The spring season for the Austin Men’s Soccer Association is under way. Games for the Austin Fall Cup and Presidents Cup are this weekend. All games are at the Onion Creek Soccer Complex.

If you are interested in playing but haven’t found a team yet, please feel free to contact me. I’ll work with you to find a team that is a good fit.

See you on the pitch!

Welcome the Austin Aztex

February 15, 2008

I have been meaning to blog about this for a while but just have not been able to find the time…

Please join me in welcoming the Austin Aztex to Austin. The Aztex will start play in 2009. However, they will be holding tryouts for their U23 team soon. I am very excited about the prospect of professional soccer in Austin. It should be a great fit for the city. Although I’m not completely jazzed about the name (were there Aztecs anywhere close to Austin…no.) the thought of being able to attend some professional games in the future is wonderful. Just think we may get to see some of the “big boys” down here in the hill country come US Open Cup time!

I have been in touch with the owner of the team and he is going to keep me in the loop with any upcoming press releases. Check AustinSoccer.com for more information in the future.