Our inaugural professional season has come to an end with an exciting 3-2 win against a fantastic Vancouver Whitecaps organization.
Let’s make no mistake about it, this was a tough year for Aztex fans with the extreme weather conditions resulting in us having to find a new home midway through the season, but you have stood by the team and travelled in your thousands up north to Kelly Reeves to cheer us on. On behalf of all the players and staff we would like to extend our heart felt thanks for making this inaugural year so special, under extremely difficult circumstances. You’re the best.
On the field it has been a huge success. After I returned to Austin from Salt Lake to lead the Aztex in our move up to the USL, which is rapidly growing and improving, our objective as an organization was to continue our ‘developmental philosophy,’ teaching top level, young players, to play the possession based, easy on the eye style of soccer that we executed with great success in the PDL, thus improving the player pool in the United States. This is in our DNA. We had some outstanding success with the improvement of our young players over the course of the season due to their hard work, dedication and desire to improve, but also due to the role the more experienced players played in mentoring, teaching and developing these young players. I fully expect to see some of these young stars moving on to higher levels in the not too distant future. Some players may have scored more goals or had more assists, but all players played equal parts in the success this year.
Not only did we have good players, we had great men who were proud to represent our community and have been true role models on and off the field. This is as together a locker room as I have experienced in my professional career. Lifetime friendships have been formed on and off the field.
Inaugural years are challenging at the best of times, so taking in to consideration everything we faced this year, I couldn’t be more proud of the players and all involved in the organization for the work that they put in.
I have no shame in admitting it has been a hard yet unbelievably rewarding year. We learned so much from the challenges we faced and, after a much needed break, we are all hungry to use our new found knowledge to continue to improve the organization and make your Austin Aztex the best Austin Aztex we can be.
We understand that once we step across that white line, we are representing the hopes and dreams of the city. We are the privileged few that get to live the dreams of the supporters that pay to watch us play, who sing and shout and proudly wear our jerseys. We embrace that responsibility and always try to play with the passion you would play with if representing our badge. I hope the team has made you proud this year and will work to continue to make you proud in the future.
Thank you for your support. We are your team.