The Austin Aztex are Austin’s professional soccer team.
The Aztex will compete in USL after finishing a three year campaign in USL PDL as the most successful franchise, with a 31-7-6 record in that timespan. The vision of the Aztex is to bring Major League Soccer to the nation’s largest city without a major league sports franchise.
The organization was originally founded in 2011 in the USL PDL, to reestablish a team in Austin after the original Aztex team moved to Orlando. The team plays an exciting brand of soccer featuring elite local and national players. In all three years in USL PDL, the Aztex advanced to the Southern Conference Championship Game and had 13 players selected in the three previous MLS SuperDrafts.
The 2013 season culminated to the PDL Championship game, in which the Aztex defeated the Thunder Bay Chill in front of 4,253 fans at House Park. The Aztex finished the 2013 season with one of the top records in the league as well as individual accolades, including Coach of the Year (Paul Dalglish), PDL Most Valuable Player (Kris Tyrpak), and PDL Championship MVP (Sito Seoane). The Aztex finished the 2013 campaign with five consecutive single-game attendance records and were among the top ten highest-drawing teams in the league.
A priority the Aztex is also to develop players who will be promoted to higher levels of the sport. While the Aztex field a team that can compete for championships, it is also a priority to cultivate player talent by providing an experienced coaching staff, a professional environment, and high-level competition. To that instance the Aztex have a MLS affiliation with Columbus Crew SC, a cooperative agreement with Brazil’s Coritiba FC, and have partnered with Austin’s Lonestar SC with a focus on the USSF Development Academy.
The franchise is owned and operated by ATX SOCCER LLC, chaired by Rene Van De Zande, President and CEO of Emergo Group, team founder David Markley, VP of Technology Development for Fallbrook Technologies, Bobby Epstein of Prophet Capital, and Paul Thornton of TAG Touring.
Austin Aztex Mission Statement
The Austin Aztex are committed to being Austin’s professional soccer team, while providing a winning and entertaining style of soccer. We will represent Austin by building strong local partnerships, developing local players, and serving as a resource to the local soccer community.
Provide High-Level Soccer to the Austin Area: The Aztex endeavor to provide local soccer fans with quality soccer entertainment through our own games and by supporting exhibition matches featuring professional teams from other leagues. A supporting goal is to provide financial stability to ensure a long term presence in the Austin community. With this in mind, the franchise will focus on building a strong foundation within the local business community and with soccer supporters groups. We will also work with community leaders to be a catalyst for a soccer specific stadium, but first we will establish the economic viability of our franchise to support this future goal.
Develop Elite Players and Prepare Them to Play at the Next Level: A priority for any minor-league franchise is to develop players who will be promoted to higher levels of the sport. While we will field a team that can compete for championships, it is more important to cultivate their talent by providing an experienced coaching staff, a professional environment, and high-level competition.
Serve as a Resource within the Austin Soccer Community: As Austin’s soccer team, the Aztex intend to support youth clubs, school and university teams, and adult leagues by offering additional programs. Initial services include providing clinics for high school coaches, partnering with referees to provide training for high-level matches, and working with our medical partners to educate coaches and participants on sports medicine. Long term goals include leveraging our position to support the development of additional soccer fields and provide opportunities for participants that face economic challenges.
Develop Strong Local Partnerships: The Aztex will conduct business operations in a professional manner to foster long-term relationships with businesses and organizations. It is our desire to partner with Austin-owned businesses as sponsors, and buy locally for our organization when possible.