Aztex to Host MLS Pre-season Tourney

Major League Soccer is coming to Austin as the Austin Aztex present the inaugural ATX Pro Challenge, a four team competition bracket.

The tournament will be held Friday, February 13 through Sunday, February 15, 2015 at University of Texas at Austin’s Mike A. Myers Stadium and will feature three MLS teams. Continue reading

Dalglish to Depart Aztex, Lonestar

Contribution from Austin Aztex Media Relations and Lonestar Soccer Club

AUSTIN, Texas (January 8, 2014)  — The Austin Aztex announced today that Paul Dalglish will join the coaching staff of Major League Soccer club Real Salt Lake, winners of the 2009 MLS Cup and finalists in 2013. Dalglish will serve as an assistant coach under new head coach, Jeff Cassar.  Dalglish also served as a coach for the Lonestar Soccer Club.

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Three Aztex Taken in First Round of MLS Superdraft

Three Austin Aztex Players Drafted Early in First Round of 2013 MLS SuperDraft
Kekuta Manneh taken with 4th overall selection by the Vancouver Whitecaps
AUSTIN, Texas (Jan. 17, 2012) — The Austin Aztex had three players selected within the first 11 picks during the first round of the 2013 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, which was held on Thursday, Jan. 17 in Indianapolis. Kekuta Manneh, Blake Smith, and Dillon Powers were drafted during the first round and represent the first players from the current Austin Aztex squad to make it to MLS.

“A primary purpose of the Aztex is to develop players for the next level,” said Aztex Director of Operations Ric Granryd. “To have three players drafted in the top 11, who have represented our club in our first year, is an extraordinary privilege.”

Manneh, the 18-year-old Lake Travis High School student, was chosen by the Vancouver Whitecaps with the fourth overall pick. Manneh stood out last year as a 17-year-old forward who scored 10 goals in the regular season for the Austin Aztex. Manneh earned a spot on the PDL Southern All-Conference team and was the first forward selected in the draft.

Smith was chosen by the Montreal Impact with the 8th overall pick. He joined the Austin Aztex and immediately added an extra scoring threat to head coach Paul Dalglish’s attacking system. The dangerous forward scored in the top five of every skill test during the 2013 MLS Combine. Smith, a native of Boerne, Texas, played four years at the University of New Mexico.

Powers, a central midfielder, was chosen by the Colorado Rapids with the 11th overall pick. The midfielder played all four years at the University of Notre Dame and was a two-time team captain for the Fighting Irish. In two games for the Austin Aztex in 2012, Powers led a dominant midfield and helped the Aztex outscore their opponents 13 to 1.

Austin Aztex Partner With Local Soccer Organizations In Fight Against Pediatric Cancer

Courtesy Austin Aztex

Austin Soccer Kicks Cancer camp to be held Dec. 14-16 in Austin
AUSTIN, Texas, (Oct. 16, 2012) — The Austin Aztex have teamed up with local soccer organizations for a city-wide effort in the fight against pediatric cancer and will host the inaugural Austin Soccer Kicks Cancer Camp. Proceeds for the soccer camp will go to the Curing Children’s Cancer Fund. More than a dozen Austin-area soccer organizations will donate facilities and staff for the Austin Soccer Kicks Cancer Camp being held Dec. 14-16 at two sites:
  • North location: SoccerZone Lakeline (indoor and outdoor spaces) at 920 Old Mill Road, Cedar Park, TX, 78613
  • South location: Westcreek Soccer Complex at US 290 Service Rd & Westcreek Dr. Austin, TX 78749
“Speaking on behalf of all of the participating organizations, the Austin soccer community is proud to participate in this great cause and we look forward to conducting a great event in December,” said Ric Granryd, Austin Aztex Director of Operations. “Our two locations will provide a fun, learning environment for all campers and spread the message of the importance of supporting the efforts to cure all children’s cancers.”
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