Where Does Austin Club Soccer Go Next?

The consolidation of select clubs in the Austin area has had both positive and negative effects.  One of the oft mentioned negatives is the loss of old rivalries.  The days of the Capitals/Flyers rivalry or Thunder/Eagles are long gone.  In its place, intra-club match ups are often the most competitive matches of the season, and smaller clubs spend their time shooting at the “big kid” on the block.  More than the loss of rivalries, though, is the loss of history.  How many players and parents today know who the Capitals were, or that the ’70 Capitals boys team was the first Central Texas team to advance to the USYSA national championships?  Who has played a match at Longhorn Soccer Park, or can tell us who Laszlo was and why he used to yell “Bluebonnet” as a match came to a close?  Who remembers watching Milan Dovedan play with the Soccadillos and then coach for the Flyers?  Who remembers hanging out at the Cantina at Retama while waiting to play against the Generals?  Who would have thought that when the River City Rangers became the new kid on the block in 1991, that 20 years later they would be far and away the longest surviving club in Austin?  In 1991, the betting money was much more on the “All Star Soccer Club” which also started that year in the same area outlasting the Rangers.  Who remembers who the ASSC Director of Coaching was?

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