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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Murray Hanson, Lonestar Coach, Passes Away

The Austin soccer world was saddened today with news of the passing of longtime local coach Murray Hanson.  Originally from Canada, Hanson initially came to Austin as part of the Coerver Coaching program’s work with the Round Rock Crossfire.  He was a long time staff member of the Lonestar Soccer Club, and was also involved with Cen-Tex Soccer training.

Hanson is believed to have passed away from complications of a long-standing heart condition.  Arrangements are pending.

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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