Hutto YSA and the Austin Texans announced an “affiliation” that will consist of the Gunners becoming Austin Texans and Hutto YSA retaining an independent recreational program affiliated with the Texans. No firm leadership team of the combined organization has been announced. The Texans, formed from the Revolution SC, initially maintained affiliations with Round Rock Soccer Association and Pflugerville Area YSL.
In 2008, disappointed with the direction of the Texans club after it dropped the Revolution name, RRSA restarted its Crossfire select program and the clubs co-existed for a year. However, the relationship was severed in 2009 after continued conflict. Shortly thereafter, PAYSL also instituted an in house select program, and severed ties with Austin Texans this year.
Without a recreational affiliation, Texans sought to launch its own rec league, and was met with limited success. Thus, the reach into Hutto positions Texans with a growing association in a growing area. It’s proximity to Pflugerville and Round Rock keeps convenience for current Texans players who may be placed with Hutto based teams.
This merger surprised many, who questioned whether a Gifton Noel Williams – Wes Schevers leadership team could work. However, the far bigger question will be whether Texans can finally find a way to form a cohesive bond with a recreational group. History is not on their side, but new leadership both from a coaching and board standpoint gives both organizations a reason to hope that the third time will be a charm.
Read the formal announcement here.