The entire Austin Aztex organization has a lot to be proud of this year – winning a national championship in their second year in existence, in a very competitive, 64-team league; setting a new record attendance in five straight games to end the season; earning Premier Development League Coach of the Year and Player of the Year honors – but the coolest thing of all may be the extent to which this really was an Austin team. Seven of the regulars grew up and played their youth soccer right here in the Austin area; almost all the rest are either from Texas or attend college here. Captain Zack Pope and goalkeeper Devin Cook (both from Round Rock) had great seasons; but it’s Tyrpak – a modest kid from Dripping Springs with a great nose for the goal, plus the pace and timing to tear open defenses with runs off the ball – who was voted the Most Valuable Player in the entire Premier Development League, which pretty much makes him the best amateur player in the nation, so it’s hard to vote against that.
Kristopher Tyrpak, Austin Aztex, 2720 Bee Caves Rd. #220, 512/402-2892, www.austinaztex.com