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"...Soccer, are firming up. The NWSL will begin in the spring of 2013 with eight teams: Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Sky Blue FC, Washington Spirit, Western New York Flash, and Seattle (unnamed)...."
"...The Austin Aztex host the Miami FC Blues Saturday night with a lot on the line – including, possibly, their seasonlong league lead in the USSF Division 2. With two road wins in the last week, the Rochester Rhinos have pulled within two points of the Aztex, though they've also played three more games..."
"...The Aztex had a great week last week, with an Eddie Johnson goal giving them their first win since July 3, capping a couple of big signings, and official confirmation of next year's move to House Park. This week is brutal, though: They are playing in Vancouver Wednesday as we go to press, go all the way across the continent to Miami FC Saturday night before coming home for the Labor Day game, and then will finish the season with a return trip to the Pacific Northwest (Portland, Sept..."
"...That would leave only the Houston Dynamo alive for the MLS; their Tuesday game was postponed due to stadium damage (though it'll be ready for Saturday's rivalry game against the San Jose Earthquakes). Ironically, the USL's Puerto Rico Islanders and Montreal Impact (from the division the Austin Aztex will join next season) are succeeding where the MLS failed; the Islanders beat Panama's Tauro FC, who knocked out Chivas USA in the last round..."
"...soccer fan's attention this week turns to preseason preparations for Major League Soccer, and for the second division USL Championship, both of which start play in early March. Locally, USL's Austin Bold FC, kicking off their first season at their new stadium out at COTA, continues to add players: This week they announced deals to get two young prospects on loan from top-flight clubs in Mexico and Colombia – 23-year-old defender Josué Soto and goalkeeper Juan David Ramírez, 22..."
"...Our lives are not separate. We deserve equal representation," says FC creator Veronica Ceci..."
"...10, for the latest on the Columbus Crew/McKalla Place saga, heading to City Council today. But meanwhile, Austin did gain one pro soccer team for sure last week: Circuit of the Americas unveiled the Austin Bold FC, who'll be playing at COTA in the USL..."
"...8) San Antonio MLS bid dead? San Antonio FC had a strong season on the field and at the box office, but they didn't make the final cut for the four MLS expansion franchises to be added in 2019-22...."
"...See "Public Notice," Dec. 1, for an update on Columbus Crew FC's planned move to Austin… Meanwhile, the Crew are at Toronto FC in the MLS Eastern Conference finals Wednesday evening as we go to press..."
"...Austin's own Columbus Crew FC hosts regular season champs Toronto FC in the MLS Eastern Conference finals, Tue., Nov. 21, at 7pm on ESPN; Houston-Seattle follows at 9pm on FS1....."
"...San Antonio FC remains undefeated, and set a new USL record with their fifth straight road win (1-0) Friday at Kansas City's Swope Park Rangers. They host the return match at Toyota Field this Saturday, June 3, at 7:30pm..."
"...Juventus and Real Madrid cruised into the European Champions League final this week, with comfortable wins over Monaco and Atlético Madrid, respectively. That final will be June 3 in Cardiff, Wales… The Europa League semifinals are today: Manchester United-Celta de Vigo, and Lyon-Ajax Amsterdam, both at 2pm on Fox Sports 1 & 2, and ESPN Deportes… San Antonio FC remains undefeated in USL play; they host Seattle Sounders FC 2 Saturday, May 13, at Toyota Field; see www.sanantoniofc.com… Mark your calendar: Soccer Assist's Third Annual Soccer Social/Fundraiser is Friday, May 26, at Rock Rose Hall, featuring Austin legend Bob Schneider, winner of 12,000 Austin Music Awards...."
"...San Antonio is one of 12 cities in the running for four next-round expansion slots to begin play in 2020 or thereafter. The Spurs, who currently own second-division San Antonio FC, issued a statement thanking "Bexar County, the City of San Antonio, our corporate partners, and all of our supporters for their collaboration." See their video presentation, which includes the Austin market prominently, at www.sanantoniofc.com...."
"...In what has to be one of the better playoff series in MLS history, FC Toronto stormed back from a three-goal deficit last Wednesday night to beat Montreal 7-5 on aggregate, and advanced to their first-ever MLS Cup final, this Saturday, Dec. 10, 7pm on Fox…..."
"...with 1995’s inescapable wedding/breakup anthems “Wonderwall” and “Champagne Supernova,” the band never fully earned full marks stateside. America has always been a hard sell for proper British acts – other than the aforementioned Fab Four – and the band’s rabid UK fan base, which at its peak echoed the die-hard commitment of FC hooligans in its sonic omnivorousness and unrestrained ecstasy, peaked with Oasis selling out legendary Knebworth festival grounds to a deafening chorus of 250,000 Britons..."
"...Now comes the real test: In just over a week, the Aztex face their USL season opener, hosting the Colorado Springs Switchbacks March 28 at House Park, in the first game of their first pro season. This Tuesday, the Aztex officially added Guaraci to their roster, along with two other international players who saw action against San Antonio: Brazilian defender Fernando Timbo, who, like Guaraci, arrives here from Brazilian power Coritiba FC, plus Trinidad and Tobago national team striker Trevin Caesar, who was with the Scorpions last year....."
"...Local nonprofit Foundation Communities, which oversees affordable housing complexes around Austin, has drawn Zimmerman's ire for its proposed Cardinal Point project in D6, even though the whole area has only two such projects, and established policy is to build such housing throughout the city. This was one of two FC projects Zimmerman voted against; the contention stemmed in part from his belief that Council could put off approval until April, even though city staff assured him the deadline is Feb..."
"...The tournament will feature Aztex affiliate the Columbus Crew SC, four-time MLS champion D.C. United, and I-35 neighbor FC Dallas: Friday's semifinals have Columbus playing Dallas at 5:45pm, followed by the Aztex making their pro debut against D.C..."
"...13-15 at UT's Mike Myers Stadium, featuring Aztex affiliate the Columbus Crew SC, four-time MLS champion D.C. United, and I-35 neighbor FC Dallas, in a four-team, single elimination tournament..."