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Austin's Soccer Team Moves Up The Professional Ranks

Updated: Tuesday, June 10 2014, 07:01 PM CDT

They got all the talent of a professional soccer team, now the Austin Aztex will officially be one. Starting in 2015, the Austin Aztex will join the USL PRO.

"USL Pro will allow us to have an expanded season, we will be able to train players year round, our players and coaches will be able to be involved in the community year round," says Austin Aztex Chairman David Markley.

The level they are now competing on is a premier development league. USL PRO is a proven path towards major league soccer and very high level of competition with pay.

"Certainly we're excited about the opportunity to have players earn their income playing pro and that's what all those players aspire to do and if we can help them achieve those dreams, we'd love to be able to do it," says Markley.

Among the changes is also the addition of new high powered co-owners.

"We are pleased to add Bobby Epstein and Paul Thornton and to our ownership group," says Markley.

Bobby is founder and chairman of the Circuit of the Americas and Paul founded and built up one of the largest independent live entertainment promotions companies in the country.

But does this mean we could be getting a soccer stadium soon?

"Certainly that's the dream, I think what today's announcement does is allows us to have those conversation in a different light than we could previously," says Markley.

By Lydia Pantazes

Austin's Soccer Team Moves Up The Professional Ranks


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Scores & Schedules

May 06, 2015 07:15 GMT

INTERLEAGUE

N-Y Mets 3 Baltimore 2

Wednesday's Games

Baltimore (U.Jimenez 2-1) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 2-3), 7:10 p.m.

AMERICAN LEAGUE Tuesday's Games

N.Y. Yankees 6, Toronto 3

N.Y. Mets 3, Baltimore 2

Boston 2, Tampa Bay 0

Kansas City 5, Cleveland 3

Chicago White Sox 5, Detroit 2

Oakland 2, Minnesota 1

Texas 7, Houston 1

L.A. Angels 5, Seattle 4

Wednesday's Games

N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 0-4) at Toronto (Buehrle 3-2), 7:07 p.m.

Tampa Bay (Colome 1-0) at Boston (Masterson 2-0), 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Carrasco 3-2) at Kansas City (D.Duffy 2-0), 8:10 p.m.

Detroit (Simon 4-1) at Chicago White Sox (Sale 2-1), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Kazmir 2-0) at Minnesota (Gibson 2-2), 8:10 p.m.

Texas (Lewis 1-2) at Houston (Deduno 0-0), 8:10 p.m.

Seattle (Elias 0-1) at L.A. Angels (C.Wilson 1-2), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Tuesday's Games

Cincinnati 7, Pittsburgh 1

Miami 2, Washington 1

N.Y. Mets 3, Baltimore 2

Atlanta 9, Philadelphia 0

L.A. Dodgers 8, Milwaukee 2

St. Louis 7, Chicago Cubs 4

Arizona at Colorado, ppd., rain

San Francisco 6, San Diego 0

Wednesday's Games

Miami (Koehler 2-2) at Washington (Scherzer 1-3), 1:05 p.m.

Arizona (Collmenter 2-3) at Colorado (Matzek 2-0), 3:10 p.m., 1st game

San Diego (Kennedy 1-1) at San Francisco (Heston 2-2), 3:45 p.m.

Arizona (Ray 0-0) at Colorado (Lyles 2-2), 6:40 p.m., 2nd game

Cincinnati (Leake 1-1) at Pittsburgh (G.Cole 4-0), 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (Williams 2-1) at Atlanta (Foltynewicz 1-0), 7:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Frias 2-0) at Milwaukee (W.Peralta 0-4), 8:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Lester 1-2) at St. Louis (Lynn 1-2), 8:15 p.m.

NBA PLAYOFFS

Tuesday, May 5

Atlanta 106, Washington 90, series tied 1-1

Memphis 97, Golden State 90, series tied 1-1

Wednesday, May 6

Chicago at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Houston, 9:30 p.m.

NBA PLAYOFFS

Tuesday, May 5

Chicago 1, Minnesota 0, Chicago leads series 3-0

Calgary 4, Anaheim 3, OT, Anaheim leads series 2-1

Wednesday, May 6

N.Y. Rangers at Washington, 7:30 p.m.

Montreal at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

MLS

Wednesday, May 13

Orlando City at D.C. United, 8 p.m.

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