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Austin's Soccer Team Moves Up The Professional Ranks

Updated: Tuesday, June 10 2014, 08:01 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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February 27, 2015 08:08 GMT

NBA

Thursday's Games

Cleveland 110, Golden State 99

Phoenix 117, Oklahoma City 113, OT

Friday's Games

Washington at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Cleveland at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Orlando at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Golden State at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

New York at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Charlotte at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Miami at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Brooklyn at Houston, 8 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Utah at Denver, 9 p.m.

San Antonio at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

Milwaukee at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Portland, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Thursday's Games

St. Louis 2, Winnipeg 1, SO

Buffalo 6, Vancouver 3

N.Y. Rangers 4, Arizona 3

Montreal 5, Columbus 2

Toronto 3, Philadelphia 2

Chicago 3, Florida 0

Minnesota 4, Nashville 2

Ottawa 1, Los Angeles 0

Detroit 3, San Jose 2

Friday's Games

Boston at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Calgary at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Washington at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Los Angeles at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

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