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Switchbacks FC Unveil Logo
Club's official song, 'Switchback Attack', also revealed at event


Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC News Release -- www.switchbacksfc.com

Thursday, June 5, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC unveiled their first logo this evening limiting out on available space at the Ivywild School Gymnasium with 250 fans. The evening was filled with the Switchbacks new song "Switchback Attack”, hype video, motion graphics, song, and chants from the COS Colonials.

The Switchbacks crest has its roots in the Colorado Springs Flag emblem with the hexagon shape and sunburst behind the soccer ball. The entire movement of the mark represents the switchbacks movement which is defined by the club as a sudden change of direction. The hexagon border stops short of making final terminations in order to allow the shape of an “S”. Mountain peaks are subtly referenced on the top and bottom of the mark. The five vertical red lines represent the five Colorado military bases. The cross fluery represents the term “believe” to the club.

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St. Louis Announces Logo Contest
Official logo set to be announced June 9 following fan vote


St. Louis FC News Release -- www.stlouisuslpro.com

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

ST. LOUIS -- Saint Louis Football Club has been unveiled as the newest member of USL PRO, beginning play in 2015. The franchise, which was originally announced in early May, revealed its official team name Monday before launching a fan vote for the team’s new logo Wednesday.

“We believe Saint Louis FC will embody all that is great about soccer in this community,” Saint Louis FC President Jim Kavanaugh said. “With a long history of contributing to the game in the United States, we felt simplicity was key. We wanted a name that all of St. Louis could connect with.”

Both logos featured in the fan vote set out to achieve a connection to St. Louis and the city’s rich history.

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18th Franchise Awarded to Austin, Texas
Aztex become 5th addition for 2015



USL PRO News Release

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO is pleased to announce the addition of the Austin Aztex as its 18th franchise, continuing the league’s dramatic growth throughout the central and southwest United States. Joining Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, Louisville City FC, Saint Louis FC and Tulsa Roughnecks FC, Austin will debut in USL PRO for the 2015 season as the league realizes its blueprint for steady, regionalized growth.

The Aztex are owned and operated by ATX SOCCER LLC, which includes Chairman Rene van de Zande, President and CEO of Emergo Group, a leading medical device consultancy with offices in 25 countries. Additional partners include Austin-based Formula One racing track Circuit of the Americas Founder and Chairman Bobby Epstein, and Paul Thornton, president of TAG Presents, Circuit of America’s events management company. The strong, local ownership group is rounded out byDavid Markley, VP of Technology Development for Fallbrook Technologies, the founder of ATX SOCCER LLC.


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Louisville City FC unveils 'abstract' new logo

With more than 100 logo design entries to choose from, the Louisville City Football Club on Sunday unveiled a new crest featuring purple and gold colors with an abstract take on the city's skyline.

Team owner Wayne Estopinal made the announcement for his minor league club, which starts play in 2015 at Louisville Slugger Field, during the U.S.-Portugal watch party at Fourth Street Live.

"I'm sure we're not going to please everybody, but I think the key to this was, we got the community engaged," Estopinal said. "We got many, many entries from professional designers down to an 8-year-old. Clearly, everybody put a great deal of time into these things. They looked great."


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Sacramento Hosts West Bromwich Albion
Premier League side to visit for pair of contests July 21 & 25



Sacramento Republic FC News Release -- www.sacrepublicfc.com

Monday, June 23, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC will host the Barclays Premier League’s West Bromwich Albion FC on July 21 and July 25 in friendly matches at Bonney Field in Sacramento, Calif. Kickoff time for both matches is 7:30 p.m. PT. The matches will be presented by Bonney Plumbing, Heating, Air and Rooter Service.

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Kickers To Host Mexico U-21s
Exciting exhibition game set for Tuesday night at City Stadium


Richmond Kickers News Release -- www.richmondkickers.com

, Va. – The Richmond Kickers are pleased to host the Mexico U21 National Team in an international exhibition at City Stadium this Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The historic match will showcase top young talent from Mexico’s top flight, Liga MX, as the team prepares for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. General admission tickets for $20 are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.

"Our previous Mexico match-up produced an electric crowd that was one, if not the best, fan atmospheres we have ever experienced at City Stadium,” said Leigh Cowlishaw, Richmond Kickers Director of Soccer. “This is another fantastic opportunity for our fans and players to sample the energy, passion and authentic soccer atmosphere this Word Cup style event will bring to RVA.”


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Republic FC Falls Late Against Atlas
Alvarez has goal in international exhibition


Sacramento Republic FC News Release -- www.sacrepublicfc.com

Sunday, July 6, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento Republic FC held a halftime lead, but Liga MX side Atlas FC scored two goals in the last 10 minutes to claim a 2-1 victory at a sold-out Bonney Field on Sunday evening. Max Alvarez scored for Sacramento in the club's first of four international exhibitions this summer.


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Whitecaps FC announces intent to bring USL PRO soccer to New Westminster
Signed MoU first step in process to launch new franchise



NEW WESTMINSTER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the City of New Westminster have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), marking their intent to work towards the launch of a United Soccer Leagues (USL) PRO franchise to the community of New Westminster.

“We are thrilled to announce our efforts with the City of New Westminster to bring a new professional soccer team to its vibrant sports and family oriented community,” said club president Bob Lenarduzzi. “A USL PRO franchise in our own backyard is an important step in our efforts to support the development of players, especially young Canadians, at every level by bridging the pathway to our Major Soccer League team, as well as the national team.”

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Delicate Leads Kickers Past Sacramento
Two goals earn Richmond 2-1 victory against Republic FC


Saturday, July 12, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. – Matthew Delicâte’s two second-half goals led the Richmond Kickers to a 2-1 victory against Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday night at City Stadium. Delicâte’s 11th and 12th goals on the season are good enough to move him into a tie for the USL PRO-lead in goals.

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Republic FC Falls Against Albion
Dorrans scores only goal from penalty spot for West Brom



Sacramento Republic FC News Release -- www.sacrepublicfc.com

Monday, July 21, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- An early penalty kick proved to be the difference as West Bromwich Albion defeated Sacramento Republic FC 1-0 on Monday night in an international exhibition at Bonney Field. Republic FC controlled possession and outshot its English Premier League opponent but was unable to find a goal


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USL PRO Executives Headed to Portland
Board of Governors meetings held at MLS All-Star Game



TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO is welcoming owners and executives from its 14 current and five announced 2015 expansion teams to Portland, Oregon this week for its midseason Board of Governors meetings in conjunction with the 2014 MLS All-Star Game.

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Austin Aztex Announce Dalglish As Head Coach
Returns to club after stint with Real Salt Lake in MLS



Monday, August 4, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Aztex announced today they have come to an agreement with Paul Dalglish as head coach and technical director of the team. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not announced.

Dalglish, age 37, served as assistant coach under Jeff Cassar at Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake during their 2014 campaign and will begin his role with the Aztex starting mid-August.

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USL CEO hints at FC Tucson promotion, talks league expansion

USL Chief Executive Officer Alec Papadakis met with the media at Peoria Sports Complex prior to Arizona United SC’s match with Sacramento Republic FC Saturday night and revealed his plans to meet with FC Tucson officials today to discuss a possible jump to USL PRO.

FC Tucson, which plays in the USL PDL (fourth division), is coming off its best season in club history, reaching the West Final before being eliminated by Kitsap Pumas.

Papadakis was optimistic about FC Tucson’s chances of moving up, noting it would be good for United and an Arizona area that “has produced so many good players.”

“It’s a very good possibility,” Papadakis said. “That would be a very nice rivalry.”

Papadakis said any changes would happen “in the next season or two.”


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USL PRO Executives Headed to Portland
Board of Governors meetings held at MLS All-Star Game



TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO is welcoming owners and executives from its 14 current and five announced 2015 expansion teams to Portland, Oregon this week for its midseason Board of Governors meetings in conjunction with the 2014 MLS All-Star Game.

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the need to address this expansion, United Soccer Leagues CEO Alec Papadakis was asked whether the 18-team field in place for 2015 could grow further. He noted that discussions with MLS could push the final number as high as 22 for next season. “That’s something that will be sorted out… actually next week because we are having a board of governors meeting and the MLS are having their meetings as well.” He emphasized that he wants to see Arizona United find its MLS partnership soon.

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FC Dallas B Team

FRISCO, Texas – Hunt Sports Group vice president Dan Hunt has spoken in the past of his admiration for FC Barcelona’s venerated youth system, and if recent reports are true, FC Dallas may soon be emulating one aspect of the La Liga giants' player development model with a “B” team playing as a full member of a lower-division league.

A recent report from the USL PRO blog RecklessChallenge.net speculates that FC Dallas could be one of at least two MLS clubs fielding a second team starting next season in the U.S. Soccer pyramid’s third tier.

FC Dallas officials declined to comment on the report when contacted by MLSsoccer.com, but the 20-odd game season played by USL PRO teams would certainly be in line with FCD’s vision for player development as recently articulated by Hunt.

Should FC Dallas be one of those teams, they have multiple local options to stage USL PRO league games with Toyota Stadium, the adjacent Toyota Soccer Center and the recently awarded contract to manage Soccer Park at Elm Fork in Northwest Dallas.

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Dan Hunt reveals FC Dallas’ USL-Pro plans


Yeah, we are in the final stages of having an affiliate for the 2015 USL Pro season. I won’t elaborate who it is out of respect for them and also the league. There’s just so many moving parts. Not only is there going to be a new labor negotiation coming up, but the league is kind of going into a soft landing in 2015, but we will have an affiliate. For us, we develop our own young players and this is a great way to get these kids meaningful games. I’ll point to Moises Hernandez’s development, when he went on loan these last two years, got those great games. You look and see what Victor Ulloa’s done this year and I’m so excited for both of them and obviously, Kellyn Acosta had a number of good performances last year and he had some before his injury, but we’re excited to get him back shortly. These guys just need games, so our path is to have an affiliate for 2015 and it’ll be somebody that is a very likeminded group, so we feel good in trusting our players to them. And then, our goal is to have our own team in 2016. We’re working out those details.

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18th Franchise Awarded to Austin, Texas
Aztex become 5th addition for 2015



USL PRO News Release

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO is pleased to announce the addition of the Austin Aztex as its 18th franchise, continuing the league’s dramatic growth throughout the central and southwest United States. Joining Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, Louisville City FC, Saint Louis FC and Tulsa Roughnecks FC, Austin will debut in USL PRO for the 2015 season as the league realizes its blueprint for steady, regionalized growth.

The Aztex are owned and operated by ATX SOCCER LLC, which includes Chairman Rene van de Zande, President and CEO of Emergo Group, a leading medical device consultancy with offices in 25 countries. Additional partners include Austin-based Formula One racing track Circuit of the Americas Founder and Chairman Bobby Epstein, and Paul Thornton, president of TAG Presents, Circuit of America’s events management company. The strong, local ownership group is rounded out byDavid Markley, VP of Technology Development for Fallbrook Technologies, the founder of ATX SOCCER LLC.


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Aztex Invitational Camp:

The Austin Aztex are pleased to announce the team’s USL PRO Invitational Camp will take place Wednesday, Oct. 1 through Friday, Oct. 3 at Kelly Reeves Athletics Complex in Austin.

The three day camp provides players the opportunity to join Austin’s professional soccer team for their inaugural 2015 season through intense training and scrimmages in front of the Aztex coaching staff, led by Head Coach Paul Dalglish.

“We are looking for players who will represent the Aztex jersey well while playing the game in our relentless, exciting and attractive manner,” Dalglish said. “We want to see all of the high quality talent that wish to represent the Aztex in USL PRO and we expect to see some top quality players at this Invitational Camp.”

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Big fan of the new Roughnecks FC logo and kits.
The back of this jersey is pretty awesome too



 

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2014 USL PRO Playoffs Field Set
Four quarterfinals kick off postseason on Saturday night


No. 1 Orlando City SC vs. No. 8 Harrisburg City Islanders
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET
The Lions went undefeated at home to claim their third regular season title, but will host a Harrisburg side that was able to claim victory for the first time against Orlando this season. Robbie Derschang scored twice as Harrisburg defeated the Lions 3-2 at Skyline Sports Complex, but the Lions got revenge at home in the return contest with a 3-1 win led by Darwin Ceren.

No. 2 Sacramento Republic FC vs. No. 7 Wilmington Hammerheads
Bonney Field, Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET
Republic FC concluded an outstanding inaugural season in second place in the league standings, and made Bonney Field a tough place to visit for opponents as it took eight wins in 10 games at its permanent home. Wilmington fell 2-0 against Sacramento when it visited California, but the two teams played to a draw at Legion Stadium in the return fixture, and the Hammerheads looked bright to close the season going 3-1-3 in their final seven contests.

No. 3 LA Galaxy II vs. No. 6 Rochester Rhinos
StubHub Center, Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET
The Galaxy II claimed the No. 3 seed as they handed Sacramento its first loss at Bonney Field in its final game of the season. Los Dos return home to face a Rochester side that also boosted its position on the final weekend of the season, as a win against Wilmington jumped the Rhinos up two spots into sixth. The lone meeting between the two teams this season was also at StubHub Center, where the Rhinos took a 2-1 victory behind a goal and an assist by Alex Dixon.

No. 4 Richmond Kickers vs. No. 5 Charleston Battery
City Stadium, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET
The two longtime rivals meet in the postseason for the first time in the USL PRO era, with another tight game in prospect. The two teams played to draws in both of their meetings this season and have been almost inseparable during their histories, with both teams having taken 22 wins with six draws in 50 meetings all-time.

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2014 USL PRO PLAYOFFS
Quarterfinals
Saturday, September 13
Richmond 2, Charleston 1, AET
Harrisburg 1, Orlando 0
Sacramento 4, Wilmington 1
LA Galaxy II 2, Rochester 1

Semifinals
Saturday, September 20
No. 4 Richmond Kickers vs. No. 8 Harrisburg City Islanders, 7 p.m. ET, City Stadium
No. 2 Sacramento Republic FC vs. No. 3 LA Galaxy II, 10:30 p.m. ET, Bonney Field

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