Major League Soccer is coming to Austin as the Austin Aztex present the inaugural ATX Pro Challenge, a four team competition bracket.
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The tournament will be held Friday, February 13 through Sunday,
February 15, 2015 at University of Texas at Austin's Mike A. Myers
Stadium and will feature three MLS teams.
ATX Pro Challenge Schedule:
Columbus Crew SC vs. FC Dallas -5:45 pm
Austin Aztex vs. D.C. United -8:00 pm
Loser Semi1 vs. Loser Semi2- 1:00 pm
February 15, 2015 Winner Semi1 vs. Winner Semi2 -
The Austin Aztex will compete in USL PRO starting in 2015 under the
helm of head coach Paul Dalglish. The team played in the USL Premier
Development League (PDL) from 2012-2014 and won the 2013 League
Championship in just their second year in operation, earning the USL
PDL Franchise of the Year award. The Aztex finished each USL PDL among
the top ten highest-drawing teams in the league and drew a record
crowd of 4,754 in the 2014 playoffs.
Columbus Crew SC
Columbus Crew SC will travel to Austin for the first time since
announcing its affiliation agreement with the Aztex in November.
Evolving to Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) in 2015 ahead of the
organization's 20th season, Crew SC is Ohio's Major League Soccer
club. Owned and operated by Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV), and the
League's first club, it won its first MLS Cup championship in 2008,
and has also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and MLS Supporters'
Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. 2014 is the Crew's 16th season
at first-of-its-kind Crew Stadium, the first topflight soccer-specific
facility built in the United States.
D.C. United one of the most successful professional soccer
organizations in the history of the United States. United is four-time
MLS Cup Champions (1996, 1997, 1999 and 2004) and winners of the 1996,
2008 and 2013 U.S. Open Cup, the 1998 CONCACAF Champions Cup, the 1998
Interamerican Cup and the 1997, 1999, 2006 and 2007 MLS Supporters
FC Dallas is owned and operated by Hunt Sports Group. The professional
team plays from March to November at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
One of the first soccer-specific stadiums built in the United States,
the venue plays host to Major League Soccer matches, concerts,
international soccer matches and high school football. The 145-acre
Toyota Soccer Center also includes 17 regulation-sized,
tournament-grade soccer fields and is also home to the organization's
nationally-renowned youth development system.