AUSTIN AZTEX Austin Aztex to debut against trio of MLS teams in exhibition series STAFF REPORTS Monday, January 12, 2009 Major League Soccer will come to Austin for the first time next month, when the Austin Aztex opens a series of exhibition games against three MLS clubs. During a two-week span starting in late February, the Aztex will face the New England Revolution, Houston Dynamo and Columbus Crew in matches at Nelson Field in Austin. The Aztex will officially announce the MLS exhibitions today. "We wanted to bring in the best the MLS has to offer," said Aztex owner Phil Rawlins. "New England has been to the MLS Cup three of the last four seasons. Houston won it two years in a row (2006 and 2007), and Columbus is the reigning champion. "We believe Austin fans deserve an opportunity to see top-level professional soccer." The Aztex is preparing for its first season in the top division of the United Soccer League. Austin will face New England at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 28. A week later on March 7, the Aztex will play Houston. The third exhibition contest, against Columbus, will take place on March 14. "Exhibitions are a great way to evaluate talent and since this will be our first-ever game action, I believe these games will allow us to really identify who will see considerable playing action in the upcoming season," said Aztex coach Adrian Heath. Tickets for the exhibition games may be purchased online at www.austinaztex.com. Single-game seats cost $20 and $30. Anyone purchasing Aztex season tickets before Feb. 23 will receive free admission to the three MLS exhibitions. --------- You folks all come visit me here for once! Yeah yeah, we all know the story is wrong about this being the first games by MLS in Austin. Foregive our Aztex for thinking the world started when they did.