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Discussion in 'Austin Aztex' started by eclipse02, Feb 21, 2011.
I feel the love
9 U.S. cities have hosted the World Cup, thanks for asking. Congratulations on having a giant American football stadium in your town.
So with the amazing star power and glamor of being a World Cup Host, why did the Orlando Lions, those giants of American soccer, fold two years later? Dragged down by the weight of too much history, I suppose.
Anyway, whatever, dude. It's not like soccer history is magical fairy dust anyway. Look at St. Louis, who actually did have some cred in that department (though of course not as a World Cup Host). They also had a famous soccer name coaching them (crappy, but famous; and I guess OCSC has some fame in that category, too), plus they played a division higher and had Steve Ralston around (for a while, anyway). That organization was also famously shooting for MLS. Maybe it was all Cooper's ineptitude, but those folks averaged less than 3k in their one and only season.
Look. Getting a lot of fans to soccer games in this country ain't easy. Ask literally every single soccer club over the last 30 years, with the possible exception of the new MLS teams in the Pacific Northwest. So when the exact same team, with more or less the same owner, pops up across the country in a way that should arguably get them less fans (lower division play, brand new team, etc.) and instead they get instant, amazing numbers, expect some skepticism.
I expect nothing but the worst from everyone, so that's not a problem.
Do you like kicking people when they are down, too? If not, why are you posting these messages in our forum?
You've got our soccer team. Congratulations. Do you really need to kick sand in our face, too?
Had Phil lifted a finger to say even one word before leaving to those of us (except for Matt) who put in a lot of time and effort to help the cause, things would be different. But he didn't and they aren't. While I still have a lot of affection for the players and the coach, I will rejoice if that franchise fails.
Petty? Sure. But don't be such a coward if you don't want pettiness directed at you.
Just to clarify, he didn't tell me anything before the Monday announcement. I also know that he didn't tell most of the staff until the Tuesday before. 6 days before the announcement. He kept EVERYONE in the dark. That's one of the things that hacked so many folks off.
And a note to Orlando Health and any other companies that want to put their money behind OC: that "EVERYONE" included sponsors, as well.
I heard from a reliable source that the marketing director of one of the Aztex's biggest (possibly *the* biggest) only heard about the move through the press, like the rest of us. He was livid, to say the least. I don't know what kinds of contractual deals may or may not have been in place, but if nothing else, that's just totally crappy.
Is that AMD???
PS: I ran into Joey Worthen on the Great Lawn at Zilker a few weeks ago. He's been working on getting coaching licenses.
I would personally love to see EA and the Austin soccer community try and keep track of the former players that provided us a couple seasons of soccer here in Austin.
I am missing live footy
Dude, I hate it for you. It's too bad Lance is in deep dung now 'cuz he might've been able to build an impressive ownership group to resurrect pro soccer in the Hill Country. Who are other notable Austin residents (current or former) who could be called upon?
There is lot's of wealth in Austin, most investment wealth in Austin (roughly $122.3 million in 2010) is in Renewable Energy, Data Services, Creative Media, Software Development, Healthcare and Biotechnology.
The New York Times Business Blog says "Austin is a hotbed for small business relocation. Interesting factors such as 'urban economics' are cited in addition to the traditional ones, such as a strong business climate, skilled work force, and high quality of life." – You’re the Boss.
Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) alum GameSalad, raised $6.1 million in its second round of funding from Steamboat Ventures (Disney’s investment arm); Greycroft Partners; DFJ Mercury; DFJ Frontier and ff Asset Management.
The United States Grand Prix will be held at Austin's new "Circuit of the Americas" track in mid-2012. The world-class facility will host Formula One racing as well as MotoGP motorcycle racing, with a projected economic impact of over $400 million a year for the Austin area.
The Austin Metropolitan area ranks 35th in the US. Ahead of nearly all NASL/USL teams (the exception being Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh)
The Austin Metro is comparable to San Antonio (NASL expansion team in 2012) and MLS Kansas City, San Jose and Columbus. And out paces all of those areas in population growth by 15 to 25%.
What does all this mean for Soccer in Austin? Austin is obviously an up and coming, viable and fertile soccer market. Where growth occurs in both population and economic stature, so does the desire for soccer. Austin is that exciting and dynamic place where big things are going to happen and a soccer team with a soccer specific stadium is one of those things.
As a the "Voice of Austin Soccer" we must continue to express our interest and our passion for seeing soccer in Austin. Write your chamber of commerce, email the city council, call local business people. Do it and do it often. We can make this happen!
Austin Energy 2012!
Uh...he's in the deep shit, otherwise known as serious trouble.
Sorry, should have highlighted Lance as well. I'm not following Armstrong's career. Are there more allegations about doping?
Edit: what's this about me and language clarifications on this thread?
Yeah. 60 minutes did a piece last week. Tyler Hamilton said he testified that he did PED's with Lance when he was his teammate.
He's lied and cheated and changed his story like Floyd Landis did so it might not have been a deal breaker.
But 60 minutes also reported that long time Lance best bud George Hincappie also testified to the grand jury that they did the dope and got each other the dope. George is considered a boy scout in the sport.
The American Outlaws are gearing up for a big year ahead, and will help their members get ready with a rally in May in Austin, Texas.
The US national team supporters group have announced an organizational rally, to be held May 6-8 at the JW Marriott in downtown Austin.
When asked to rank the league's expansion candidate cities during the interview, Garber said St. Louis and Sacramento were No. 1 and 2, respectively, followed by Detroit, San Diego, San Antonio, Austin and Cincinnati, in that order.