Photo: Austin Aztex web site
Texas is a great land. Stop to ask any passerby and you will likely hear a long list as to why he or she would never live in any other state. In the name of Texas, we are all family here in the Lone Star state. However, as with any family, there is a black sheep, and that sheep’s name is Austin.
There are many reasons why Austin doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of the state. We’re blue, they’re red. We’re vegan-friendly. They don’t know what that means. We’ll do anything to save our salamanders. They wonder if the animal would make a good boot. See, just small differences really.
Well, here’s the kicker: in the capitol of the state that worships football, we now have futbol. No, that’s not a typo. Austin has a professional soccer club enjoying its second season, the Austin Aztex FC. Now, with a season under the team’s belt and playing out of a better facility, the Aztex are finally drawing in the crowds. In fact, last Wednesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rowdies enjoyed record-setting attendance, nearly filling House Park to capacity.
With reasonably priced tickets and several of community outreach initiatives, it’s no wonder the Aztex are settling in nicely with the locals. They even have a herd of volunteers that call themselves the Aztex Army that do a great job of assisting the administration with operating game-day activities.
As nice as all that may be, the tip of the hat must really go to the Aztex booster section. They are a well-oiled machine of enthusiastic, border-line psychopathic aficionados, fueled by opponents’ fear and loathing. They command the attention of fans and players alike with their bilingual chants, myriad of noise-makers, and well-rehearsed drum line. Yeah, you read right. Representing the true spirit of Austin, the Aztex are Spanish language friendly and even their soccer games have live music.
So even if you’re a die-hard UT football—with two “O’s”—fan, you can still come out for the fun of a soccer game at House Park and catch Aztex fever. Really, you have nothing to lose. The seasons hardly overlap, and nobody will judge you for swinging both ways. After all, this IS Austin.
For more information on the team and game schedule, visit the Austin Aztex web site here.